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Category Archive for "Aged Home Upgrades"

Let’s Play “Stump the Plumber”

I love to play “stump the plumber”.  There are a gazillion things that have been made over the years for solving plumbing problems. My specialty is working on vintage homes and we see some real Rube Goldberg esk contraptions in some homes. In some of the homes, indoor plumbing was a newfangled thing. The odds...

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Residential Electrical Switchology

I often refer to electrical switchology in my description of work, and I realized it is a word that I invented. It refers to the study of electrical switching. In a home that Levco remodels, it is a big deal. As mentioned in my pet peeves blog, having switches in un-intuitive locations is on the short...

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Curbless Showers in Boise

After taking my UDCP training through NARI, I realized that curbless showers were going to be a great addition for anyone and everyone who wanted us to remodel their bathroom. Reflecting on my past experience, I recall having a plumbing inspector refuse to allow us to create one and citing a plumbing code that prohibited...

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Are Your Parents Still Living at Home?

I read a fantastic article written by a friend of mine, Aaron D. Murphy, an architect in the Seattle area. He talks about his aging parents, then essentially takes a snapshot of the moment in time that he finds himself living in. I am about 800 miles away from my folks, but the reality is,...

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Incorporating Artifacts in Our Work

In honor of National Recycling Day 11-15-2012, we got to thinking about how our little remodeling company in Boise is doing our part. This is a unique look at some of what we are up to. Being a remodeler gives me a rare opportunity to do some cool stuff. On a recent project, Levco was...

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How Can I Stay in My Home?

There is a time in most of our lives where a decision needs to be made about elder care. My (state the relationship) wants to stay in their home and avoid the retirement home, convalescent facility, or old folks home you know, the raisin ranch. This is a common question that keeps coming up during...

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Aged Home Upgrades

Levco has been remodeling in Boise Idaho for the past 6 years and just renewed our registration for another year with the Idaho  Bureau of Occupational Licensing. This makes us a well established remodeling company here in Boise Idaho. We recently had an internal focus group session on what sets us apart from our competitors,...

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Cost Vs Value 2011-2012

The new Cost VS Value 2011-2012 addition of Remodeling Magazine has arrived. This is their ninth year and have seen some slight but steady trending shifts. Here is the two bullet synopsis. The BAD 🙁 news is that the continuous drop in home values, combined with a steady rise in construction costs, has decreased the...

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Smaller Home Upgrades

I am noticing a trend that seems to make sense here in Boise Idaho. Folks are deciding to stay in smaller homes.They are satisfied to improve their living spaces rather than opt to move out of the city into a sprawling home in the suburbs. The green benefits include less travel, less space to heat...

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