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Cottage Business Returns in a World of Enterprise

2020 - The year of infamy.  The year time forgot.  The year we all spent in a reality TV series.  Theses are but a few tag-lines I've heard recently to describe one of the hardest years in American history.  In times of trouble, however, we find tidbits of truth, often wrapped in levity, that conspire to develop us into wiser, kinder, and more capable people, eager to correct the wrongs of the past.  As this...

Your Guide to a Lush Lawn and the Perfect Deck

Foreman's Garage The season of the great outdoors is in full swing. As we spend more time outside of our homes in the summer sun, we notice all of the outdoor projects we have put off for far too long. The sun has many positive aspects that help our landscaping grow and flourish. However, its UV rays are also detrimental to things like unshaded portions of our lawns and deck finishes. We share our favorite...

Remaining Agile in Times of Uncertainty

It's very hard to say how big the effects will be or how long they will last. That's going to depend of course on how widely the virus spreads, which is something that is highly uncertain and I would say, in fact, unknowable.Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell As we take the time to reflect on the past year, and simultaneously attempt to predict the challenges of the coming year, we begin to mentally paint a...

Craftsman Bungalow Renovation / Boulder, CO

"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."Maya Angelou Our project highlight is a small craftsman/bungalow style home in Boulder, CO, originally built in the 1950s.  Approximately 1850 SF, this 1950s gem was a unique challenge.  From an un-permitted, finished basement, to a terrible main floor layout and miniature bathroom, this house threw every curveball left in its arm to...

A Holistic Approach on Home Design

We want to share a bit about our design philosophy, where we find inspiration, and how we help our clients incorporate elements that fit their lifestyle and budget. While most home remodels are focused on paint schemes and finishes, we believe that having a grand, holistic vision for the project is what allows us to collaborate more effectively and intentionally craft spaces. It’s this intentionality that allows us to create homes that are true to...

Top 10 Tiling Tips From the Experts

This season is all about tile. With its many different variations, materials, sheens, and grout colors, the tile you install in your home will take on its own personality, even if you use the same tile as the guy across the street. Learning how to install tile can be a little tricky, but with these tiling tips you will be an expert in no time. Let's dive right in. 1. Design When you're thinking about...

Good Work Ain’t Cheap and Cheap Work Ain’t Good

A Different Perspective In our line of work we often get asked, “why is it so expensive?” This is a loaded question, but generally when you are looking from a homeowner’s perspective, you only see a certain percentage of what actually needs to be done by your general contractor. Think about it this way. If you have a bedroom wall that is 10 feet long by 10 feet high, you only see 100 square feet...

Moving vs. Completing a Home Renovation – Weighing the Pros and Cons

It's finally here! After a long and uncertain winter and spring, we're approaching the summer home buying season! Not as excited as you thought you would be? Well, you're not alone. In this blog, we're going to walk you through what everyone is going through at the moment - choosing between buying move-in ready vs. pouring a bit of sweat equity into a home renovation to make your dollar stretch just a bit further. And...

Wellness In The Home

Believe it or not, our homes actually have a huge impact on overall wellness. Everything from the air you breathe to the way you layout your rooms can play an active part in achieving wellness in the home. The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health. Many wellness models include at least 6 dimensions: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and...

How to Smoke Meat

Memorial Day in our company is always bittersweet. The majority of our team members are veterans, married to military, or close family of military. Remembering the loss of our compatriots is always a sorrowful time. The gratefulness we have for our fallen brothers and sisters reminds us to celebrate the freedom and life they've given us while remembering to cherish the people we have around us, including the families of those that have fallen. I...