Home Remodel and Energy Performance

As in the past we welcome existing home remodel and alteration projects. From new kitchens, additions, window replacement and custom built-ins. Creating home theaters and offices from existing bedrooms. One new initiative is the emerging field of “home performance”. This consists of an energy loss approach to your home. Window and door performance; how well insulated are foundations, floors, walls and roof. Where upgrades could be realized with an investment return approach. During even a simple remodel, weatherization and insulation details can be explored. Ventilation and moisture management are real-time topics; where we identify with problems and remediation. Energy retro-fitting with new heating and/or cooling equipment and distribution systems. Kitchen upgrades can include “energy star” appliances. The “building envelope” is an important energy efficiency barrier. The conditions of existing windows, doors, roofing and siding constitute a critical barrier to the elements. The correct process of sealed window installation, proper flashing, and building paper; during siding installation; contribute greatly to the “building envelope”. Performing to combat air and moisture intrusion. Couple this with the ever expanding federal (and some state) tax credits. These tax incentives can realize a savings, of up to a 30% return, on many energy efficient upgrades. We can offer a “blower door test”, where the house is closed up tight and a fan slightly depressurizes the “indoor conditioned area”. The house can then be run through a battery of tests to analyze heat loss locations. Please feel free to call the office and explore what we can offer you and your home. We are striving to be your “green collar” contractor.

Consultation and partial services offered for owner involvement projects.

Consulting and Design

I am happy to assist on a consulting basis, for any homeowner interested in doing their own building or remodeling. From basic idea to assisting in integration of all the steps and sequencing of projects large or small. If you’re a homeowner that wants to build your own deck, we can get you started and keep you clear of problems. This might include getting the foundation in, and helping you get laid out on the framing. If your remodeling your kitchen, we can assist in design and layout; and/or all the heavier “rough” stages. If you are an “owner builder”, of a new home; I can be proactive in keeping the project on a forward and efficient path. If interested in being more involved with the building process we can “hybrid” our contracting services. By providing labor and direction, we can steer you through the process of functioning as your own contractor. This is a time consuming process, however if so inclined we can adjust our services to your abilities and availability; to get you more involved. Most lenders struggle with this approach, but we have accepted opportunity such as this on several occasions. There are techniques that will get a lender on board with owner involvement, this concept is often referred to as “sweat equity”. Furthermore we sincerely invite your involvement to any extent, in your home project.

Although our drafting and design abilities can not come close to matching the skills of an architect; our services in this matter are both very pragmatic and cost effective. Your involvement and feedback with initial parameters helps with our efforts to stay on track in an expedience manner. For more information or to set up meeting for consultation, please contact us.

Skidster (Bobcat) Services

Basic bobcat for hire, earthwork, equipment and material handling. Four wheel drive rubber tire machine, with snow chains and tracks for mud. Attachments include; bucket, in line back hoe, pallet forks, and 10′ grading arm. We can help owner builders with deck foundations, placement of gravel and rock, move equipment around a jobsite, load and unload functions. Simple trenching and in ground pipe and conduit placing. Winter snow removal of driveways and parking areas.

Marine Construction

In combination with pile driving associates and other “heavy” barge contractors, we can be your waterfront development contractor. Docks, boat houses, gazebos, shore stations (boat lifts), lawn care and water sports storage buildings, decks, and the like. From creating a new dock to refurbishing an existing dock. Using existing piling for a new and fresh deck surface or piling development. Pilings can be steel, concrete, or wood members. Our specialty would be hard to access projects. If your working with one of Sandpoint’s pile driving specialists, we can in combination with them; bring some very appealing carpentry to the greater scope. This may include bench seating, multi tiered, dock approaches, and stairs or retaining walls; down to the water front. Included with any of these projects would be all associated electrical wiring for boat lifts, lighting control, and pumps. “Lake Source” water systems for irrigation and/or domestic application can be realized with a series of filtration options. The creation of deck type walkways through swampy and wet areas are all part of the many design possibilities.

Both myself and my son Casey are certified Scuba Divers. I hold a “Dive Master” certification rating, and with this equipment and experience we can handle any and all in water mechanical installations and recovery. Both summer and winter equipped, boat or shore access. Installation and repair of water pump equipment is usually handled in combination with a pump technician, which we can provide as required by code and whose expertise is relative.

Consultation and partial services offered for owner involvement projects.