Stellar Decks in Kansas City

July 26, 2012

Kansas City’s climate lends itself to great decks, and national magazines have recognized this and published some of Kansas City’s best. Country Living magazine featured the deck of the Kansas City home of Tom Pryor. The homeowner placed a great deal of importance on authentic materials and historical inspiration. The modern magazine Dwell showed a contemporary take

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Harvard: Remodeling Activity Increasing

July 23, 2012

Good news. “With home sales picking up and contractors seeing more positive business conditions in the future, remodeling activity (will grow) by the end of this year and into 2013,” Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies reports. In related news, railroad shipments of lumber have increased–a positive indicator for the new housing market, Reuters states. Have you experienced this

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Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City Inspires

July 18, 2012

The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City has great educational events, including Home Show-Fall Edition, which is returning to the Overland Park Convention Center. KCHBA’s mission is to serve the new-home industry of Greater Kansas City as a resource for HBA members and consumers. KCHBA also advocates the new-home industry to local government and the public.

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Historic Wooden Houses in Kansas

July 16, 2012

High quality wood, when properly treated and installed, can last generations. Here are some Kansas homes that demonstrate the natural material’s durability. Constitution Hall. Built in 1857, Constitution Hall housed the legislative assembly. The clapboard structure is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. The building was a finalist in

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Timeless Crown Mouldings in Kansas City

July 12, 2012

Kansas City’s understated design aesthetic lends itself to crown mouldings, as national magazines have demonstrated. Southern Living magazine featured crown mouldings in the Kansas City home of designer Barbara Cosgrove. House Beautiful showed how crown mouldings dress up this bedroom, by David Jimenez.   The same timeless look can be accomplished anywhere with affordable and easy-to-apply

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Woodworking Courses at Kansas City Art Institute

The Kansas City Art Institute, a four year college of art and design, has excellent woodworking courses. One of the courses is listed below and a more complete listing is here.                         KCAI is an independent, fully accredited college of art and design offering

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Kansas Home Show to Feature HGTV Star

July 5, 2012

The 26th Annual Home Show-Fall Edition will inspire homeowners, with over 200 exhibitors expected at the Overland Park Convention Center.   The home show is September 14-16 and will include stage presentations, cooking demonstrations and ideas regarding home upgrades. This year’s Home Show Stage, sponsored by Spaces Magazine, will feature HGTV Design Star, Vern Yip. Yip

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Wood of the Month: Wenge

July 2, 2012

If you have opened up a furniture catalog or design magazine lately, you have seen many wooden pieces in an espresso finish. The finish often covers wenge wood or is meant to emulate wenge. The image above, via Houzz, was designed by SLIC interiors with solid wenge panelling. Wenge is a tropical timber that is heavy

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