Archive for January, 2007

Kitchen Showrooms Sell Custom Cabinets, Right?

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Generally, no. They typically sell manufactured cabinets that might be built across the country or around the world. Other posts in my kitchen category explain why this is an economic necessity and why it doesn't mean a compromise of quality.

Occasionally kitchen showrooms may commission a custom piece to complete a design, but generally they make much more money on the factory (pre-designed) woodwork.

Tips and Numbers from my old files

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

In Spring of 2003, a deck builder stated to me that, here in Chattanooga, a cheap treated pine deck would cost $10 per square foot and a good one (structurally good, not necessarily fancy), would cost $15. I would multiply those numbers by 1.5 today to account for inflation and the rise in materials prices after the discontinuation of arsenic-treated lumber. Obviously, the synthetic deck materials would add to that.

We were preparing a 100 year old heart pine floor for refinishing and it was accidentally inundated with water. (more…)

If you want it done in time for Christmas…

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

… then start your project in January.

No, I'm not kidding. (more…)