Budget

I was watching one of HGTV’s shows called Dream House or maybe Dream Home. The show is about a couple who are making a huge addition to an existing house. It looks like it will be a beautiful house when all is said and done. However, the couple is in way over their heads. The...

Why building codes exist.

I was recently looking at a home near Jackson Hole Wyoming where my parents live. This home was built 30 yrs ago without (i still don’t think there are) building inspectors that regulated construction in any way. The foundation on this home was barely 6″ in the ground, not the typical 30-36″ deep for frost...

Lighten Up Concrete

I saw an interesting ad online while I was doing some research on concrete. It was for Bubble Deck, an innovative way of making flat concrete slabs. The traditional way is to put a lot of columns and beams beneath a very thick and very heavy slab of concrete. The Bubble Deck system uses rebar...

Designing House Plans

Having designed and built several of my own homes has ben a blessing, but a curse. A blessing because I have been able to design things according to what I like and not have to settle on the closest matching house plan in a plan book. A curse because I can’t settle for a plan...

Concrete Panel Homes

Well, it’s been a bit since i have posted here. I’m cursed with recurring kidney stones. We’re trying to figure out what is causing them, but when they start moving, it’s incredibly painful. Hence, I missed several days of work, and have been playing catch up. I was just reading an interesting article this...