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Some Things are Best Left to the Pros

January 18, 2019

HGTV, Pinterest, your friend, neighbor, or Uncle Bob are great sources for ideas for home renovation and DIY projects.  Many homeowners think they can do a “small job” like hanging sheetrock over paneling, tiling a floor, or putting in a new window.  While it may LOOK easy on YouTube, HGTV, or other sources, some projects […]


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Volunteering to Make a Difference

December 18, 2018

We can make a difference in people’s lives.  Maybe it is not saving the planet like a Hollywood movie, but we can make a difference.  The company owners, Matt and Tina Hayes, took time to volunteer at Kids Food Basket (KFB) by helping students from Lowell Middle School bag healthy sunflower seeds into snack size portions […]


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It All Starts with Good Support Systems

December 3, 2018

            Houses, like people, need different kinds of support.  Foundations, joists, studs, are all different kinds of support systems.  The past few weeks have seen numerous support systems constructed at 5997 W River to replace/repair/upgrade existing support systems.   The most dramatic was the large joist and jack studs used to open […]


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A Time to Give Thanks

November 21, 2018

        The 5997 project is coming along with the “invisible” interior work happening now.   The new north wall has been completed and insulated. The floor joists in the utility/mud room have been rebuilt and subflooring installed.  The old floor in the kitchen has been removed and leveling of that floor is in […]


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Just in Time

November 9, 2018

Before Pictures           Current Progress                              The first snowfall of the 2018-2019 winter season fell last night and this morning.  DG Construction and Project Management, our contractor on this project, completed the rebuild of a portion of the […]


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5 Ways To Fund Your Next Purchase

October 24, 2018

Finding deals is one thing, funding them is another. There are a handful of ways you can fund your next purchase. While all the exotic stated income and 100% loan products are long gone, there are other options available. Some require some upfront capital, but most of them require nothing more than a plan in place […]


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The Duality of Renovation Projects

October 11, 2018

         Add-subtract, plus-minus, improve-destroy.  These antonyms describe perfectly the state of 5997 West River Dr NE right now.  We are busy making repairs to the exteriors: installing new windows and siding in areas where moisture and rot had taken control.  We are busy destroying other parts of the house as interior demolition […]


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Exterior Demolition Begins

October 3, 2018

      The past week saw the general contractor begin exterior demolition removing the old leaky gutters, the large front access ramp, shutters, and improperly installed flashing.  They also took the first load of demolition debris and garbage collected from around the property for disposal.  We also had a chimney repair specialty contractor complete […]


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5997 W River Dr Update – The Big Burn

September 20, 2018

              As I have chronicled before, this nearly 3-acre property was severely overgrown and had numerous dead trees in close proximity to the house and garage.  This represents a fire hazard as well as a pest breeding ground.  We felled 6 trees, limbed up the dead branches from many pines, […]


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A Dog’s Life at 5997 W River Dr

September 13, 2018

        The previous property owner had dogs and had created various kennels and space for them.  Like much of the property, due to lack of maintenance, the dog run area had become overgrown and unsafe.  In the property rehabilitation world, sometimes you need to get dirty.  We got dirty here as we […]


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