Here at builders in Halifax we have been in business for over 40 years we were founded by our Grant Chisholm and we’re built on family values ensuring all our clients receive the personal service that our founder built his reputation on – carrying on the same values offering a great high class service but always with an air of personal value.


We treat all our customers with great respect and this is why many of our clients are repeat customers – once you’ve used Builders in Halifax you won’t need to find another building company – you’ve become part of the family and we pride ourselves on good old fashioned service and looking after you every step of the way

You searched for a reliable builder in Halifax and we’re here to help. We’ve been in business over 20 years so get in touch. For reliable Halifax builders services in Halifax contact us directly here. You searched the internet for a company local like us because you needed our help, well now you’ve found us. Get in touch HERE – local Halifax builders in Halifax will build your project in Halifax quicker and better than you can yourself. Don’t carry on searching get in touch. We come around and get on with the building project once you book and do a great job as you can see on our reviews on facebook

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You find us working all across Yorkshire building projects for clients every day of the week, making our clients lives easy as we are a reliable house builder and always go above and beyond. 

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Always weigh up the pros and cons of using a service before you buy – you mustn’t just go ahead and jump in. As a result you’ve searched for us first to find out what the benefits are and we’ll tell you.

  1. It’s easier for you – we have the right kit you don’t
  2. You save on the mess – because we always clean up after ourselves
  3. Its quicker – our experience and the right tools count for a lot
  4. The convenience – you simply get on with your business whilst we get on with your build
  5. We’re insured – if anything gets damaged there’s no cost to you
  6. Simple booking – Call us and we book you in or fill out the contact form
  7. You searched us out because you know its a hard job as a result you found us
  8. We’re number 1 in your area
  9. We turn up on time
  10. Our reputation is great

Are you the right builder in halifax for us ?

You won’t be left disappointed, most of our clients are repeat and you will be too. Give us a try today, call us or fill out the contact form here

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Building services that we can offer are –

  • external building extensions
  • internal building renovations
  • removal of walls etc
  • building rendering
  • external brickwork pointing – including chimneys
  • plastering
  • plumbing
  • dry wall
  • carpentry
  • tiling
  • bathroom installations
  • wet room installation
  • full builds from start to completion
  • landscaping
  • drainage
  • groundworks


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Builders in Halifax – highly recommended

Cannot rate these guys any higher. They are a great bunch and go above and beyond when building my house they met and exceeded my expectations daily thank you

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As A builder in Halifax Why is it important to be a part of a federation ?

The importance of this cannot be overlooked as the federation of master builders are the body that look after customers interests and being a part of this means you have another level of protection if anything goes wrong.

Created in 1941 As the Blitz intensified across Britain in 1940, fifteen builders met in Islington, not far from the site of the greatest damage in the east end of London. Small construction firms had little representation at the time, and urgently needed financial and legal advice on how to tackle emergency repairs to bomb-damaged property.

That meeting led to the formation of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in 1941, today the largest trade association in the UK construction industry and still going strong to this day. Protecting the public and the trade - so always look for the FMB logo when employing a builder in Halifax.


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Safety first - Builders in Halifax

When choosing your builder in Halifax please take into account that not all builders are as safety conscious as each other.

All builders are required by law to adhere to strict safety guidelines and all workers need to be registered with the construction safety board and will need to undergo training and assessment to achieve the necessary accreditation to work legally on any building projects details of such accreditation can be found here.

Here at Builders in Halifax all our staff are fully compliant with all safety requisites and we pride ourself on our continuous ongoing training for all our employees. All our builders and labourers CSC's cards can be inspected anytime that they are on site with you carrying out your building project. Simply ask and they will be able to show you this certificated card any time.


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Building control is compulsory in the UK and is managed by your local authority and can be a minefield, but here at Builders in Halifax we can liaise with building control for you on any project, ensuring that all codes are followed and inspected at every stage and passed in accordance with all UK laws.

Failure to complete this step could mean your new project is subject to a demolition order should the local planning and building control officer not be happy with any part of your building work. From a simple drainpipe not being at the correct angle to aid drainage to the wrong type of materials being used in fireproofing a building these are all factors to bare in mind when employing a construction company to carry out your project.

We pride ourselves hers at Builders in Halifax on having a two way open communication with the local building control office which enables us to call upon their expertise with very little notice, thus ensuring minimum disruption to any works being carried out.

Some other Builders will merely wait for you to contact the planning office to get clearance on parts of your build which means you have to be present and you have to explain what needs to be inspected - this as I'm sure you'll agree causes backlogs and extra stress for you the client - so let Builders in Halifax take the stress out of your building project from day one.

You can find your local building control office by clicking here for further info and advice.





 Building supply shortages persist, builders warn homeowners to plan ahead.

Lumber prices are finally beginning to decrease after months of skyrocketing prices amid the pandemic.

At the start of the pandemic, lumber mills and factories temporarily shut down, though not for long. As the construction industry was deemed essential, they opened their doors but produced at a slower pace due to safety restrictions. The production slowdown, coupled with high demand from homeowners, led to historically high prices and extended lead times.  “Right now, the demand for people to invest in their properties is at an all-time high. People are pulling the trigger on projects on things they have not thought about for years,” said Genn Howley, owner of GNH Lumber. “There were all these details that woke up homeowners. We were all trapped between these four walls all the time and now are paying attention to things that never bothered us before.”

Builders across the Capital Region said :

over and over again that COVID-19 lead to the highest prices they’ve ever seen during their careers. Higher than during the Great Recession and during the building boom. And it didn’t just happen to lumber.

Wood fiber, composite decking, appliances, fasteners, roofing shingles, circuit breakers and vinyl siding for the outside of your home are just some of the products that building suppliers have had a hard time getting their hands on.

At hardware stores, paint, bird seed, wood fencing, ball jars for canning, and topsoil, are items you might have to wait for.

In January, an eight-foot piece of two-by-four cost $3.07. Today it costs $7 dollars, according to Billy Deorazio, a sale manager at Bellevue Builders Supply.

Prices for lumber have started to come down in the last couple of months, but retailers are still being cautious, said Rita Ferris, the president of the Northeastern Lumber Association. Retailers don’t want to order lumber now and get stuck later when the price drops.

“At the moment we are seeing significant softening in prices, which is good, it is good for consumers, it needed to happen,” Ferris said. “There is a point where things get too expensive and people back off, and I think it was getting to that point.”

For homeowners looking to do their own projects they have to pay more and accept longer wait times. Howley, from GNH Lumber, says it all comes down to communication and making sure the customer knows how slow it will be before they get started.

Multiple hardware store owners said at the start of the pandemic some customers would be frustrated and try to go elsewhere but would soon come back after they realized everyone was having the same issue. Before the pandemic, vinyl windows took seven to 10 days to come in, Howley said. Now, they take seven weeks. Treated wood decking that would typically take eight weeks to come in is now taking 12, according to Deorazio. Roofing shingles that would typically take four weeks now take six, according to Rich Keating, vice president of sales and marketing at Curtis Lumber.

The high prices and lack of inventory have hurt builders. When builders sell a home, they go under contract with set prices. “I know some builders losing $10,000 a home under contracts they already have in place,” Deorazio said. “And there’s nothing they can do about it.”

Howley had vendors cancel contracts at the height of the pandemic because getting materials was so difficult.

“They were not able to honor the pricing they had given us,” Howley said. “We negotiated the price and took whatever we could get. It wasn’t just us… every industry, every manufacturer out there was experiencing this in some form.”

Where the price of lumber is going to settle is still a question builders and distributors are left wondering about.

“I don’t think it will go down as quick as it went up,” said Deorazio, from Bellevue Builders. “But there will be a continued downward swing.”

“Nobody’s ever been in this situation before,” said Peter Krihak, owner of Holbrook Lumber. “Is the new normal going to be at a higher value level than the old normal?”


Pudsey-based G&H Building Services has won a multi-million pound mechanical, electrical and public health (MEP) design and build contract for a new dementia care home in Harrogate.

Vida Court is a £15m scheme being built by Caddick Construction for Vida Healthcare.

It will accommodate 100 residents in eight independent living houses and include a collection of communal areas such as a newsagent, coffee shop, cinema, ballroom, sensory gardens and faith room.

G&H will provide MEP services throughout spanning some 67,000 sq ft including power, lighting, data, building management system controls, fire and disabled alarms, induction loop, nurse call and lightning protection.

Incoming gas and water, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, underfloor heating, above ground drainage, sanitaryware and a sprinkler system will also be installed.

Senior contracts manager at G&H Building Services, David Wilson, said: “Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer and there is currently no cure so it is incredibly important that specialist care is provided and services are fit for purpose.

“We are designing and installing the latest building services bespoke to Vida Healthcare so it can provide the best possible care to help those living with the disease.

“We know from experience early involvement with the stakeholder when considering MEP services can have a positive impact on the lives of occupants and staff.”

Vida Court is the third specialist dementia care home Vida Healthcare has in Harrogate following Vida Hall and Vida Grange.

The scheme is expected to be completed in summer 2021.


Thousands of people who have lost homes in the California wildfires discovered too late that their insurance coverage had not kept up with the rising cost of lumber, labor and other rebuilding materials. Talk to your insurer to make sure you have enough coverage but, for a quick reality check, ask a local contractor how much it costs to build per square foot and multiply that by your home’s size.

One of the most painful post-disaster tasks is compiling an inventory of possessions so you can seek reimbursement for the contents coverage. It’s far easier to put the list together beforehand.

Here are tips for shoring up your finances:

Safeguard your documents: Keep a copy of your will, trust, birth and marriage certificates, Social Security cards, insurance papers, medical information, most recent tax return, receipts for high-ticket items and other important documents in a safe deposit box. You can also scan and save them to a DVD or flash drive, which you can give to a trusted friend or family member outside the region. Another option is to save them in the cloud.

Break out the camera: Your insurance will pay for everything you lost — up to your policy limits — as a result of a covered “peril,” such as fire or windstorm. To get reimbursed for your personal belongings, most companies require a detailed inventory of every item lost, although some will advance a portion of your contents coverage without this list. While your house is still standing, use an online inventory or app or print a blank one from the California Department of Insurance or consumer group United Policyholders. Store it away from your home or better yet, in the cloud. At the very least, take photos or videos of everything in your home and outbuildings, including the inside of drawers, cabinets and closets.

Know your coverage: Most policies will pay for losses from fire, smoke, wind, hail, water (excluding floods), vandalism and theft. They do not cover losses caused by earthquakes and floods. Those require separate policies.

Make sure you have replacement-cost coverage. This will pay to replace your building and contents — up to your policy limits — with new ones of similar kind and quality. Avoid actual cash value policies, which pay only the depreciated value of what you lost.

It’s good to have extended replacement-cost coverage, which will pay a certain amount — 20 percent or more depending on the insurer — above your policy limits. This can help pay for the surge in local building costs that often follows a widespread disaster. Also opt for building code upgrades, which will pay an amount over your policy limit to comply with new code requirements. A guaranteed replacement-cost policy will pay to replace your house no matter the cost, but these are not common and very expensive.

In response to wildfires, more insurers have refused to write or renew policies in high-risk areas. Recent legislation has clamped down on non-renewals in and around disaster areas in California. For homes with a total loss due to a declared disaster, these insurers must offer to renew the policy for at least the next two annual renewal periods or 24 months, whichever is greater. It also requires an insurer to extend additional living expense coverage for up to 12 additional months, for a total of 36 months, if people encounter delays in the reconstruction process that are beyond their control.

For homes that are not damaged or destroyed in a disaster, but are located in a ZIP code within or adjacent to a fire disaster, an insurer cannot cancel or refuse to renew a residential property insurance policy for one year after the declaration of a state of emergency. CalFire determines the fire perimeter, and the insurance commissioner announces which ZIP codes are included.

Homeowners who can’t get covered by a mainstream insurer may need to seek coverage from a “non-admitted” carrier, such as those affiliated with Lloyd’s of London. Also called surplus lines, these insurers are far less regulated than admitted carriers and do not participate in the California Insurance Guarantee Association, which pays claims if an admitted carrier fails.

If you can’t get insurance elsewhere, contact the California Fair Plan, which provides insurance for the home or contents from fire or lightning, internal explosion and smoke. For an additional premium, you can add extended coverage (for windstorm, hail, explosions, riots, aircraft, vehicles and volcanic eruptions as well as vandalism/mischief). You can purchase a Fair Plan policy from a licensed agent or broker or contact the plan directly at 800-339-4099. This year the Fair Plan increased its maximum coverage limit to $3 million from $1.5 million per home.

Quake and flood coverage: Your homeowners or renters insurance company can provide a National Flood Insurance Policy and a quake policy from the California Earthquake Authority. A few companies sell stand-alone earthquake insurance, and several offer private flood insurance in California.

New Construction Home Sales Are Soaring

New Construction Home Sales Are Soaring, but Financing a Purchase Can Be Tricky

© Rangely Garcia / Money Finance_Construction This year, new home sales have surged to levels not seen since before the Great Recession. Pressured by the exceedingly low inventory, shoppers have flocked to new construction, buoying builders’ confidence to record highs in an industry that has been slow to emerge from the last economic downturn. In August, new single-family home sales tracked a seasonally adjusted annual rate of more than 1 million, a threshold last crossed in 2006, according to the Census Bureau. This figure marks a whopping 43% growth year-over-year. More than one third of the new residences sold in August were still under construction. Another third were not even started yet. In September, permits issued for new single-family builds rose more than 24% from a year earlier. “Builders are gearing up for an even faster pace in the months ahead, which is welcome news for households wanting to buy a new home,” said Mike Fratantoni, chief economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association. © Provided by The appeal of new homes is hard to ignore in a pandemic that has recalibrated home shoppers’ preferences and lifestyles. New builds are often bigger, allowing families stranded at home due to the virus to more comfortably work, live and learn together. Never before occupied, they also carry a perception of cleanliness in a society now fixated on health and hygiene. To buy or build new homes, however, purchasers rely on home loans that differ from conventional mortgages and that can be confusing for the unfamiliar. What types of loans are available for new homes? There are two primary kinds of new-construction homes — homes built enmass in residential subdivisions and custom houses erected to homeowners’ specifications — that dictate what kind of loan a shopper needs. If you are buying in a large-scale development, which is where most new houses in the nation are located, you’ll typically need what is called a new-construction mortgage. In order to claim a home, a homebuyer applies for a mortgage early — sometimes before construction even begins — presenting the builder with a proof of a loan pre-approval. The loan is only closed once the residence is finished. Most builders have preferred lenders, who are familiar with their projects, but buyers are not required to work with them. Knowing the builders’ timelines and home values, those preferred lenders offer convenience for buyers, although they do not always have the most competitive rates. Thus, purchasers should shop around for new-home mortgages, which many big lenders offer. To qualify for a mortgage on a newly built home, most borrowers have to meet the standard requirements associated with the general type of a loan they seek such as an FHA loan or a conventional one. Construction loans, on the other hand, are meant for custom homes, where the homeowner works with a builder and a lender to purchase a plot and erect a house. During the building process, which can take up to a year or more, the homeowner carries this type of loan. Once the residence is finished, the construction loan is converted into a mortgage. Unlike mortgages that pay out a lump sum so that the borrower can execute the purchase of an existing residence, construction loans are made of draws or disbursements of funds for each stage of building. In most instances, the builder — and not the borrower — receives money directly from the lender when it is time to, say, lay the foundation, complete the roof or install plumbing. During the so-called draw period, the borrower is only required to make interest payments and only on the money already released. “It works like a line of credit,” explained Chace Gundlach, who oversees sales and home lending at Citizens Bank. “The payments are smaller in the beginning. And they’ll gradually increase as we advance more funds.” How to qualify for a construction loan “There’s a limited number of lenders that do custom construction, because it is a niche product,” said Fred Bolstad, who leads retail lending for U.S. Bank. From the lender’s perspective, a construction loan is riskier than a mortgage because there is no collateral — no actual home — to secure it. Because of that, lenders impose stringent qualification requirements. To sign off on a construction loan, most banks ask for a credit score of at least 680 — at least 50 points higher than what is typically needed for a conventional mortgage. Construction lenders also seek low debt-to-income ratio and cushier cash reserves. For example, Citizens Bank customers may require a borrower to maintain a stash of cash large enough to cover the interest on their construction loan for up to a year. While borrowers pay off only interest during the building phase, the rate on a construction loan can be up to a whole percentage point higher than that on a mortgage. (Currently, the average rate of a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.81%. Depending on the lender, the rate on a construction loan can be close to 4%.) “Because it’s interest only, the rate is a little bit higher, but the payment is very low because you’re not paying principal,” said Bolstad. Along with paying higher interest rates, construction-loan borrowers have larger down payment requirements, amounting to at least 10% of the home’s estimated value. (You can get a standard mortgage with as little as 3% down and the average is around 6%.) To appraise homes that are yet to materialize, lenders rely on builders’ construction plans — including cost breakdowns and specifications of home features — and any recent sales of comparable existing homes nearby. In order to approve a construction loan, some lenders may also want to vet the builder, much like they evaluate the borrower. Lenders mainly verify the company’s licensure and creditworthiness. Other banks like Citizens and US Bank might only check the builder’s industry reputation and past work. Transitioning to a mortgage Construction loans can either be one-close (construction-to-permanent loans)or two-close (construction-only loans). The main difference between the two is how the short-term construction loan becomes a long-term mortgage. With a one-close construction loan, the borrower commits to a mortgage upfront, agreeing to a bundle the two financial products. They go through a single application and approval process before construction begins. Once the home is ready, the construction loan rolls into a mortgage with a principal amount equivalent to the cost of building. Both U.S. Bank and Citizens Bank only offer this type of construction loan. “It’s the simplest, easiest way to do it,” said Bolstad. However, because the borrower agrees to a particular mortgage rate in advance, at the time of conversion, interest rates may have dropped. In that situation, homeowners can immediately apply to refinance their new mortgage in order to take advantage of the lower rates. With a two-close construction loan, borrowers apply for a construction-loan and, later, for a mortgage. By applying for the two independently, borrowers can shop around for a mortgage or repay their construction debt through other means, such as the proceeds from an existing home sale. But, two-close loans can also mean that homeowners will have to qualify twice — first for the construction loan and afterwards for the mortgage — and pay twice the usual loan fees. Regardless of the type of a construction loan, closing costs can range from 2% to 5% of the home’s value. Not much different from the closing costs on a stand-alone mortgage, they include fees for credit checks and other loan underwriting procedures, title insurance and transfer and recording fees, among others. Depending on the homeowner’s contract with the builder, the latter may offer some modest assistance with paying the closing costs. © Provided by Complications Home construction seldom sticks to a schedule. Recognizing that finicky nature, a lot of lenders offer a cushion for overdue work. Citizens Bank, for instance, provides a 30-day extension. After that, it levies a quarter-point fee for every 90-days of delay. (On a $500,000 construction loan, a quarter point equals $1,250.) If, by some miracle, the home races to completion faster than expected, borrowers may have to continue making interest-only installments on the loan before they reach the date when they can switch to a mortgage. Distinct in their terms and structure, construction loans demand collaboration between the lender, borrower and builder. As a result, borrowers may find them confounding. However, due to their niche nature, local custom builders and construction-loan lenders often have long-standing relationships and are well practiced in helping new homeowners navigate the complexity. “Sometimes the view is, it’s a very complicated process from a loan standpoint,” Bolstad said. “It really doesn’t have to be.” More from Money: The Home Buyer’s Dilemma: As Mortgage Rates Fall, House Prices Soar out of Reach The Overlooked Reason It’s so Hard to Buy a Home in 2020 Congratulations, Home Seller: A Bidding War Just Broke out for Your House. Here’s How to Pick the Best Offer © Copyright 2020 Ad Practitioners, LLC. All Rights Reserved. This article originally appeared on and may contain affiliate links for which Money receives compensation. Opinions expressed in this article are the author's alone, not those of a third-party entity, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed. Offers may be subject to change without notice. For more information, read Money’s full disclaimer.

Los Angeles Top Rated Pavers Contractor Eminent Construction Can Revitalize Your Home by Changing Your Outdoor Space

Address: 5805 White Oak Ave Ste 18555, Encino, CA 91416 EMINENT PAVERS - LOS ANGELES TOP RATED PAVERS CONTRACTOR EMINENT PAVERS - LOS ANGELES TOP RATED PAVERS CONTRACTOR eminentpavers-service-location Small family-owned Southern California Paving Stone Contractor serving the Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and Ventura areas Small family-owned Southern California Paving Stone Contractor serving the Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and Ventura areas Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eminent Pavers is a top pavers installer – Specializing in the design and installation of high quality paving stones for driveway, patios, walkways and pool decks. Los Angeles, CA —  With indefinite extensions on lockdown restrictions in many jurisdictions, the home is quickly becoming an even more important part of American life. While we used to split our time between our homes, our workplaces, and our favorite hang-out spots in the Los Angeles area, we are now bound almost exclusively to our homes by concerns of worsening the spread of the virus.   For many of us, our homes are no longer a place of peace to return to after a stressful day of work — they are infused with the stress of the office, too.  In Southern California, we have an advantage that most of the country doesn’t: the fall season comes with pleasant, warm weather, so Californians don’t have to be stuck completely indoors in the upcoming months.  Instead, making use of your outdoor spaces can provide some much-needed relaxation. In this article, we outline a few ideas for changing up your outdoor space to improve the atmosphere of your outdoor areas. Experts in the field of paving stone design and installation share.  Redesign Your Patio with High-Quality Paving Stones  The patio is the ideal place to unwind after a long day of work, especially as we settle into beautiful autumn evenings. In the case of the many Southern California homes that don’t have a lot of backyard space, a well-designed, beautiful patio can also boost the value of your home. The length and scale of the project depend on what is already there, but the possibilities are endless as far as what you can do with paving stones in your patio space. In addition to an extensive range of patterns, finishes, colors, and types of paving stones to choose from, you can add custom work such as steps, walls, planters, or a fire pit.  Story continues Experts from Eminent Pavers, a highly ranked paving stone contractor in the Los Angeles area, recommend Belgard Lafitt Grana Slab, Angelus Courtyard, and Belgard Lafitt Rustic Slab pavers for this type of project. "Based on our experience and knowledge, these pavers are the most common and highly recommended for patios and walkways.” Improve Your Pool Deck  If you have a pool on your property, improving the quality and appearance of your pool deck has a number of benefits. Other than aesthetic appeal and increased home value, a high-quality pool deck will make the area around your pool a safer place.  “Pool deck pavers are not only stunning and beautiful, but they are also a safe and smart choice for any pool deck installation,” say industry experts from Eminent Pavers, “With a variety of options, pool deck pavers can be slip-resistant, often preventing common poolside injuries, and can also improve your home’s drainage system and minimize water issues, when installed correctly.” Revamp Your Driveway Another project to consider is replacing the concrete slabs or asphalt on your driveway with paving stones to “instantly add safety, durability, aesthetic appeal,” which leads to increased curb appeal and property value.  Pavers are stronger, more durable, and easier to maintain than concrete and other commonly used driveway materials. When you need to dig under your driveway to repair or replace water pipes, electrical wires, and gas lines, you can easily remove the area of concern and reinstall them with no scars or marks at a low cost.  Award-Winning Paving Stone Installation in Los Angeles If you’re looking for a way to improve your outdoor environment and make the most of your time at home, consult a Los Angeles-area paving professional with experience installing a wide range of pavers for different projects.  Specializing in the design and installation of high-quality pavers, Eminent Pavers is an award-winning, fairly priced, small family-owned Southern California Paving Stone Contractor serving the Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and Ventura areas, known in the community for transparent pricing, quality installation, and customer satisfaction. Get a free design consultation for your paving transformation today.   Social Media: Check out Eminent Pavers on Biz Mention and Community Walk. Media Contact Mark Ovitch  (888) 330-8818 News provided by KISSPR Story  Attachments

Podcast 293: Staying Profitable, Extension Jambs, and Smoke That Don’t Stink

Follow the Fine Homebuilding Podcast on your favorite app. Subscribe now and don’t miss an episode: Help us make better episodes and enter for a chance to win an FHB Podcast Andrew writes in with an update on his new workshop and family members. Paul describes a likely reason an energy audit doesn’t include a blower-door test. Andy has some thoughts on staying healthy while working in residential construction. Barbara explains how she conquered Dorian’s Corian. Dave asks how to keep profits from evaporating at the end of a job. Jim wants to know if he can use replacement windows from an architectural salvage store in his new shed build. Roger asks how to extend window jambs when he switches from paneling to drywall, and Jim is looking for a source of smoke that doesn’t stink for tracking air leaks. Editor Updates: Matt’s dogs Rob’s kitchen faucet Jeff’s spare dishwasher Patrick’s smokey mower Related Links: Listener Feedback 1: Andrew in Chagrin Falls, OH writes: Howdy FHB crew – I want to thank you for your feedback on my detached garage insulation project back in episode 192. What I learned from you enabled me to simplify my approach and put together a functional workspace before my twin boys were born this June!Frankly, you also saved me a pile of money I might have wasted chasing unreasonable, unnecessary performance characteristics for a woodshop with a leaky rollup door, 2×6 rafters, and a flat roof. I ended up getting the walls and ceiling sprayed with a flash coat of closed cell foam to help keep the drafts out, filled the cavities with cheap faced fiberglass batts, and covered the walls and ceiling with plywood. It might not be perfectly cozy during our Cleveland winters but it will be comfortable enough to enjoy making sawdust.I’ve attached a couple photos. I’d never bent EMT before if you were curious as to why it looks like a drunken metallic spider had its way with my walls.Keep craft alive, Listener Feedback 2: Paul writes:  Hey Patrick and crew, After your listener question in episode 281 about blower door testing for energy audits, I nearly pulled my car to the side of the highway to defend my fellow Massachusetts energy auditors and weatherization professionals.I suspect the reason why both the auditor and weatherization crew didn’t blower door test a house with a boiler has nothing to do with their company ethics, and everything to do with the Massachusetts utility funded weatherization program (aka Mass Save) and the extremely risk averse administrators who run the program.As someone who used to be an auditor in the program (I’m now a HERS eater for new construction) I am familiar with the sometime arbitrary restraints that the program levied. This included things like conducting combustion safety tests in houses with all electric appliances, or not being able to air seal houses with a solid rock ledge in the basement for fear of lack of vapor control. Some of their risk aversion is also related to economic payback as well. Spray foam insulation and window replacement is heavily discouraged in the Mass Save program due to the longer payback periods as well as foams potential air quality and fire risk.I think Mass Save’s choice to prohibit blower door tests in houses with steam boilers is borderline. It could be confirmed that there is no actual asbestos wrap in accessible basements and crawl spaces, but there is the possibility of friable asbestos in a wall cavity that could be pulled into the living space.Even without a blower door test, a good energy auditor should still be able to diagnose most air sealing issues using their training and intuition, and perhaps an IR camera. With or without a blower door test, we know that air sealing is most crucial in the basement around the rim joist, and attic penetrations, including top plates. Those measure get spec’d in virtually every home, and the upside is that the homeowner pays nothing for it (on the front end anyways, the utilities get their share from your utility bills). Mass Save tends to avoid paying for air sealing baseboards and window trim, and would prefer people get dense packed cellulose, which has the ability to reduce air movement in those same areas while also adding insulation.A lot of people have complaints about the Mass Save program, but ultimately, I’ll come to its defense, because it has consistently ranked as the best energy efficiency program year after year by the American Council for an Energy Efficient EconomyThanks for making such a great show, and hopefully my next letter won’t be so reactionary. Related Links: Listener Feedback 3: Andy in North Carolina writes: Hi Gang, I have recently been catching up on a backlog of FHB podcasts and have noticed a recurring theme in both podcast offerings. How to work in the construction field and avoid injuries or how to make it safer.Most recently I have been transitioning from a construction management roll with an employer back into my own remodeling and new construction firm. This also comes at a time while I am learning to work alone or with little help while recovering from a shoulder surgery. The surgery was a result of a mountain biking accident years ago that left me with a plate and several screws in my collar bone. This repair removed the hardware and fixed some other damage in the joint which I suspect was caused by returning to the job too quickly after the initial injury.During this process there are a few things I’ve learned that I wish I knew or valued when I was younger. I don’t claim to be an expert in this and at 38 feel like I have more aches and pains than I should which gives me some street cred I think. Live a healthy lifestyle outside of work, eat a decent diet, do some sort of exercise like jogging, cycling, swimming, yoga. Something low impact that makes you feel good. Most of the older trades people I know are all very active and able to continue to work well into their 60s. Invest in equipment that makes your work easier and safer such as forklifts, material lifts, cherry pickers ect. If you can’t afford to own one rent it and build it into the cost of the job. Wear the dang PPE, safety glasses, hearing protection, respirators, and fall protection. Just do it and stop acting like you’re a tough guy. Be nice to people, don’t force someone working for you to do something they aren’t comfortable with. If the new guy is afraid of heights don’t force them to go up the ladder. Learn about simple machines and how to use them in your work(now there is a good article topic) KEEP A CLEAN JOBSITE While going through this 6 month recovery process and trying to figure out how to work again I’ve found that following those ideas has led me to be more efficient and thus more profitable.I started in the trade as a laborer/clean up guy for a builder when I got laid off from my job writing ad copy for memory foam mattresses (that will put you to sleep faster than the mattresses). Back in my early 20s I felt invincible as we all did, the builder I worked for didn’t take safety very seriously. We were in the mountains of NC so there were lots of steep lots with sketchy ladders and scaffolding set up in ways I’m embarrassed to admit. Back then the motto was “if you fall you’re fired before you hit the ground”. Suffice it to say I don’t run my job sites that way nor will I. Thanks for the great podcast and hours of entertainment! Keep craft, craftsmen and craftswomen alive! Listener Feedback 4: Dorian’s Corian update Barbara writes: Hello FHB crew,Here’s the video of how an oscillating multitool doesn’t work to remove a sink. I kept this one good and short and there’s no cussin’. I mentioned in it that I sent a letter to you pondering the advisability of using the tool. And then I credited Matt for recommending the tool that actually worked. It was too sunny to wear your dark color shirt though, so I wore my own merch. Always be plugging! —Barbara Related links: Get the Most From Your Multitool Question 1: How can you keep the tasks at the end of a construction project from cutting into your profit margin ? Dave from Easton, Maryland writes, I am a senior project manager at Paquin Design Build in Grasonville, MD. I have been struggling this past year with the time, energy and expense it takes to bring a custom new build and remodel to completion. Specifically, the last 10% of the job. I see profits drastically descend in the last weeks of a project. So much so, I believe a job’s profitability somewhat hinges on the last 10% of the job. I really want to tackle developing a new paradigm for bringing a job to the finish line. BUT do not want to reinvent the wheel-meaning I am sure your readers have already tackled this issue. Before I move ahead, I wanted to check if Fine Homebuilding has ever tackled this issue, and if not, would you be open to making it the theme of a future issue? Any feedback and or direction would be greatly appreciated. Related links: Question 2: This comes from Jim Collins, a landscape architect in Burlington, Ontario. Jim was on Pro Talk in episode 282. Jim writes, Hi FHB crew, I have a question for your crew in order to finish out my shed. The shed is 2×4 stud construction on concrete slab, with 2×6 roof rafters, asphalt shingles, and is clad with LP Smartside panels. These are a common product here for shed construction – and since this shed was a demo-shift-rebuild with LP smartside panels, I used the same when rebuilding it.My question relates to a window installation. I would like to fit in a used vinyl insert window from the Habitat for Humanities Re-store (do you have these in the US?) that has no nailing flanges. Since the LP Smartside panels are not just siding but also the shear strength resistant cladding – how would you recommend cutting in this window? I was thinking to build a sill with some PVC or composite type material, and would like to trim around the window with 5/4 material like my doors and corners. Flashing? Caulking? or don’t stress since I have a 1ft overhang on that side?Here’s a video link of the build project and some pictures of the window and shed exterior as well.Thanks again for the awesome privilege of being on the ProTalk podcast. I would gladly join your team anytime if other landscape questions come up that I can assist with. Related Links: Question 3: Is there an easy alternative to installing extension jamb if your windows are slightly recessed into the wall? Roger in Charleston, SC writes, Ahoy Podcast Team, I have been listening to the podcast since the beginning and am a big fan of both it and the magazine. I am remodeling a 1970’s ranch, and opening up the floorplan. This not my first project and am hoping to further hone my skills in construction and project management on this project so I can get a remodeling business moving before I retire from my second career.This house, like many of its kind, was a very low budget build and has paneling instead of drywall on the walls. My question) is what are the options for trimming the windows when I remove the paneling and install drywall. It seems like a TON of work installing a half inch jam extension and prepping for paint but I don’t see any other way out.Now, on the topic of becoming a skilled tradesperson, I think you can look no further the US Navy’s Construction Battalion They train seemingly every trade to build an airport so I would imagine those skills transfer to residential construction. Sure, not everyone wants to leave home and take on a military, see the world experience, but I have known several who did and are much better people for it.I think all five branches of the armed services have some sort of solid/proven trade-specific training. This type of experience, when combined with a proven work ethic and and abundance of flexibility should make these people highly valuable in the civilian world. I can personally vouch for the Navy SeaBees after working with them during my Coast Guard days. I have added a couple links from youtube with more information about the SeaBees.Thanks in advance for your help and let Brian know if he needs any volunteer help with Keeping Craft Alive here in Charleston please let know. Related Link: Question 4: What’s the most affordable option for smoke pens used for finding air leaks in your home? Jim writes, You’ve spoken many times about using smoke to check for air leaks but all I can find when I look for “smoke pencils, etc.” is stuff that costs $40 and up for a kit. Is there a cheaper method for generating smoke that doesn’t stink (no incense, no cigarettes)? Related Link: END NOTE: Visit the Taunton Store  •  Magazine Index  •  Online Archive   •  Our First Issues   •  All Access Help us make better episodes and enter for a chance to win an FHB Podcast T-shirt: If you have any questions you would like us to dig into for a future show, shoot an email our way: [email protected].If we use your question we’ll send you a FHB Podcast sticker! 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