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Remodeling Is About Solving Problems

In residential remodeling, as in life, we often set out to accomplish a task and discover that our plan needs altering. We have to adapt in order to keep going in the right direction. This pattern repeats itself. Getting stuck is not an option. I share my philosophy loud and proud. There is always a...

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What Should A Remodeling Project Cost?

What a remodeling project should cost is a great question. “Hell If I Know” is usually the answer. Remodeling is not a commodity especially in older homes that I typically work on. For me, I take this responsibility seriously and need to do a few things first. Before I share my OPI I must first...

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Excavation And Remodeling Well

Many of our recent projects, and most of our larger projects call for some sort of excavation. So much so, that we bought our own brand new excavation equipment. Between trying to coordinate others, and rental fees, we found that owning our own just made more sense. This is one more thing that sets Levco...

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Professional Remodeling & Demolition

There are so many steps to accomplish before we demolish anything. To the unseasoned contractor it is very easy to start things off incorrectly that will have a ripple affect down the line. In our process, hazard testing and line location have already happened long before the hammers start to swing. On larger projects, Pre-Demolition...

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Damn it Jim, I’m A Remodeling Contractor, Not A Clairvoyant

There is a story about a remodeling contractor, who once said, “You can tell me what you think your remodeling project will cost, and I will laugh, or I can tell you what it will really cost, and you can cry.” The Agony of Defeat. Not long ago, I was publicly criticized for a bad...

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Whole House Fan Season In Boise

Boise is the perfect place for Whole House Fans. It has all the climactic conditions to use them for about 3 months of the year. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, I get calls annually that sound something like this. My second story it so hot in the evening the air condition is struggling to...

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The Magic of Meeting a New Prospect

At Levco, we have been blessed with plenty of great remodeling leads. That means that we are frequently asked to come consult on new potential projects. If I can fit 4-5 new prospects in per week as a maximum, I can do well. Given the limited number of hours in the day, I elected to...

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Yes, But I Got A Great Deal

Time after time, we are asked to take care of and fix problems that were caused by a person that “got a great deal. There is no contractor licensing in Idaho. You might think that tile guys are licensed, but they are not. How is a homeowner supposed to know that their tile guy installed...

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Gaining Perspective From Afar

I was recently fortunate enough to be able to travel to Iceland. A beautiful Scandinavian country at 66Degrees north, that is 22 degrees North of Idaho and 7 time zones away from us too. Why Iceland you ask, well it’s a long story for another day. The homes are different there, concrete mostly 18″ –...

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Switching to Offense

Super Bowl 53 this year featured two great defenses. 3 downs and out, punting over and over led to an unmemorable game for me. Yes, predictably, the team with the most points at the end of the game won. But imagine if one team was a stand out for their offensive prowess. These teams played...

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