Category Archives: HomeLife

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: Learn How to Determine Cost to Value

The Inside Outside Guys: Learn How to Determine Cost to Value

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, June 23, 2022 ~ You just had that roof installed nine years ago and a bunch of shingles blew off in yesterday’s wind. You do the smart thing and email your installing contractor. They are the ones that furnished the shingles as well, so this should be something…

The Inside Outside Guys: When is it time for a kitchen or bath remodel?

The Inside Outside Guys: When is it time for a kitchen or bath remodel?

By: Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, June 17, 2022 Don’t think too hard on this one. What are typically the two most expensive rooms in your home? If you answered “kitchen” and “master or main bath,” you would be correct. Total costs of new homes are rising quickly and many markets are seeing $300 per…

The Inside Outside Guys: Creating Healthy Basement Air

The Inside Outside Guys: Creating Healthy Basement Air

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, May 26, 2022 ~ They were not meant to be lived in. The modern evolution of what we call basements began as a convenient way to store and access canned goods, especially during the harsh winter months. In a pinch, it could also serve as a storm shelter when high winds threatened…

The Inside Outside Guys: Which Window Should You Buy?

The Inside Outside Guys: Which Window Should You Buy?

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, June 2, 2022 ~ They are all the same, right? Framed glass that may or may not open. You can stand on either side and look through to the view beyond. What could we possibly say about windows that is of any value to homeowners? When you understand the evolution of windows…

The Inside Outside Guys: Attic Fans: Are They Useful?

The Inside Outside Guys: Attic Fans: Are They Useful?

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, May 12, 2022 ~ If you lived on the Gulf Coast in the early part of the last century, you were privy to the evolution of different versions of the Swamp Cooler, initially a fan blowing hot air over a tub of ice, to offer relief from the oppressive heat. Since that time, Americans have continually sought…

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