Tuesday, April 29, 2014

To Vine Or Not To Vine....

Landscaping your property can add value to your home. On a personal note, it can help give your home a peaceful feel from the hectic world. Recently I've become interested in adding wisteria to our landscape. When considering a plant for my landscape I like to research the effect and benefits the plant can add to our property.

If you have an arbor, pergola, covered deck or any other structure a vine plant can climb; you may want to consider a vine plant. They can add shade, privacy and are easy to grow. The are aesthetically pleasing as well and can add beauty and fragrance to your property.

If considering vine plants you need to understand they do require maintenance. You need to make sure they do not creep into crevices, as they can cause wood rot. Trimming the vines will help control them from creeping into places they are not wanted and will prevent them from becoming too heavy for a structure and causing the structure to shift. You will need regular maintenance to prevent unwanted pests from making their home in the vines as well.

When choosing a plant to add to the landscape consider researching the plant. If you have animals and small children always check to see if a plant is toxic/poisonous. If you are wanting a plant to attract butterflies or humming birds you might also make sure it doesn't attract unwanted pests. If you have an existing structure that is damaged from plants or weather and need an estimate on a repair give CH Construction a call for a free estimate.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Spring Is Here

I can not tell you how grateful I am that spring is here.  For some reason winter just seemed to drag on too long.  I've been outside weeding, planting and enjoying the warm weather.  The Midwest is still in a drought, but we seem to be getting lots of rain and I am hopeful that we will be out of the drought by summer.  The spring also brings strong storms to the Midwest.  Keep an eye on the storms for our area this weekend and pray everyone stays safe.  Posting a few pictures to bring a smile to your face.

My daughters horse enjoying the green grass.

Sunset with our canoe

One of our roosters

The lunar eclipse on 4/14/14

Monday, April 21, 2014

Changes to CH Construction Web Site

Spring is here and CH Construction is very busy!  They have a crew working on a ornamental mill work installation.  The project is projected to last 4 weeks. Follow their progress on the "Our Current Project" slide show next to their blogs.  They have another crew working on re-decking a deck in Johnson County, Kansas.  They will keep you posted on the progress of the job as well.  To keep up with the latest projects CH Construction is doing stop by their blog page on a regular basis.
Framing for beam work installation.

 Taylor Hall framing for beam work installation.

 Taylor framing for the beam work installation.

 Door Installation

 Doors Installed

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I enjoy re-purpose projects and finding old materials to redecorate my home. Reclaimed lumber can give character, style and beauty to any home improvement project. After doing some research on reclaimed lumber I discovered Kansas City has several locations a home owner can purchase this reclaimed lumber. If you are considering a remodel project for your home you might consider reclaimed lumber for that project. Reclaimed lumber is a way you can go “green” in your home.

The lumber can come from a variety of sources: older houses, warehouses, barns or factories that are being torn down. Some of the wood comes from storm damaged trees or submerged logs. The wood is then brought to a reclaimed wood center, where the wood is then transformed into usable lumber. The process to transform this wood is very interesting. First, the wood is sorted according to the species and grade. After the sorting the wood is scanned for nails or any other metal in the wood. While scanning they are also looking for any undesirable traits. It is then stored for air drying. If the wood requires more than air drying the wood is placed in an insulated chamber that regulates and removes unwanted moisture from the wood.

When purchasing reclaimed wood you will want to make sure these processes are taken to ensure the wood you receive is good quality. Many places that sell reclaimed wood will cut and plane the wood to your specifications.

If you are refurbishing your home you might consider sending your used materials to one of these reclaimed lumber locations instead of the landfill. If these companies do not take the wood you have you might also consider contacting a recycling center in your area.

Listed below are some of the reclaimed lumber restores that are in the Kansas City area. I hope you will find these stores interesting. If CH Construction can help you with any of your remodelling projects gives us a call.