Better Building Initiative Includes Sustainable Forestry

February 24, 2011

Recently, President Obama announced his Better Building Initiative, which is a plan meant to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings. The Initiative’s goal is to reach a 20% improvement by 2020, which would save $40 billion a year! Part of the program includes a Race to Green program, encouraging building code reformation for states and

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Local Contractor Wins 2011 Remodeling Awards

February 21, 2011

Every year, the Kansas City chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has its awards program, the REMYs. The REMY awards honor remodeling companies for their superior craftsmanship, professionalism, and commitment to excellent remodeling. We would like to recognize Schloegel Design Remodel for winning multiple awards during this year’s ceremony, which was

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Ways To Moisture-Proof Your Deck

February 18, 2011

Moisture intrusion can turn a terrific deck into a headache, so make sure to choose building techniques that are designed to minimize the damaging effects of moisture. Here are a few tips for minimizing water intrusion from the Canadian Wood Council: Select the correct side of your wood planking to face up. Look at the

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Get Big Returns with Interior Molding Projects

February 16, 2011

Adding interior molding is one of the best ways to get big returns on your home improvement project, according to HGTV’s FrontDoor.com. Homeowners who install molding to increase the aesthetics of their home get maximum value out of their investment.Crown molding is the most popular, followed by baseboard, window, door and chair rail moldings. Some

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Make a Heart-Shaped Wooden Picture Frame

February 11, 2011

Need a quick do-it-yourself project to show someone you care on Valentine’s Day? A homemade gift is always well-received, and a heart-shaped wooden picture frame is an easy project to make that has a lot of sentimental value. Here are the materials you will need: Heart-Shaped Wooden Picture Frame 6″ X 6″ X 3/4″ lumber

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Download Free Southern Pine Decks and Porches Guide

February 10, 2011

After debuting the new 12-page full-color Southern Pine Decks and Porches brochure at the 2011 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, the Southern Pine Council has made it available for download on its website, providing homeowners and contractors invaluable help with designing and building an outdoor living space. Offering insight on deck and porch construction from

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How To Stain Rough-Cut Lumber

February 5, 2011

Give rough-cut lumber a new and finished look by applying a stain before you begin your project. Staining rough-cut lumber is different from staining traditional lumber, so be sure to use the right method. Here is what you will need for the staining project: * Large tarp * Large bucket * Paintbrush * Warm water

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What are the Different Types of Moldings?

February 3, 2011

There are all kinds of decorative moldings available for your home’s interior. While crown molding may be a familiar term, picture molding may not be. Here is a helpful diagram that illustrates some of the different types of moldings: 1 – Crown Molding 2 – Picture Molding 3 – Header Cap 4 – Casing 5

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