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Updates on Family Health Care Addition

July 26, 2012

admin @ 5:07 pm

We are finishing the work on the first floor, which includes tying the new addition into the existing building .  Next will be the floor sheeting, and then we will proceed to the second floor walls.  The project is going smoothly with only a couple small changes to a few floor joists.  We hope to have rough framing completed within the next week.  We will then come back and install siding after the windows have been installed.  Keep a look out for more pictures in a few days.


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Updates on Wonder

admin @ 5:02 pm

The exterior is now complete, including guttering.  Our interior trim is now being installed, and our interior paint will be next.  We will have pictures of the trim work in about week.  We have also found the basment floor drains to be defective, and have cut the concrete basment floor, installed new floor drains, and under ground piping.  We just need to re-install the concrete, and paint the floor.  Look for more pictures and updates soon!

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Family Health Care Addition

July 24, 2012

admin @ 10:40 am

This is the new Family Health Care Addition that Rare Construction is building.  This is a commercial project. We are handling the Framing portion of the addition for the General Contractor.  The General Contractor on this addition is (Centric Projects). The Framing portion will take a total of three weeks to complete.  Look for more pictures and descriptions in the upcoming weeks!

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Mercier Fire Restoration / Whole House

July 17, 2012

admin @ 11:46 am

These are our most recent pictures of our progress on our whole house fire restoration. We have completed the framing,roofing,siding and windows,insulation,rough plumbing.rough electrical and and are installing hardwood floors. Next will be interior trim and paint.

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Mercier Whole house fire estoration

June 7, 2012

admin @ 12:15 pm

These are the before pictures of of our Whole house fire restoration project that we started in march 2012

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February 27, 2012

Alli @ 8:23 am

Windows – Energy Efficency


Besides offering a view while washing dishes, windows provide natural light and reduce the need for electricity. The same applies to skylights, patio doors, and entry doors with glass panels. Maximizing the use of natural light to save energy and to make your home more comfortable is also called day-lighting. Day-lighting takes into account window placement and coverings as well as the windows themselves.

On the other hand, windows can be a major source of heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer, forcing you to overwork your furnace and your air conditioner. Old or poorly installed windows cause drafts or allow condensation to develop.

If you’re not replacing windows as part of your remodel, you should buy energy-efficient storm windows for winter and also add weatherstripping and caulk around windows to air seal them. In the summer months, outdoor vegetation and awnings can protect your home from heat gain. So can shades, blinds and window films.

Window Stickers to Watch

To find energy-efficient windows and skylights, look for products with stickers from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). The NFRC measures the following key properties: U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), air leakage (AL) and visible light transmittance (VT).

  • U-factor indicates the rate of heat loss of the entire window. (It’s the opposite of R-value, which indicates the insulating value of the window). The lower the U-factor, the more energy efficient it is. Along with SHGC, this is the most important number to watch.
  • SHGC measures how much of the solar radiation that hits the window will enter the home. It is expressed as a number between 0 (0 percent) and 1 (100 percent). The lower the SHGC, the more radiation blocked by the window.
  • AL measures the cubic feet of air infiltrating a square foot of the window area. The lower the number, the less air can get in your house. Casement, awning and fixed windows tend to be tighter than sliding, single-hung and double-hung windows.
  • VT indicates how much visible light passes through the window. It is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The higher it is, the more light is transmitted—this is good for day-lighting.
Filed under: Go Green


February 24, 2012

Alli @ 11:58 am

Lighting – Energy Efficiency

A recommended approach to lighting your home

Especially in a multipurpose, highly trafficked room like the kitchen, lighting should be an integral part of the project, not an afterthought. Proper lighting improves the function, appearance and energy efficiency of your home and is also important to your comfort, health and safety. Yet homeowners and contractors alike often place more emphasis on decorative aspects or wiring considerations than efficiency and function.

Follow these strategies to ensure your lighting is as practical and energy-efficient as possible:

Develop a Lighting Plan  

A lighting plan should include both the location and the type of fixtures and controls. Along with the ambient lighting required by building codes, the plan should address decorative, task, focal, and safety lighting.

Instead of traditional incandescent lighting fixtures, opt for fluorescent fixtures that are Energy Star-qualified. Look for lamps with a higher Color Rendering Index (CRI)—at least 70 or 80—to avoid a glow and get a light closer to true natural light.

Recessed lights (aka “can” lights) that penetrate the ceiling should be IC-rated (insulation contact) so that they are resistant to fire and also prevent air leakage and energy loss. Other similar lighting fixtures should be caulked around the edge or gasket-ed to prevent air infiltration.

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February 23, 2012

Alli @ 8:43 am

Cabinet Casework, Doors and Finishes


Regardless of the material used on the doors and drawer fronts, the actual casework—the box and drawers—of many kitchen cabinets are constructed from particleboard and medium density fiberboard (MDF). These materials contain urea formaldehyde glue, which can off-gas toxins into the home.

Instead, look for cabinets made from FSC-certified plywood, wheatboard, bamboo or formaldehyde-free MDF. This could require going the custom route instead of using semi-custom or stock cabinets.


Whether you’re re-finishing cabinets or buying new ones, look for water-based sealants, low-VOC finishes; low- or no-VOC, formaldehyde-free paints; and solvent-free adhesives. If your cabinets are factory-finished, there’s even less worry about off-gassing in your home.

Outside the Box

Here’s a few of the most popular green materials for cabinet exteriors:

Wood and wood veneers are naturally found materials. Look for cabinets made from wood with FSC or other industry certification attesting that it comes from a well-managed, sustainable forest.

CONS: Non-FSC certification standards are not as stringent. Some exotic wood species—African teak, Brazilian rosewood and Caribbean mahogany, for example—are endangered.

Bamboo, a grass that looks like wood, is an elegant alternative to wood cabinets. Bamboo grows rapidly, becoming large enough to harvest in three to six years, making it a more sustainable product than most hardwoods.

CONS: No third-party organization monitors environmental regulations and worker safety. The resins used to laminate it often contain urea formaldehyde—make a special request if getting custom cabinets.

Stainless steel contains a significant amount of recycled steel and doesn’t off-gas. It is durable but can be scratched.

CONS: Mining and refining steel uses a great deal of energy and pollutes the environment.

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February 20, 2012

Alli @ 8:45 am

Trex Decking

Using a unique combination of reclaimed wood and plastic, Trex decking and railing products provide the best qualities of both materials. The recycled plastic (from sources such as grocery bags and stretch film) shields the wood from moisture and insect damage, so there’s no rotting, warping, or splintering. The reclaimed wood (a waste product of woodworking manufacturers) protects the plastic from UV damage, and gives your fences and deck railings a solid, natural look and feel. Trex decking is more durable than wood, is pleasing to the touch, and is slip-resistant. It requires no staining, sanding, or repairing leaving you free time to enjoy your deck rather than maintain it! Trex is also easy to cut, route and fasten; and unlike wood, it can be easily laid out in curvilinear patterns. Trex comes in a wide range of distinctive colors, textures and styles.

So if you are in the market for a new deck this spring, consider using Trex Decking instead of wood! It’s a great long lasting, durable and sustainable option!


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February 15, 2012

Alli @ 8:41 am

Roofing Tiles

EcoStar Majestic Slate Tiles offer the natural beauty of slate while providing enhanced strength and durability.

Featuring a 50-year warranty and available with a 100 mph wind warranty, Majestic Slate tiles provide high-impact resistance to harsh conditions, including wind, driving rain, hail, falling branches, foot traffic, ice and snow damage. Manufactured with a state-of-the-art formulation using 80% post-industrial recycled TPO (Thermoplastic Poly-olefin) and EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene M-class ) polymers. These tiles are very easy to install and meets all of  today’s current codes.

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