Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Moving day.

This is a significant day… our last post on this blog website. We are not putting down our "pens", we are moving to a brand new home built by the Artist for Applewood. It was a ton of work but in the end very rewarding. It took almost as long as building a real house... four months! We built a very nice room for the blog right in our new Applewood website. It was time to change for many reasons. It was tough. But in the end.. anything worthwhile is not without some pain. …

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Loft play.

We finished our barn loft project last week. It was a quick creative project for the crew. We had to meet a deadline for a scheduled party. Deadlines keep you focused. That's a good thing! 

The Carpenter and I headed over to do clean-up after the crew left. While I picked up tools and trash.. the Carpenter cut leftover scrap wood for our summer camping vacation. Nothing goes to waste on our projects. We received some assistance from the little honorary apprentice carpenter on the site, as well as one of his sisters. They loaded a mountain of cut wood scraps into the back of one of our trash trailers really fast. Faster then I would have. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015


We are in our harvest time. Projects we bid on have come in, while we continue to bid more. It's our busy time. We have slow times, but even then we stay busy chasing project details. 

We are just completing a small bath remodel, and today brought our sub crew on to build a loft in a barn. The Carpenter was looking forward to today. Starting a creative project and working with subs we don't get to spend time with on a weekly basis. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Knock Knock

Who’s there?

The Carpenter….. the Carpenter who? We had one around here a long time ago, but he seems to be absent, any idea where he went? Oh boy! It’s been awhile….again. I don’t even want to see the date of the last post I made here. We are in the midst of traditionally the busiest time of the year for builders. Spring is here and people are planning. …

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


A lot of ordinary business activities have been going on for the past few weeks. Maybe hardly worth a post. But we're keeping it real right? We've been finishing up projects– built a small deck last week and started a bath remodel yesterday. The Carpenter continues to be busier then prudent juggling the stuff he juggles. …

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


20799 page views!! Thank you to all who follow this blog. Since we started in July 2012 we've written 292 posts! It hasn't always been easy to find something "constructive" to be a worthy read. Along the way, I've found more material to write about from our unique experience as owners of a small construction company, rather then just sharing regurgitated information that someone else gathered. Unless.. something really strikes me as brilliant to pass along. maybe. …

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Clean up.

Clean complete at our Hyde project! A couple of trash cans.. all that's left of someone's roof sitting at our curb. Part of every project is cleaning up, returning the space to the way we found it.. but better. It's been almost a week or so it seems that the Carpenter, myself and our lead Carpenter gathered the stuff of our trade and started trips back to the cabinet shop. …

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Things have been pretty quiet around here. The Carpenter has been working longer days wrapping up our Hyde Avenue re-roof project– which turned out to be a lot more then just re-roofing a home. And by re-roofing I mean.. removal of the entire roof… every. single. truss. …

Friday, April 3, 2015

You know when you know.

You know those times when your gut tells you.. you are right, and you KNOW you are right, but someone is trying to convince you that you are the one mistaking and fusing over nothing, and you start to think it’s maybe YOU???? Well it happened to me recently. I was trying out a new subcontractor. They actually came to me from a couple of good referrals. …

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On the "home"stretch!

It's the final week at our Hyde Avenue reroof project. This job came about because of last year's huge snow fall season amount, which caused the roof rafters to sag under the load. The rafters were built wrong. 

The project title doesn't really speak to the diverse amount of work that has been done in the past two months! We started out by tearing off the roof, area by area. It was the dead of winter. Usually the worst time to take this type of project on. We could have had many "nuisance snow" events. (In Minnesota we don't usually get blizzards and when it's bitter cold it's just too cold to snow heavy), so we anticipated a number of 2-6" snows. Didn't happen. Thankful. …

Monday, March 16, 2015


A field of debris showed up when the white disappeared, during our unusually warm weather last week at the Hyde Ave project. Enter… the clean-up queen. Donning my old faithful wellies and warm gloves I headed to the job site.

I'm good at clean-up. I tap into my organizational task oriented self and get moving. How much can I get done in two hours of concentrated effort? What areas can I tackle and make a difference in that time span? What tools can I use to minimize bending over.. and over. …

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The weight of work.

Spring is almost here! I know that because road restrictions go on tonight at midnight. (3/10) For those of you who don’t know what those are, it is a weight restriction that vehicles can’t exceed during the spring thawing season. They start tonight and depending on the weather, they usually get lifted sometime between April 15 and the 30th

Monday, March 9, 2015

It's been a busy week and it's only Monday! Actually our work week started yesterday. The Carpenter got a text about lighting from the Hyde Ave project… and off he headed to the job site. Then he headed over to the electrical contractors house. I was making red beans and rice with sausage for dinner. 

I should be used to this by now. …

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Time to pick color!

I headed up to the Hyde Avenue project to do a color consult for the interior of the home. I arrived to a very busy project site. The insulating company was there. Our crew was running around finishing up details to the exterior of the home- trims, soffits, facia etc. Whatever needed to be done to put a house back together that has undergone a roof re-do. The roof is on, tar papered and ready for shingles which are scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Icing on the cake.

We enjoyed a wonderful meal and evening in a kitchen we built, this past Saturday night. Two years ago we were working on our Craftsman Project. To accommodate a brand new kitchen, a two story addition was built. We worked with Imagine Kitchens to bring the kitchen design to life. …

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Another Saturday is upon us. The Carpenter started the day with a customer meeting at our Hyde Ave reroof project regarding their fireplace.. not their roof. I would prefer he not "work" on Saturdays but sometimes it's the only time a customer can meet. …

Friday, February 20, 2015

With heart.

It has been a rocky week. We've been dealing with brutal temps which stopped the outside work, crew illness and death in one of our sub's family. It's taken some juggling but we've managed to keep part of the crew going on our small bath remodel during the days the bitter won. …

Monday, February 16, 2015

Oh my goodness!

No wonder the artist has been asking me for a blog post. It has been since November 30th that I last wrote. It's February 15th, two and a half months have slipped by. What’s been going on you ask? Lets see…..

Monday, February 9, 2015

The weight of white.

We started a project that has been in the planning stages for awhile. Last winter Minnesota was having the kind of winter the east coast is experiencing. Mega snow. Our current project is the result of all that snow. The roof rafters sagged under the weight of white. …

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Embracing old.

We attended the Carpenter's childhood church's final service last weekend. It is shutting its doors. Going the way of so many small churches. 

I spent some time walking around and just looking at all the rooms and areas that I remembered from years ago. We had our wedding reception at this church. The Carpenter's Grandmother Pearl was a charter member. The Carpenter's parents were married there. I've attended bridal showers and funerals there. Memories. …