Back when the rains were heavy earlier this year we literally spent 25% of our time responding to water overwhelming aspects of construction that aren't equipped to handle certain flows of water in a shortened amount of time. These photos are of a real live trouble shooting that we did to determine [...]
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These photos are from the night before handing the house over. Just me there, and dark, so I flipped the lights on to give it one last once over. When I was in college one of my best friends when he would get serious would say "Kevin, I'm about to turn the [...]
Arms of Hope http://www.armsofhope.org/pages/home recently stopped by to collect gifts for disadvantaged youth. It was fun to give away toys to such a worthy cause, and the best part is we'll never know who is on the receiving end. That's what makes giving so great, expecting nothing in return. All of [...]
This was fun. It took a while, but fun and worth it. The original idea was to have a party garage where I could hang out and watch the kids play in the driveway, then like most things got a little carried away. I did get some help, with the floors and [...]
Haven't done this before. By this I mean the rock treatment you see here. Sidebar, I love this photo don't you? What you are looking at is a painstaking process where we took a flagstone Oklahoma blend stone, all very thinly cut and flipped them horizontally in a dry stack pattern. Dry stacking is an [...]
See the dude in the passenger seat with white knuckles? That's me. This young stud driving is my oldest son fresh off the heels of his learners permit. That 10' or so backing out of the garage just to that point seemed like an eternity to say the least. I think the RPM's got up [...]
Never underestimate the importance of a driveway. Here is a shot of a recent driveway setup just prior to pour and I want to give you just a few tips to think about because it can make a big difference on your family's experience. Slope- calculated by rise over run. Simply take the the height [...]
For Spring Break the family and I traveled to Dallas to see some friends. It was rainy weather but was still nice to relax with the kids and wife. On our way home our friends wanted to take me by this new elevated park that I believe rests above Stemmons Freeway levitated [...]
The Purpose Driven Life ranks personally for me today as still one of the most impactful studies on Christianity I have ever done. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church has such a gift and an ease by which he explains things that it just made sense to me. One of the things [...]
One of the real fun things I enjoy about my job is creating. We just finished up a project recently and the front gate was one of the last things to do. There wasn't a plan for it so we had an opportunity to do something interesting and I hopped all over it. [...]