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:

The Art of Profitability- Adrian Slywotkzy

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

Classy Garage Modification

Classy Garage Modification

The Challenge: The Owner had a 2 door garage with a central post in between doors that was obstructive. He had to move his car out to allow the golf cart in and out. The Idea: Use a large header to replace the two previous ones and get a large insulated garage door to...

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The Gears are Grinding Again

The Gears are Grinding Again

Remember learning how to drive a stick shift? I recall teaching the kids too, it just takes some time to learn. That poor Toyota Corolla, at least 3 brothers, and some of their kids learned on her. It is with that grinding sound ringing in my ears and no forward...

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I See Your Signs All Over Our Neighborhood

I See Your Signs All Over Our Neighborhood

There is a huge appetite for remodeling right now. Odds are if you are interested you know. The driving force is that we are spending more time at home, but how do you choose the right remodeling firm. One way is to recognize who your neighbors are using to remodel...

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2 Story Addition in Historic North End

2 Story Addition in Historic North End

The Challenge: The home had an enclosed back porch that was a transition to a basement with plans to have the second story enlarged to finally have a Master Bedroom Suite. The home is in the Historic District and it is a contributing home. The project is in the rear...

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Wake Boat- RV Bay Addition

Wake Boat- RV Bay Addition

The Challenge: The Owner had a 3 car garage but the 3rd car bay was too small for his new wake boat. There was room to make it larger. The Idea: Expand the garage to the setback to add 10' and make it taller and much deeper. Sacrificing a window in the master bath was...

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Large RV Garage From Scratch

Large RV Garage From Scratch

The Challenge: The Owner had drawings of a large RV garage to be added to a 2 car garage where a shed was. The new project was woven into an existing garage roofline to make it appear that it had always been there The Idea: Eliminate the shed and concrete driveway and...

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2 Car Garage with Large Carport

2 Car Garage with Large Carport

The Challenge: The Owner had a small 1 car garage with a carport that she was parking under and an RV that she wanted to park undercover to protect it from the weather. The Idea: Deconstruct the existing garage and build a new 2-Car garage and a vaulted area to park...

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I’m Remodeling My Master Bathroom This Year

I’m Remodeling My Master Bathroom This Year

At Levco we do lots of master bathroom remodels for our clients. We seem to have one in progress and several in design at all times. If you have a Master bathroom, that means your home was built after 1960 or has already been remodeled once. The idea of a private...

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28mm-210mm for 15 Years

28mm-210mm for 15 Years

As the owner of a dynamic remodeling company that is turning 15 years old, I am figuring out some really cool things. The first 15 are the dues you pay to get to the next level. How did I get so fortunate to be at this point? I am providing a living for 9 families now...

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Great Teamwork and Partnerships Are Sacred

Great Teamwork and Partnerships Are Sacred

My brothers & I grew up with our dad at his remodeling company called Levco Builders. By the time I was old enough, dad had several carpenters working for him. I was a willing participant in the team dynamic. Working with our hands I could see the fruits of our...

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