This reno was huge! We gutted the kitchen and laundry room to the studs, removing the ugly bulkhead in the process, corrected bad framing, replaced insulation, took out the knob and tube wiring and rewired half the house, replaced plumbing, drywalled, painted, replaced the kitchen window, refloored, installed custom lighting, installed cabinetry, tiled, hooked up appliances, installed trim, and cleaned it all up! We also changed out all the bathroom fixtures and fixed damaged tiles, refloored and painted half the house, corrected a warped doorway, touched up the trim, corrected some wiring, and so on. But all that hard work paid off, as this once drab and dull kitchen now pops!
This store was just getting set up, when I was asked to install their LG TV display! Fortunately they did, because the wrong size display was sent, and I had to make it fit. After making custom mounting spacers and raising the ceiling, I got everything in and looking great. All that's left is for their electrician to energize the bottom-right side's circuit, and get the left-most TV to be delivered, and it's ready for opening day.
This fence had seen better days, and the neighbours decided to go splits on a new one. Several sections I pulled out by hand! After it was out, I set new posts, concreted them in place, framed it with heavy duty post brackets, and threw up the boards. I then built the heavy duty gates, and lined them all up so they sat exactly flush with the fences. Provides excellent privacy, is extremely sturdy, and looks great!
A customer had leaned too much on this glass, snapping the screws holding it on. This glass was an important component of food safety, and needed to be repaired immediately. I was able to pop by shortly after, install new larger screws on the retaining bars, reinstall the glass, and a healthy bead of silicone sealant. The store didn't have to close for even a day, and the repair looks exactly as new.
The front door had been kicked in, doing significant damage to the door, but a replacement wasn't in the books. There was also no deadbolt. A reinforcement plate hides the damage and reinforces the door, while the new deadbolt improves security. On the side door, glass and screens were missing, making it pretty useless. A new large screen was installed in it's place, making it a great source of fresh air.
When the homeowner wanted to replace their microwave, they found the new microwave required the power go into the cabinet above, and not down to their counter like the previous one. I wired a new outlet into their cabinet and mounted the microwave. No more issue!
This fence was looking pretty rough, but the condo association didn't want to replace it for a few more years. I came and sanded off all the peeling paint; replaced damaged, missing, and rotting boards; repaired sagging and damaged sections; and painted everything that needed it. I also fixed and aligned all the gates and latches. Much more presentable, and ready for several more years of service.
In case you didn't know, Vinyl siding is NOT heat resistant. This home owner fired up their new BBQ too close to the house, and melted a big swath of the siding! Fortunately we were able to match it at a local distributor, patch the damaged house wrap, and get it looking like new again.
This screen door had seen better days. Now threatening to fall off it's poorly made frame, and hinge mounts that were stripped, I opted to replace it with a new, better door. While I was at it, I replaced it's plywood frame with treated wood, and shimmed it to compensate for a warped wall. Now that giant gap is completely gone, and the house looks much better!
This homeowner wanted me to hang their log slab shelf on these brackets the homebuilder installed. Luckily, I noticed that these brackets were installed very wrong. For one, they pointed slightly down, not up. For two, the lag bolts they installed had heads that were too small and no washers, so the lag would easily pull right through! I demonstrated this by pulling the brackets off the backing with only a 20" pry bar, lag bolts still installed. I replaced and beefed up the backing, replaced the lag bolts with through bolts and washers, and turned the brackets around so they faced the right way. Then I drilled out and mounted the slab. Won't be falling off now!
This sewer system has seen lots of upgrades and cut ins, but still had the original copper stack. A poor toilet installation combined with many rubber connectors led to lots of sewage leaking into this room, making a big mess on the floor and stack. I remounted the toilet and flange properly, and replaced much of the copper with ABS. This meant 2 fewer rubber connectors, with stronger, longer lasting ABS connections in their place. No more leaks!
This VCT Tile had seen better days, and was definitely needing replacement. Unfortunately the owner didn't have any spare tiles, and no stores had matching tiles in stock. The owner wanted it fixed now, approved the replacement tiles, and I got them swapped out. Not the best look, but now all the tiles are straight and undamaged.
While replacing a dishwasher, I found there were numerous issues with this sink plumbing. For one, the sink strainers were improperly installed, allowing them to leak and corrode until there was almost nothing left. The dishwasher was also connected using an upside down sanitary T and adapter, causing water to pool and sit. There was also signs of leaks on several joints. I replaced the strainers and drain, with proper strainer seals, proper dishwasher wye, and water tight joints. No more issues!
This moulding was looking pretty rough after a dog had it's way with it, and an attempted repair made it even worse. I removed the damaged trim, patched the drywall, painted, and installed new trim. Looks as good as new!
This store's sink was pulling away from the wall, taking the paint and drywall with it. Once I had it off, I could see that a plumbing repair had left the wall without the needed support - there was a hole right where the bracket pushes! I layered plywood to restore the needed support, mudded and painted the damaged wall, remounted, and caulked. Good as new! (And available access if needed for future repairs)
I often get so wrapped up in my work that I forget to stop and take pictures. Here are some of my great after shots with no before shots. From the top: a new modern light fixture I installed, replacing some bland track lights; a baby gate I installed securely while ensuring the banister is not marred; a custom cedar planter I made to order; a whole house vacuum I installed, leaving some connections taped instead of glued for ease of servicing; some custom industrial style shelving I made to order; and lastly a doctors office I setup, assembling all of the equipment at the request of the manufacturer.
A local plumber had left a pretty nasty hole in this wall and ceiling after pulling 10ft of cast iron through it. It was a nightmare! There was nothing to anchor the patch to, the wall and ceiling had different thickness drywall, and the ceiling was painted and perfectly flat; difficult to hide a patch. If that wasn't enough, the drywall was damaged several inches down behind the cabinet, which was grouted into the tile backsplash below and couldn't be easily removed. I had to remove the damaged the drywall from within the wall cavity while atop a ladder. I then built supports to hold the patches, and added several layers of mud, primer, and paint, feathering each layer out farther so that no seam could be seen. Then I reinstalled the crown molding and security sensor. All that work paid off, because now you cannot even tell that wall was opened up.
This rental property suffered some water damage, and the drywall needed to be cut out along the bottom. I taped, mudded, and sanded, restoring the look of the wall. You can't even tell where the old edge stopped and the new edge began!
This spigot was clearly installed wrong. Not only is that unsupported length putting massive stress on the plumbing inside, but the pipe remains filled with water all day and night until manually drained inside, leaving it ripe for freezing, rupture, and flooding/water damage. In this case, constant freeze-thaw had destroyed the spigot seals making it so it couldn't turn off. I removed the line, sealed the penetration, ran a new line with a new freeze-proof spigot, and corrected the furnace exhaust. I also sealed around the new penetration and the previously unsealed furnace exhaust, and filled the rim joist with foam, locking in heat and keeping out pests and moisture.
This door was so drafty, occasionally whole leaves would blow in! Some new seals later, and this door is completely airtight.
This store had recently had a facelift, but a few things didn't get fixed right! The ramp's carpet refused to stay put, and was creating a sticky gluey mess everywhere. They also needed a bunch of small things taken care of, such as an improperly mounted alarm and sign that needed assembly. I fastened the carpet tiles and trim, so that they weren't going anywhere, and cleaned up all the residue. I also fixed the panel and assembled the sign, and now the store is ready for business!
This ATV was definitely not looking it's best, and the seat showed it the worst. I first removed all the old seat material and staples. Then, using some marine vinyl and new staples, I recovered the seat, being sure to smooth out all the wrinkles. Now the seat looks as good as new!
This customer noticed their new kitchen cabinet was pulling away from the wall, threatening to fall over. I removed it to diagnose the issue, and found that it was held in on one side with only a drywall plug! I modified the mounting brackets so I could secure the cabinet to two studs, and added a toggle bolt for good measure. A bead of silicone, and it's good as new! No more worrying about this cabinet coming down.
A local plumber needed to tear out a wall and some drywall to get this new walk-in tub installed. This old house was quite out of square, and the glue that held the old tub surround on was not going to come off the wall without taking the drywall with it. I framed in a new section, added new drywall, and skimmed over everything. Ready for paint or tile!
After their last renter, this landlord knew their place needed some love. Two windows were missing wood pieces, so I had pieces for the window custom made and installed them. Many of the windows were missing blinds, or the blinds were in terrible shape, so I ordered new ones and put them up. Vents were filthy and dented or missing, so I replaced them with new ones. And the front door was so drafty, you could see the light pouring in. Some new seals, and it's as air-tight as can be. Plus I removed a bunch of leftover trash, replaced and cut doors, replaced handle sets, and more! This place is now ready for the next tenants.
A customer didn't like any of the coat racks they had seen, and wanted something custom for their space. Lots of cuts, screws, and stain later, I helped their imagination become reality. Now she has a place to hang her coat!
This customer hated the dead grass and the useless space. I cut out all the grass, leveled the dirt, added sand, and dropped in some patio blocks. Now this dead space is ready for a BBQ or get together!
During a reno, it was discovered that the original windows were rotting out of their frames. The damage was just barely creeping inside, but it was decided it would be easier to replace now than later. Good thing! Once this window was out, it could be clearly seen that the corners had completely disintegrated. The uneven concrete was ground level; new treated wood frames were installed; new, custom, egress, vinyl argon windows were installed; and new parging was applied. Now it looks better than ever, with no more risk of rot!
This gate and fence were poorly built. While the gate and fence were supposed to be supported by a metal post, only a single poorly placed bolt held everything together. All it took was a good windy day to rip it all apart. I replaced the damaged boards, replaced all the rusty fasteners, and attached the gate and fence to the post with 8 bolts. Now that gate and fence are strong and secure.
This pedestal sink looked good, but everything going down the drain ended up all over the floor. I pulled it apart, cleaned everything, replaced the drain components and the faucet, and put it all back together. Looks even better, and no more leak!
This Pontiac Grand Prix was in desperate need of a new bumper and fender. After finding suitable replacements and painting it to match, I tore all the damaged components off and put on the new ones. After a bit of polishing, it will look good as new!
When I started this driveway, I thought it was regular snow removal. Much to my chagrin, I soon discovered a solid 2 inches of pack and ice! Apparently the drive hadn't been shoveled all month, and they continued to drive in and out of the garage, packing down tracks (please, don't do that). Although we had to renegotiate the cost of removal, I still managed to pull up all the snow and ice and get that driveway clear again.
These appliances had seen better days. The white ones were in a rental property, and the college kids had ripped both handles off. I replaced the handles and got them fixed up. Oddly, the same day, a listing for a broken stainless stove appeared on Facebook, with the entire door held together with (gasp) masking tape. With the leftover screws from the job before, I had that stove good as new before it even made it into the house.
This Toyota Highlander was obviously displeased by it latest encounter. I replaced the headlamps, smoothed out the hood and fender, reattached the bumper skin, and detailed it thoroughly. Ready to hit the road! (And hopefully nothing else)
When I got this ATV, it was in pretty rough shape, especially the brakes. The pads looked like they should have been changed years ago (one pad was worn most of the way through the backer), and a decade of corrosion and filth did nothing the help the slides move. The rotors were horribly gouged, rusted, and pitted. After polishing and lubing the slides, grinding down the old rotors and finishing to a nice soft shine, and replacing the pads with new ones, it brakes better than ever before.
This upstairs window had been broken for quite some time. I removed the board, broken panel, and old glazing. Then I had a new panel custom cut, glazed it, and painted the frame. Good as new!
The carpet in this rental unit was looking pretty sad, and the linoleum was lifting in several places. A few days and some inexpensive laminate later, and this place is looking much better. All the edges are hidden under the trim, even in the doorways, and the boards were glued and caulked in the bathroom and entry/laundry area to prevent water damage. I also replaced light fixtures, taps, re-caulked the shower, fixed the washing machine, and disposed of the old furniture to get this unit ready for the next tenants.
The client's previous shelves were buckling under the weight of all her food storage cans. So I built her new ones. These shelves didn't even bow a little fully loaded.
Someone wasn't being careful moving stuff through this doorway, and left a nasty mark. After a few coats of mud and paint, you can't even tell!
Unfortunately, the driver plowed this poor truck straight into a pole. It destroyed the grill and headlight, ripped open the bumper, bent the hood, fender, bumper mounts, and even the radiator support. After stripping the front end and replacing everything, she looks as good as new, ready to go mudding.
This dryer sounded awful! All the screeching and grinding made it impossible to run while anyone was around. I pulled it apart, cleaned out the lint, replaced the rollers, belt, and tensioner pulley, put it back together, and now it sounds great! No more screeching.
A dark basement got a big makeover with two large windows. I stripped the poorly built walls, cut out the concrete, installed the windows, painted the concrete with sealer, and covered the walls with rigid foam. I also put in insulated sub-floor and framed the walls. Next I will be adding electrical, batt insulation, drywall and paint.
When I got this ranger, it needed some work. Bent bumper mounts, broken headlights, and other damage from a highway collision. Plus ripped seats and broken lid close. After replacing the front clip and drivers seat, as well as replacing some trim and repairing the close, she was ready to go.
Luckily, this car only got minor damage to the drivers fender and door after a run-in with a cow. However, the dent in the door jammed up the mechanism, and needed to be replaced. I removed the old door and replaced it with one from the salvage yard. Since the new door had power locks, mirror, and window and the old door did not, I wired up the power lock and mirror, added a power mirror to the other side, then drilled out the window motor and reinstalled the old door's crank mechanism. I also swapped over the locking cylinder to keep everything the same. Then I finished it off by carefully removing the stripe decal from the old door and putting it on the new door. Better than new!
Between the holes and gouges everywhere, and the weird paint scheme, the previous tenant had really done a number on this room. A bit of mud and paint sure cleaned the place up a lot.
A customer was complaining of brake noise, and wanted a replacement. I ordered premium rotors, pads, parking brake shoes, and hardware, installed them, and it was sounding and stopping a lot better. One of the pads had worn down to nothing; by lubricating the pins and and contact points, and using pads with wear indicators, there will be no more problems with this braking system.
Unfortunately the last person to move this wardrobe was not very careful, and severely damaged the hinges and wood. To make matters worse, the missing chunks of wood were misplaced before I got it. A new set of hinges, some stain on the bare faces, and some creative mounting, and I got the wardrobe looking respectable again.
When this daycare expanded into the adjacent bay, the layout was less than ideal. They wanted to move the opening from the middle to one side, and take out the awkward perpendicular half-wall. I cut the existing walls, stuck them together, patched the seams, and painted. Now the layout is much more efficient, with minimal waste!
When I found this couch, it needed some love. Covered in mud and dirt and left to rot, it looked nearly worthless. However, some cleaning and conditioning is all it took to make it look like a million bucks... or at least a few hundred.
A business man wanted to make a temporary office in his rental's basement while his new office downtown was readied. I forgot to take before pictures, but it looked pretty similar to the before picture above - not an inviting place for clients. With the landlord's permission, I drywalled the walls (which, with the weird and inconsistent ledges, was quite the challenge), wrapped the support posts in wood, and added trim. His wife finished it off with paint and stain, and it was looking much better.
After a bad accident, this motorcycle was looking pretty rough. The front fairing had taken the brunt of the damage, breaking into over a dozen pieces. I recovered most of the pieces, fused them back together, reinforced the structure, and covered it with smoothing compound to take out the imperfections. Ready for paint!