Why Wood is an Excellent Choice for Home Exteriors

February 5, 2014

Choosing the right home exterior is quite a challenge. There are so many choices –vinyl siding, wood, fiber panels brick. While all of these materials have merit, wood is an excellent choice for many homeowners. Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider it. Wood is an excellent insulator, meaning that you’ll

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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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Build Your Very Own Redwood Adirondack Chair

March 21, 2013

Adirondack chairs are a staple of a relaxed lakeside lifestyle and comfortable outdoor living. The original Adirondack design consisted of eleven flat wooden boards with a simple straight back and seat. The armrests are wide and the design boasts a classic simplicity. Over time the design of the Adirondack chair has evolved to feature a

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Helpful Tips for Winter Deck Care

February 1, 2013

Winter weather means no more outside parties on your deck, at least for the season. Unfortunately, the harsh cold and wet weather can also mean damage to your deck, if it’s not properly treated and cared for. HGTV offers helpful tips to keeping your deck protected through the winter. Clean Thoroughly Dirt stains, mold, and mildew all

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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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Why Wood Finishes Are Good

November 30, 2012

Putting a finish on your wood is strictly optional. But putting a finish on your wood, you protect it’s surface and allows it to maintain its beauty for longer. It also protects it from harsh environment elements which can cause the wood to warp, dry out and crack or splinter or just plain deteriorate. And

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Building Your Home Bar

November 20, 2012

Many of us have unfinished basements. When you bought your home, you might not have been sure what to do with the space. Some turn it into an small apartment, others use it for storage but some may turn it into a fun place you’ll never want to leave: a man cave. Just imagine it.

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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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Schutte Lumber in the Kansas City Star

June 4, 2010

TGIF! In honor of the upcoming weekend, we wanted to share an article with you from the Kansas City Star in which Editorial Page columnist Lewis Diuguid describes his 10-day quest to restore the oak woodwork in his 84-year-old Northeast Kansas City home during his “vacation”. On his blog, Diguid writes, “this massive home-improvement project

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