Masterpiece Woodworking - Sat, 21 Apr 2012
Last fall (2011) our expertl woodworking and finish man, Tyler McCallick, moved his family and business to northern California. However, he continues to work for us long distance, traveling back and forth from his new location with extraordinarily finished consignments. Since 2003, Tyler has been an integral part of New Millennium Builders, producing excellent cabinets, doors,  bookcases, countertops, and storage […]

No More Cold for Me - Tue, 13 Dec 2011
Frigid winds blew down snowcapped Mt. Rainier and swirled around the buildings of Puyallup, Washington, where my friend, Kurt Allen, and I were constructing a KinderCare day care facility. Although it wasn’t the furthest north I had ever built, it seemed like we were in Alaska or Siberia. We began framing in late summer and by early […]

Stairs - Sat, 15 Jan 2011
Stairways come in all shapes and sizes. Outdoor stairs can be simple or complicated but have to be weatherproofed. Indoor stairs can be tricky. A day of work might end with a gap in the landing or the second story may not have even a basic safety railing installed… Several years ago, my stepson was working with me […]

Crawl Space - Wed, 12 Jan 2011
One of the least pleasant tasks of remodelling is having to scope out the underpinnings, posts/beams, water lines, and electrical cables beneath a building. It’s not too bad if the space is adequate, but sometimes there is too little space for claustrophobic me. It is also a place where spiders and other critters reside, where broken bottles or rusted […]

Copper pipes - Fri, 22 Oct 2010
Remodeling a bathroom usually involves the plumbing. Older homes have copper pipes, which can sometimes present a problem… A couple days ago, after removing a bathroom’s vinyl flooring, I needed to reroute a copper pipe. This was a challenge, since the pipe was inside the concrete slab. I chipped the concrete above and around the pipe, approximately 2-1/2 inches […]