Today’s News: House Fire

This morning I took Samson and Caleb (12 and 9) to a sports class at UVU. As usual, grandpa was in tow. When we arrived back home and pulled into the garage, I heard the smoke alarms blaring. Yes, it was the same smoke alarm system that has gone off at odd times...

Kitchen Magic Makeover

If you followed the building of our custom home, you may have noticed that I still haven't completed all the subcontractor reviews. By the time the house was finally completed — five months after our contract date and just days before the construction loan expired —...

LED Lighting Applications

When building or remodeling a home, lighting can make an enormous difference in the mood, either inside or out. Specific task lighting, general room lighting, and ambient lighting all work together to make a room beautiful and functional. My husband is an electrical...

Just Say Yes to Mortgage Brokers

Building a custom home is a huge undertaking. If you plan to dive into the process, I strongly suggest you start with a sound financial footing, strong marriage, and robust health. No matter how you slice it, this project is going to try all three and the better you...

Custom Home Design Takes Time

When we build our first full custom home in 2003, it was a huge undertaking. It was something we had always wanted to do, but didn't really know what we were getting ourselves into. After months and months of choosing appliances and fixtures and doors and knobs and...

Preventative Maintenance for Home HVAC

This summer my daughter is singing in a Broadway show at Lagoon, an amusement park in our state. She works six days and performs 18 shows per week. All summer long. For a music dance theater major it's kind of a dream job. I mean, you're getting paid to sing and dance...