Category Archives: Inside Outside Guys

The Inside Outside Guys: A Modest Proposal – Self-Inspecting Contractors

The Inside Outside Guys: A Modest Proposal – Self-Inspecting Contractors

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, June 30, 2022 ~ Years ago, we spoke with a contractor who had undertaken some work on a small commercial space for a client. The work included replacing a 100-foot strip of sidewalk that ran alongside a large old tree near the parking lot. Tear out, compaction of…

The Inside Outside Guys: Standby power a new must-have for homeowners

The Inside Outside Guys: Standby power a new must-have for homeowners

Photo: LifestyleVisuals / Getty Images By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein Detroit, April 28, 2022 ~ The American culture has seen the cycle repeat itself many times. Where the advent and affordability of new technology or systems led to the mantra, “Someday, every house will have it.” Think about it. Indoor plumbing, whole-house heating, radio, refrigeration, wall-to-wall carpeting,…

The Inside Outside Guys: Housing Problems, Part Two

The Inside Outside Guys: Housing Problems, Part Two

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, July 22, 2021 ~ Construction mistakes are actually fairly common in housing, but most are small and rectified quickly and the property does not suffer from them. Some take a little more effort to correct than others. A few decades ago, the Inside Guy spent a day with a site superintendent…

The Inside Outside Guys: Common Housing Mistakes That Owners Pay For

The Inside Outside Guys: Common Housing Mistakes That Owners Pay For

DETROIT, July 15, 2021 ~ The Guys have been associated with the noble industry of construction for all of our adult lives. We have seen many mistakes and made a few of our own. The unfortunate reality of some housing mistakes is a two-fold issue. The first is that many such faux pas are the…

The Inside Outside Guys: Riding Out The Storm

The Inside Outside Guys: Riding Out The Storm

DETROIT, July 8, 2021 ~ There are only a few things for a homeowner that are worse than finding a basement flooded with storm water or, worse, sewage. Buildings that are serviced by public sewer systems typically have a single pipe that leaves the dwelling below the lowest plumbing fixture in the house and slopes…

The Inside Outside Guys: Don’t Buy the Toilet Before You Hire a Plumber

The Inside Outside Guys: Don’t Buy the Toilet Before You Hire a Plumber

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, July 2, 2021 ~Decades ago, I was in the process of building a new home. Through a catalog I had gotten what appeared to be a great deal on solid brass faucets for the master bath. Even though a professional plumber was going to take care of all the plumbing on…

The Inside Outside Guys: Is That Home Worth the Cost?

The Inside Outside Guys: Is That Home Worth the Cost?

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, June 25, 2021 ~ Homeownership has long been considered the foundation of the growth of individual wealth in the United States. A large percentage of most people’s net worth is tied to the equity in their home. Homeownership rates have increased 20 percent during the past few generations…

The Inside Outside Guys: We Are What we Absorb — Indoor Air

The Inside Outside Guys: We Are What we Absorb — Indoor Air

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, June 17, 2021 ~ Go to your favorite room in the house and sit back in your favorite chair. Take a deep breath. A really deep breath.OMG! What did you just inhale? According to groups like the EPA, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Lung Association,…

The Inside Outside Guys: What’s That Home Improvement Worth?

The Inside Outside Guys: What’s That Home Improvement Worth?

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, June 3, 2021 ~ There you are. Sitting in your living room and staring at the four walls, wondering. “Should we build that new sunroom, add that new deck, go ahead with the master bedroom conversion?” Today’s homeowners, like businesses, more often contemplate return on investment, ROI, as…

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