Acoustic vs. Drywall - What to Choose?

The number one large project I see homeowners take on themselves is finishing their own basement.  This can be a rewarding project for do-it-yourselfers out there and the most common question I get is:  What type of ceiling should I choose to use, drywall or acoustical? MORE

Filed under: basement, ceiling, DIY, home, improvement, installation

Building your dream home? Read this first.

A man came up to me on the bus today. A real, normal man who wasn’t asking for money or trying to sell me his doomsday theory. He approached me because he noticed I was reading a book about LEED® - Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design - building projects. MORE

Filed under: building, green, home, LEED, sustainability

Give Your Rooms a Contemporary Feel with Bold New Carpeting

If you are giving your home a fresh and modern look, you might be thinking about changing the flooring. The flooring in your home can set the tone for the entire space, which means that finding the perfect material and style is key. MORE

Filed under: carpet, carpeting, contemporary, design, modern, style

Choosing the Right Contractor

Choosing the right contractor is important because it can make or break you construction project. During your selection process, you want to make sure you are working with someone who has your needs in mind and shares your same vision for the project. Not following this guideline will lead to many frustrating days of asking “why did they do this?” or “that is not what I was expecting”. Believe me, as a contractor, these are two comments I hate to hear. MORE

The Fast Five

Today I thought I’d address what I’ll refer to as The Fast Five. Below are 5 tips that you can do in about 5 minutes to see immediate energy and environmental savings. MORE

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