Anyone Can Build a Deck… Right?

By |2016-05-17T13:32:34-07:00May 17th, 2016|CTA Consultation|

In terms of carpentry, decks are relatively simple. However, that does not mean than anyone should build a deck.  We see a lot of poorly built decks, many of which create a good deal of damage even beyond the deck itself.  We have all heard of those tragic events of a deck or balcony failing,

Smart Choices for Bathroom Flooring

By |2015-01-30T19:19:25-08:00January 30th, 2015|CTA Consultation|

Tile may be the traditional bathroom choice for most, but it’s not the only flooring type that performs well in a wet environment. Like any other flooring, bathroom flooring should be chosen with style, durability, and comfort in mind. A bathroom floor must be able to handle moisture and humidity from daily use and the appearance of sudden leaks.

Wood, Plastic or Composite: A Customer’s Guide to Decking

By |2014-10-23T14:21:42-07:00October 23rd, 2014|CTA Consultation|

Composites are the new face of deckingThe most notable changes in the decking market have come with the creation of synthetic decking materials. Most synthetics require less maintenance than wood, but are far from perfect. They are more expensive than basic wood decking materials and although much more weather proof than wood, they are not immune to weather damage. No decking is perfect, but the variety of natural wood and synthetic products on the market today are providing both home builders and home owners a longer list of possibilities and options than ever before.


By |2013-04-30T19:34:20-07:00April 30th, 2013|CTA Consultation|

CONCRETE  SLABSYou have a layout of your tile project on paper now it is time to prepare the surface to receive the tile.CLEANINGIf you are setting tile to a concrete slab, you will want to make sure that the surface is clean and dust free. In new construction concrete is seldom covered to protect it

Life cycle Assessments

By |2013-04-09T19:03:33-07:00April 9th, 2013|CTA Consultation|

One of the key tools in Green building is the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA.) LCA is a technique to assess the environmental impacts associated with each product, process, or service, by:Compiling an inventory of relevant energy and material inputs to a project;Assessing the aging process associated with the input;Evaluating the potential environmental impacts associated with

10 Reasons Stearns Design Build Recommends Cork

By |2013-03-28T14:07:39-07:00March 28th, 2013|CTA Consultation|

1. Sustainability: Cork flooring is made from the Bark that is harvested from the Cork Tree (Quercus Suber), which regenerates after the harvest. The bark can be re-harvested every 9-10 years without damaging the tree. Regulated forests, mainly in Spain &Portugal, are the producers for the cork industry. Unlike bamboo, cork is a true green


By |2013-03-20T13:01:54-07:00March 20th, 2013|CTA Consultation|

In yesterday’s post Facebook we asked if you could identify the decorating idea that was greenwashing. Greenwashing is claiming something to be green that is not. It is the scourge of green building. The icon of greenwashing from yesterdays post is Bamboo. For all of the reasons listed in the article, bamboo is potentially a

Tankless Water Heaters No Longer our Recommendation

By |2012-11-29T16:50:39-08:00November 29th, 2012|CTA Consultation|

water heaters For years we confidently recommended tankless water heaters.  This recommendation was backed up by quite a bit of well documented research that was easily understood from a theoretic perspective.  Conventional water systems keep all of that water hot all of the time.  New research shows that the truth is somewhat counterintuitive.

The Supersized House

By |2012-08-28T15:57:15-07:00August 28th, 2012|CTA Consultation|

Do you have a parent or grandparent that grew up during the Depression?  I love the resourcefulness and frugality of so many who grew up in those tough times. While later generations, including my own, loudly encourage us to reduce, reuse and recycle, the Greatest Generation quietly set the example of self reliance and intentionality.Our

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