Joe’s Blog

This Blog is dedicated to the notion that remodeling is a fun, life long learning process.

Remodeling is my passion, If you are interested in remodeling your home, or just happen to stumble upon my site, please refer me to anyone in need of remodeling. You’ll be pleased that you did. The original content contained here is proof that when you are passionate about something it is easy to find stuff to talk about.

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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

 

Inspirational Quotes

“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

Homeowner Insurance Claims Are Complex

Homeowner Insurance Claims Are Complex

I recently deemphasized the fact that Levco does insurance-related reconstruction work because railing against the Disaster Response industry is like beating your head against the brick wall. I apologize in advance, this article is cathartic. At Levco, we actually do...

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Inconvenience Today For A Better Tomorrow

Inconvenience Today For A Better Tomorrow

I read a piece recently that reminded me of the essence of remodeling. There is nothing more upsetting to the apple cart than dealing with an interruption in the daily routine. Not everyone is cut out for it. My job is to understand the personalities quickly to see...

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Giving And Getting Thanks Happens Organically

Giving And Getting Thanks Happens Organically

I was recently involved in a couple of situations that ultimately had a happy ending, but it started from a place of confusion and distrust. It turns out that giving and getting thanks happens organically when the stakes are high and emotion runs wild. Where The...

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Encore Remodeling Performance

Encore Remodeling Performance

Why on earth would you liken a concert performance to a remodeling project? Have you ever been to a concert where you clapped so darn hard on your feet at the end of the set that the performing group returned to do an encore, then did it again? Oh ya the standing "O"...

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Can You Explain Your Process in a Nutshell?

Can You Explain Your Process in a Nutshell?

The Nuts and Bolts of How We Do it Here We have been praised up one side and down the other for having a process that makes sense. Does that mean that others do not? No, however, We keep working on ours because we want this process to be the best too discover all of...

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Garages Come In All Shapes and Sizes

Garages Come In All Shapes and Sizes

We understand everyone's need for a personal space where you can find peace of mind, set stuff down without having it put away for you. A place where things are fixed, and crafts are made on a workbench with a vice.  A place to keep your collection, cars, motorcycles,...

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Where Are The Property Boundaries ?

Where Are The Property Boundaries ?

As a remodeling contractor, I get into all sorts of projects many of which require us to know and work off of the property boundaries. Pins in my town are typically a 2' length of rebar that was pounded into the ground and often a plastic cap is installed on top....

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A Chip Off The Old Block

A Chip Off The Old Block

As my dad Ed turned 98 years old in September, I reflected upon his life and the industry he loves from the day I was born. The Inspiration To Be A Remodeler Dad's teenage years were lost to world war 2 and basic survival skills. My immediate family survived the...

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Technology Is A Big Player In My Business

Technology Is A Big Player In My Business

Seventeen years ago I recall running my business out of my garage with a laptop and some very basic programs, like Outlook, Word, and Excel. As the lemonade stand grew into a formidable company things had to change to keep up with the times. Turn the clock ahead...

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Cracking the Remodeling Nut, Estimating

Cracking the Remodeling Nut, Estimating

As a remodeling business owner, I had to wear all the hats as I started out. Turns out estimating is not a strong suit and there is no right way to do it. I had been fearful for years that I was not charging enough or in some cases charging too much. Both directions...

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