Category Archives: Tips

Bi Part Sliding Pocket Doors with Simultaneous Opening & Closing

Recently, estimating a kitchen in an old Uptown New Orleans home, a client asked me to look for hardware for pocket doors.  It was not just any pocket door hardware, it was pretty specific and it took me a couple of hours to find it.  Needless to say, there were blog posts but none listed […]

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When the appliance is bigger than the door opening!

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An event this week reminded me of a crazy problem some friends of mine had several years ago when they relocated from New Orleans to a townhouse in Washington DC. Perry Bird, who was the Director of Christmas In October and his partner Richard Martin relocated to Washington DC, Perry had accepted a job with […]

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Rare & Hard to Find Items

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Searching for those hard to find items like window sash weights, old doors, or shutters?  You may want to try The Green Project, www.thegreenproject.org, located at 2831 Marais Street, on the corner of Press and Marais at the railroad tracks. The Green Project carries a variety of donated items from doors, windows, shutters, window sash weights, […]

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Soundproofing Your New Orleans Home

Soundproofing Soundproofing  is broken down into two areas: noise reduction (stopping the noise) and noise absorption (changing the noise).  These are achieved by different applications. I will approach this issue by separating floor, walls, and ceilings; there may be some overlap.  Measuring of soundproofing is usually indicated by an NRC value. (Noise Reduction Control)  .45 […]

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Painting 101 – Choosing Color

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Choosing the right color is a personal choice but a few helpful hints used along the way can save you time, frustration and money. Most people choose interior colors from something in the room they are painting that inspires them. It could be flooring, tile, wood tones, curtains, bedspread, furniture or others or just a […]

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Glass Basics

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Recently, a client of Collums Construction ask us to do an estimate for glass shelves for a bay window to accommodate his orchids. We asked Zack Zoll of Standard Glass what type of glass was needed for the shelves, and we learned some glass basics. Here is a brief description: Plate Not safety rated Comes […]

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Painting 101 – Touch-up Tips

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When you need to do touch-up painting, there are a few things to keep in mind to minimize any noticeable touch up marks. Here are a few helpful hints. The ideal situation is to use leftover paint from the last application. If you do not have leftover paint, then you need to touch up with […]

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Painting 101 – Paint Sheen

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Paint sheen, like color, is a personal choice.  But, did you know that the choice of paint sheen will affect the overall look of a room, washabilty, and any desired hiding of wall or ceiling flaws. Paint is generally sold in 4 distinct sheens with a variety of slight variations of each level. Flat, Satin, […]

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