Category Archives: HomeLife

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: The Costs of Construction

The Inside Outside Guys: The Costs of Construction

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, June 10, 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?” People often ask, “Where are the costs in a construction project?” There are…

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…

The Inside Outside Guys: Maintaining Your Lawn

The Inside Outside Guys: Maintaining Your Lawn

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, May 27, 2021 ~ Spring is well upon us as trees, flowers and grasses have all awakened and begun to flourish. The Guys are still getting a lot of questions regarding grass lawns. Perhaps the answer for all of those with brown thumbs is to “fardscape” like you…

The Inside Outside Guys: Keeping Cool in The Hot Summer

The Inside Outside Guys: Keeping Cool in The Hot Summer

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, May 20, 2021 ~ What a marvel of discovery and engineering! It is a really hot and humid summer day inside your home. You walk over to the wall-mounted thermostat, dial a desired temperature, and “viola!” within a short period of time your house is cool and comfortable.…

Lumber Prices Soar 112% Since 2020; Does this Affect Your Next Building Project?

Lumber Prices Soar 112% Since 2020; Does this Affect Your Next Building Project?

DETROIT, April 8, 2021 ~ The prices of lumber are skyrocketing nationwide, and builders and buyers are suffering from it. While interest rates for loans are down, the prices of flooring, concrete and other building materials are rising.  According to the National Association of Home Builders, current lumber prices are adding upwards of $24,000 to…

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