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Achieving Flow with Home Projects

While we’re all stuck at home, you are probably realizing that you can’t ignore the areas of your home that just aren’t working for your family’s needs anymore. This might be that wall color in your family room that you absolutely hate, the coffee table your puppy took a bite out of, or the planter boxes falling apart in your backyard—whatever it may be, these little things are often too small to hire a professional...

Growing Your Own Vegetable Garden

Seeds? Check.  Soil? Check. Sunshine?  Check.  Still in lockdown? Check. Many of us find ourselves reliving childhood skills that we haven't dusted off in decades while others are using the beautiful weather and the pandemic as an opportunity to explore new hobbies.  As food prices for vegetables and fruit continue to climb, it just makes sense to get some dirt under your fingernails and take in some Vitamin D.  For those of us that have never...

5 Organization Strategies for Productivity

Balancing work, cleaning, and entertainment for the kids during Covid can be utterly exhausting. These tasks combined with a restless feeling that you aren’t being productive and life is on hold can make you feel emotionally and physically drained. How do you go about breaking out of this rut and returning to a sense of normalcy? Implementing some organization strategies. Often the stress of children and family dynamics can be directly related to home organization...

Teaching a New Generation

As tempers and frustration are running high on the tail end of a 1+ month quarantine, we're beginning to wonder if we should rewatch The Office for the 12th time. Monopoly doesn't sound nearly as fun as it did two weeks ago either. We understand the stress, being parents ourselves, so we've put together a short list of projects to do at home. Not only will it keep your kids entertained, but it will provide...

The Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

We receive many questions about spray foam insulation and its benefits in your home. Many homeowners feel intimidated when it comes to building science and are especially wary of seemingly uncommon solutions like spray foam insulation.  For this issue’s Q & A, we will answer the questions you’re all asking. What is spray foam insulation? Spray foam insulation is a spray-applied cellular product created by two materials - isocyanate and polyurethane. When combined, these substances...

Making the Most of Your Downtime

With all of us stuck in our homes for the pandemic, itching to get out and do something with our lives, we are constantly looking for something to keep us distracted and busy to pass the time.  As homeowners, why not take the chance to catch up on a few home maintenance items and use the opportunity to bring along the kids to teach them some long last trade skills. Your home will be in tip-top...

The Danger of VOCs in the Home

VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are organic materials which evaporate and diffuse easily at ambient temperature and are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. For those of us that desire wellness centered living, VOCs in the home can drastically affect our health. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of building materials, paints, and common consumer products that are known to trigger nausea, headaches, asthma, respiratory irritation and allergies. These chemicals, if not...

How to Financially Prepare for a Home Remodeling Project

Undertaking a home remodeling project can be a very stressful undertaking, as every contractor and company handles their finances differently. Understanding how to navigate the ambiguity of contracts, financing, and holding your contractor accountable to scope, schedule, and budget is key to project success. The basics Contract law is an ambiguous craft and every contractor, lawyer, and handyman has their interpretation of the law that governs the contractor and homeowner agreement. In Colorado, the rules...

The Variability in Home Remodeling Estimates

Understanding Home Remodel Estimates One of the most difficult parts of our job is helping homeowners understand why their home remodel will cost them more than they anticipated. With the advent of home remodeling websites that connect you with area professionals and give you a ballpark estimate for the cost of repairs, we find homeowners much more knowledgeable in certain areas of their project and misled in others. This often leads to miscommunication or suspicion...

Practical Green Home Design

We’re often asked as consultants and renovators what it means to be Green or sustainability focused. We would like to take this next post to discuss what we share with our clients and how we encourage them to take a holistic approach to green home design. Being Green is not a product fad. Often, our client’s find marketing material regarding low VOC paints, non-toxic finishes, and sustainable/organic labels and believe that simply using these products creates...