Monday, February 16, 2015
This was a special project that George Apap took on with his 9-year-old son, Daniel. One of George’s neighbors asked him to paint an old secretary desk and child’s rocking chair that were passed down from her parents and that she used as a child. George thought it would be a great father-son winter project, so they tackled the job while watching football playoff games.
George taught Daniel to remove and bag the hardware, thoroughly sand and clean the surfaces, and then (the fun part) to paint. For this project, George and Daniel used Benjamin Moore Advance. It is a waterborne paint that levels out great and dries hard. And what’s even more exciting than making old furniture look brand new, is that they found a note from the neighbor’s father indicating that the furniture was last painted in 1966! They felt honored to be part of this project and, as you can see, left their mark for the next generation.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
HPM continues to work every day despite the cold. With temperatures in the single digits and sometimes below zero at 8 am, the construction continues Everyday. With only two days missed due to heavy snow the project stays on track thanks to these rugged craftsmen.
Monday, February 09, 2015
The key to a strong subfloor that is squeak free is construction adhesive. Before each piece of plywood subfloor is installed the top of the floor joists are covered in a thick layer of construction adhesive then the panel is set into the adhesive and well fasted with nails. It takes a little longer to do this, but the stronger floor free of creaks and squeaks will pay off in the years to come.
Friday, February 06, 2015
This off road fork lift saved us a lot of work. Without it we would have to carried all the lumber by hand. The telehandler has the ability to lift an entire unit of lumber from the delivery truck directly onto the second floor deck. We are grateful for this machine!
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Zip system plywood is gaining in popularity. We chose it because it is allows us to build faster as it saves the step of adding house wrap. It has a built in moisture membrane that when used in conjunction with their proprietary joint tape becomes instantly weatherproof. Also it actually increases energy efficiency as it provides a continuous rigid air barrier that decreases unwanted air leakage. This sheathing comes with added cost and is more expensive than traditional OSB or plywood, but the speed of installation, energy efficiency and instant weather protection make it a worthwhile option.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Warmboard: we installed a special type of plywood subfloor called warmboard. The warmboard is a thick plywood subfloor that is prerouted out to accommodate radiant tubing, then it has an aluminum skin to allow for an even heat transfer from the tubing to your flooring. We did a fair amount of research and finally settled on this company. http://www.warmboard.com/ It is a great subfloor, but it is expensive to purchase and time consuming to install. It also had the unanticipated problem of being very slippery. Since we are building in the winter its not just wet, but often times icy. We had to put plywood and planks on top of the warmboard to make a safe work area. The reason we went though the extra money, time and inconvenience of installing this type of subfloor is that it is the most efficient and by far the most comfortable type of heat. A little inconvenience now and warm feet forever. I'm looking forward to being barefoot in the winter!
Here's a link on how this gets installed: http://www.warmboard.com/media/45
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Kudos to these guys that have been working in the frigid temps with smiles on their faces! They are such a pleasure to see each day. I'm not sure I would be so happy working outside in the temps we've had! This is our super fly crew - (From left to right) - Frank, Marek, TJ and Steve.
With all the rain we had in December, we made the decision to have Amaxx come back out and remove the mud and install a thick base of recycled asphalt. We felt that if we did not do this, it may hinder our access to the site come the snow. It was a great decision! (And yes, Amaxx to the rescue again!)
Dec 4: We are now three weeks behind schedule and framing finally begins. Unfortunately the garage and mud room areas are still waiting for the concrete to be poured. The pictures don't show that the clay based soil has turned the stickiest mud making it impossible to get a truck to the site. HPM is on site - Marek is the Crew Leader and we are impressed daily with this skill and expertise! These guys are truly such craftsmen
The snow looks beautiful on the trees, but does not help construction. The concrete the was scheduled to be completed by Nov 15, but is falling behind schedule. Still exciting, but frustrating! We have our HPM crew itching to go!
We allowed three weeks for Jason of Amaxx to get the site ready for concrete. He completed it in less than a week. (We told you he was a superstar!) The kids are starting to get excited as there is so much activity at the property.
The site is ready by nov 1, but unfortunately the Candulo Brothers concrete can not start any sooner than their scheduled start date of Nov 15. We knew that we were to build in the winter anyway, so this doesn't bother us - we are right on schedule!
Day 1: Breaking Ground - The excitement begins ..
It was our intent to write about the process of building our house from start to finish, but as with most things while building a house, this seemed to fall off the priority list. We are a little late with getting the blog going - we started the house in late October. A blessing throughout the project so far has been Jason Maxwell of Amaxx Excavation! What an absolute joy to work with! We work with so many different trades and this is one person we will always recommend for his exceptional service! Thank you Jason !
Monday, December 08, 2014
Working from home has become standard fare for many within the last few years. However, office decor doesn't often receive the most thought or planning, but it can have a significant impact on your work.
According to Forbes, our psychological responses to certain colors change the way we act, react and behave. By choosing the color you’re surrounded by in your office, you can let it influence your work in a positive way. You just have to find the right color that works with your position, your trade and your goals.
The intensity of a color can change human response as well. Saturated colors will stimulate emotion more intensely while low-saturation colors will have a less intense effect.
Red inspires passion. It’s great for someone whose personality plays a part in their work (sales, for example). Make sure to balance out the red with a more calming color, otherwise the high-productivity work it promotes might be short-lived.
Blue invokes serenity. Wellness-related fields or work that is less fast-paced would benefit from the calming effects of blue.
Green is the most balanced color. It’s the color of nature and invokes growth, wisdom and vitality. This color would be great for the person who needs to be reminded of balance and priority, the multitasker.
Yellow is is a great color to stimulate energy and optimism. For the person with a creative position or someone in the arts, yellow is an ideal color. It can also be used to balance out some of the calming effects of blue.
Since you’ll be spending most of your time at home in your office, you’ll want a healthy product. low-VOC or no-VOC are best to ensure optimal health and a low risk to being exposed to some of the unknown health effects found in VOC paint compounds.
Are you looking to create or revamp your office space at home? Give us a call. Color consultations are part of the services we provide and we’d be happy to help you pick the best color for your home office.
Monday, December 01, 2014
Q: How do I clean my painted interior walls without making streaks or changing the color of the paint?
A: First, you must determine what kind of paint is on those walls. Semi-gloss and glossy paints hold up best to washing. Flat, satin and eggshell paints may rub off or fade with a washing that’s too rough. Remove any dust from the wall so you’re not rubbing any of it onto your wall as you wash.
Next, prepare two buckets: one for the solution, the other for rinsing. In one bucket, mix the following: 1 gallon of warm water A few tablespoons or a squeeze of dish detergent Mix the solution to get suds and prepare a natural (no dye) sponge for washing. Test an inconspicuous surface first to make sure the paint isn’t affected. Start in a small area near the floor and work your way up; it’s easier to clean drips on a wet surface than a dry one. If you need to take a break, make sure you finish one entire wall first, otherwise, you might see wash marks.
Use the same strength for the entire wall to make sure the hue of the paint will not fade, following each area with the rinse sponge and bucket. If this water becomes muddy-looking, switch it out for clean water. Follow these steps throughout the entire room, and your walls will look brand new. Make sure to avoid abrasive soft-scrub cleaners. They often have small particles in them that will damage the color and sheen of your paint.
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Monday, November 24, 2014
This past week, our newly-hired employees completed one portion of our training series.
The theme? Fast-drying plaster.
We use a fast-setting formula that dries so quickly it can be sanded and painted in the same day. It’s great for quick repairs and works very well with both oil and latex-based paints.
You’ve seen those cracks that appear in your walls and ceilings after a new house settles. There’s no way to prevent those cracks but there’s a way to repair them. Just a few hours in your home with our quick-dry plaster, sander, primer and paint will get rid of those unsightly cracks.
This crack is an example of what can happen after a house settles into its foundation.
All of our painters have mastered the use of quick-dry plaster and are prepared to tackle any repairs in your home. Give us a call for a free estimate at (845) 878-3444.