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Gary Smith - 203(k) Trainer - Coach - Bathroom Remodel

Easy to Use Bathroom Remodeling Form

HOUZZ SLIDE SHOW :: Bathrooms by the Numbers If you’re considering upgrading your home’s bathroom one of the first questions to ask yourself is does this make a smart investment. Other than the kitchen, the bathroom is the most renovated room in the home. In terms of value you’ll recoup, on average, about $6.50 of […]

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Space Heater

2 Reasons to Dump Your Grandmother’s Gas Space Heater

I remember my Grandmother’s kitchen (and her family room and her bathroom and her bedroom)!! She would say, “Come on in son and stand by the heater, you look cold!” I also remember another feature about her house. Her windows fogged up and dripped water during the winter months. With names like “Mr Heater” and “Empire Comfort” […]

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Granite Quary

Granite :: The Love/Hate Relationship

For millions of years we’ve been cutting stone. Early humans used stone tools to hunt and to defend themselves. As far back as 5,000 B.C. man has created stone structures. It has a classic durable quality and embodies a uniqueness like no other natural building product. But…talk about getting run over by the “Fad Freight Train”! Are […]

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Preventing Waste Line Noise in a Two Story Home

The Issue We’re at the inspection and I ask my client to stand near a downstairs wall that I suspect holds the waste line for an upstairs toilet. Before heading upstairs I asked her to listen for sounds of rushing water. I flush. I hear a few comments from the downstairs “listener” (and they’re not […]

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Mike Otto

Designers – What We Are Telling Our Clients Behind Your Backs

We just finished a complete higher end bathroom in Linden Hills for a very important client. This bathroom was completed from start to finish in two weeks – not an easy task by any means. Working on a project where even an hour of time made a huge difference in the schedule reinforced the very […]

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Top 3 Things to Consider When Hiring a Contractor

First and foremost, clear communication is paramount. If you know what you want the contractor to do for you and can clearly relate that need, your contractor is less likely to misunderstand those instructions. Cost overruns almost always start with poor communication. Step #1 starts with You! Write it down.

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Problems With Flipped Houses

Home flippers buy dilapidated houses, fix them up, then sell them again as quickly as possible with the intention of making a tidy profit. Flipped houses look shiny and new inside, but what’s going on underneath all the new drywall, carpet, and paint? Very few home buyers seem to trust flippers, and with the cheesy […]

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