Archive | April, 2014

Breaking Ground

The neighbors are taking notice and are interested to know about our plans. Everyone seems to be enthused about our intentions. One woman walks around the block six times for her daily morning exercise. A cyclist breezes down Grange Drive around 5 P.M. each evening, often stopping to inquire about our progress. A young couple brings

The Vision

After several months of envisioning, discussing, planning, drawing, and re-drawing, the time has come for us to make our dream a reality! The initial inspiration for this project was born out of the time my father and I spent in San Antonio a few years ago remodeling the exterior of a close relative’s home.  The prevailing style

An Artsy Window

One of our clients purchased a beautiful pane of stained glass that he discovered while visiting the West Coast.  From a bulding in Vancouver to a home in Champaign, he entrusted us to find a way to safely and securely install it into an opening where an old bay window used to be.  We designed […]

An Elliptic Ceiling

This curved ceiling is an exhibit of the “Greek theme” that guides the remodeling of this bedroom to stylistically match adjoining areas of the house (see “A Remodel With a Greek Theme – Stage One”).  Our client handed us a basic sketch that indicated a vision for the design – a 9′ recessed ceiling, an 8′ soffit around […]

A River of Mosaic Tile

I will describe how I work with tiles and stones of varying thickness and sizes. Tile thicknesses vary from 3/8” to 1/8”. Face dimensions range from large, 1’x2’ to tip-of-the-finger! Most of the tiles will be laid on flat surfaces. Some will be installed on curved walls and the dual pitched shower floor. A good […]