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Behind the scenes at Levco
We are remodeling like mad making homes work better for families.
There is an enormous appetite for remodeling in Boise at the moment. This fills me with joy.
We just invested in some amazing technology and are reinventing how we use our Design Process.
Books I am reading now:
Builder Mark Kerson
Thinking fast and slow Daniel Kahneman
“Architecture is inhabited sculpture”. -Constantin Brancusi, sculptor (19 Feb 1876-1957)
“Surround yourself with people you love and have fun. The rest is gravy”. Paul Tillotson (1965 -2016)
“I love the smell of sawdust in the morning”. Me, renaissance man (8-28-58) – Still going strong!
“Quality construction does not cost- it pays” as seen on a bumper sticker
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” Anne Lamott
“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” Albert Einstein
A potential client called to say these words which inspired me to write an article about it. Who doesn’t want a sanctuary in their home? I said realizing that creating them is what we have been doing for a decade and a half. I had never considered it in that light. A...
The times they are a-changing. There is a palpable shift in the way we must think and act to keep up with the changes in our industry. Every day something else hits us and we are either going to sink or swim depending on how we react. As we know, how we react to...
Idaho has a libertarian streak. "The hell with government oversight or regulations" come the cries from our legislators. I for one do not see eye to eye with most of that sentiment. I believe that a little regulation is needed to establish what the community rules are...
How many times have we used this to razz the new guy? The concept is not a new one. I recall being a new boy scout in Troop 6 Berkeley, camping with the guys running to each patrol chasing down the "Left-Handed Smoke Shifter". Eventually, someone made one and that...
An ADU is an Accessory Dwelling Unit. The term is a legal way to describe a second dwelling on the same lot. Who Would Need One of These You Ask? First, I should say that my dad was building these in the Bay Area since the early '60's they are for all sorts of things....
A decent remodeling project should be modern behind the scenes, functional as in Universal design, safe as in bars or surfaces to grab if you need a hand with balance issues. Creating a great plan will make it spatially accommodating and easy to see what you are...
While remodeling and creating a residential addition to a 100-year-old home, a dilemma arose around how to tie in the old roofline to the new line correctly. One way is to tie in the roof with new trusses in the addition, the other way is to hand stack rafters as they...
As every contractor knows, pre-construction documentation is king. Getting imagery of existing conditions allows us to document where it hurts, it sets us up for post-construction documentation and how what the place looked like before we did our work. Pre-Photos...
IMHO Rebar is an essential component in sub-grade concrete construction. Rebar is the steel that is designed to be added to concrete to give it exponential structural strength. It's like Pizza & Beer. Sonny & Cher. Milk & Honey. or Cheese & Crackers....