Confidence in New Home Construction Improved

July 7, 2014

The housing marketing is continuing to improve as builder confidence for single-family homes that have been newly built has risen four points on the Housing Market Index. This puts the builder confidence level at 49, only one point shy of the level considered good building conditions. According to the chairman of the National Association of

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Lumber Prices Expected to Rise in the Next Two Years

December 18, 2013

In any industry, prices are directly tied to the cost of needed materials. Construction is no different and, if lumber prices are any indicator, getting your construction work done today could save you money over waiting. Three of the most popular types of wood for homebuilding, the softwoods spruce, pine, and fir, are looking to see

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How to Tell if Your Deck Has Water Damage

September 27, 2013

When you install a deck, it is sealed to prevent water damage. However, over time, water can creep in through that sealant and damage your pristine deck. As the months and years roll by, make sure you keep your eyes open for these common signs of water damage so you can fix them before you

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Start Your Deck Remodel Right with Proper Planning

July 29, 2013

Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or plan to hire a professional builder or architect, the success of planning a deck remodel can be improved by good planning.  Before you break ground on your new deck, make certain you have considered the following: Educate yourself about what is involved with a deck remodel. There are a variety

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Using Brackets to Add Design Interest to a Home

March 29, 2013

Brackets are an easy, affordable way to add some spice to your home’s design, in any room you like. Our Kansas City lumberyard at Schutte Lumber has a big selection of brackets and millwork, particularly knife blade pattern brackets. Kitchen shelving sometimes gets neglected, especially in smaller kitchens.  But installing shelves on an empty wall,

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The Dangers of Oversanding

December 31, 2012

For many people, it was the first household task that they performed as a child – so “simple” that anyone could do it: sanding. While sanding  is a rather simple skill to learn, the dangers of oversanding lurk near every project. Allow the premier Kansas City lumberyard, SchutteLumber Co., to share some useful tips that

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The Best Rot-Resistant Woods for Outdoor Projects

July 6, 2011

Whether you are building a sandbox for a child, a compost bin for a garden, a bench for a patio, or an entire deck, the wood needs to be carefully selected. An outdoor project requires strong, durable wood that resists rotting as much as possible. Here is a quick guide to the types of woods that

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Introducing Duralife Siesta Hardwood Blends Decking

April 20, 2011

Do you want the look of tropical hardwoods, but the low maintenance of a composite deck?  Gaf has the solution for you!   DuraLife’s New Hardwood Decking boards offer the beauty of finished tropical hardwood. They come in four natural, easy- to-maintain earth tones, Brazilian Cherry, Garapa Gray, Golden Teak, and Tropical Walnut. The Siesta

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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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