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May
2020

5 Steps to Switching Contractors

Is your builder driving you crazy? This blog walks you through steps to switch contractors.-Read More

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January
2020

A Day in the Life at Earthtone: Perspective from one of our field superintendents.

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December
2019

Construction Costs and Budgeting

In today’s ever changing building & energy codes, availability of cutting edge materials and escalating labor costs, how do you control the cost of construction? How do you ensure that the design path is in-line with your budget and comfort zone? To ensure a project’s feasibility, an experienced and reputable General Contractor (GC) can play-Read More

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August
2019

Apartment Renovations and ROI

In today’s market, many apartment complex owners must compete for tenants by offering the amenities and luxuries that their market place dictates and those that the clients expect to see. The investments made for renovations and creature comforts can vary drastically based what part of the country the real estate is located & what the-Read More

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July
2019

Five Things to Look for When Buying a Piece of Land

As a builder, I’m often asked by clients what they should look for when buying a piece of land. Here’s a quick list of some important things that should be taken into account, before plonking down hundreds of thousands of dollars: Zoning: Will local planning allow you to build, if so what requirements do they have.-Read More

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March
2012

The Greenscene from Andy’s Perspective – North Bay Biz

The construction industry is awash with green, from LEED through Build It Green, certifications for repurposing materials or using renewable resources, to advocating for recycling and repurposing, investing in renewable energy and finding better ways to manage resources. But some of the most progressive practices are actually found in interactions with community and customers. Sustainable-Read More

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May
2019

A Green Door for the Green Family

It’s always satisfying to re-purpose a material and give it new life by turning it into something else. Right now I’m busy in the shop making a new entry door for my clients. The wood I’m using is reclaimed Douglas Fir salvaged from bleachers out of the University of Southern Illinois (credit to our friends-Read More

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February
2019

Eight Ways to Reduce Your Home Energy Use

There must be hundreds of these lists around and there’s plenty of opinions on what are the most important things to do to make your house cozier. Surprisingly in our research we’ve found that some of the biggest cost savings are actually the least expensive things to do. With that in mind I’ve listed 8-Read More

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November
2018

Bread

Bread – it doesn’t get much simpler. Every day for lunch, my mum would pack me half a loaf worth of sandwiches. At Saturday teatime she’d butter a loaf, put it on the table and it would be gone in 30 seconds. As kids, if we ate coleslaw, smashed banana and sugar, marmite and cream-Read More

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September
2018

Concrete

I love concrete – it’s so permanent- so THERE when its dry. When you work with it, you have to sort of turn your brain inside out, for it’s the inside of the form you’re building that defines the outcome. This inside-out form needs to be braced and supported because wet concrete is heavy and-Read More