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Category Archive for "Problem Solving"

Flipping Causes Headaches & Ruptured Wallets

Flipping a house means that someone bought the house with the intention of adding value to resell for a profit. Sadly, this practice has been abused, it used to be a noble profession. Heck I did it all over my neighborhood for years before I became a business. Sadly, flipping has been bastardized into a...

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Playing Politics with the Idaho Building Codes

I was recently drawn into a political debate over the Idaho building codes. Turns out that we are a libertarian state. That means the conservative side, which is very strong, has decided that we should be known as the “leave me alone state.” One senator up north even wants to do away with building codes...

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At Levco, All We Sell is Service

When you boil it all down, what we are selling is service. Yup – we are in the service industry, no more, no less. I used to naively believe that we were selling remodeling projects. I am clear now on the distinction. Having spent several decades in the emergency medical services realm, it feels natural...

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Hidden doors in Boise?

As a remodeling contractor in Boise we are often asked if certain unusual things would be possible. In other words, we are charged with the responsibility of discovering if something is actually doable. Being “Git-er-done” kind of company that rarely shies away from a challenge, we often move heaven and earth to figure it out...

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It’s called customer service, as far as I know…

I have come across several very interesting situations lately that are worthy of sharing. Sure I suppose I could be perceived as a crotchety old bastard, but hear me out. I believe I am making my world a tighter knit, optimistic problem solving community. As time goes by my expectations AKA “The bar” for great...

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Existing Basement Development Strategies

Love them or hate them basements are one way to add square footage to a home. I find lots of homes have primitive basements but it often takes an act of desperation to decide to develop an existing one into a usable space. I also find the occasional unfinished basement that is just screaming for...

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Not just another remodeler

At Levco Builders, we are not just another remodeling firm. We rarely get an opportunity to measure ourselves up against the other remodelers in the area let alone the western hemisphere but that opportunity made itself available to me and I feel obligated to share what I discovered. As many of you know I was...

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Who can red tag / red flag a furnace?

As many of you are aware, I am often called upon to reconstruct structures after a fire. I came across a situation where a set of furnaces that were on the roof of a commercial structure that had been involved in a fire were obviously compromised when fire entered the ductwork and trashed the units....

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Some Like It Hot

Remodeling is an exhilarating time of life, renovating a home to make it transform into what you have always wanted is a very cool thing to do. Remodeling is not for everyone, try a small project like a bathroom or an addition before you go whole hog. I liken your relationship with your remodeler as...

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Where There Is a Will, There Is a Way

It was getting down to crunch time and we had still not been able to get trusses designed for my project. Our garage looked good on paper but the math just wasn’t working. Construction was starting; we needed to solve this problem quickly. Building a set of stairs that were too steep seemed to be...

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