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A quick color sample for one of our favorite clients. A well maintained 1951 stone residence in Mt Lebanon. Many of the clear finishes were still in amber shellac and if refreshed every 5-10 years, as this one has been, look almost as fresh as when they were first installed. This one required a couple of stains to replicate UV and age. More interior shots to come.

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Clients charged us with changing the face frame design from an original 1940s built-in to fit their more craftsman ideal. From scroll work to straight lines while minding existing construction parameters. Very careful removal of 75 year old white oak trim ensued. We would have liked to custom mill some new pieces in order to add more architectural details and also to change the cross grain detail at the intersection of vertical and horizontal face frame, but it turned out well and our clients were happy with the lower budget option.

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Renewing the hallways in a 1940s era office building one door at a time. From worn birch slabs to freshly stained and finished 6 panel fir.

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For your enjoyment on this rainy spring day. Another great job by a fellow carpenter/boat builder with skills. Have a tremendous day!

This off-the-grid Tiny House is truly exceptional and now that Briar has moved in, it's been transformed into a real home. When we first saw this house it wa...
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These KitchenMade cabinets were installed almost 2 years ago without any adornment to the upper units. We will dress them up with new crown moulding custom painted to match.

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step - Loa Tzu

In an effort to expand our horizons we've been exploring the possibilities of producing "tiny homes" and doing more with sustainable living related architecture. Here's a video from one of our favorite documentary filmmakers, Kirsten Dirksen, featuring a family's 350 sq ft home studio in Portland, Oregon built from recycled and reclaimed materials.

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On a standard-sized lot in Portland, Oregon, self-taught builders Jeff and Brad built two tiny cottages using mostly salvaged materials. Each home is 364 squ...
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Today, playgrounds can float entirely on the ocean, or take the shape of an enormous, colorful crocodile.
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Another Habitat for Humanity build day is (always) just around the corner! For Sunnyhill members, December 12th is for you! If you're not a member of Sunnyhill please join us anyway OR find a build day that fits into your schedule. All the details are listed below.

Signing up for Build Days online:

1. Visit pittsburghhabitat.volunteerhub.com...
2. Create an account (If you already have an account, please contact alenz@pittsburghhabitat.org to be added to the correct group)
3. During the create an account process, you will be asked if you have a "Join Code". If you belong to a group that is already sponsoring events please enter their code here.
4. Once you are logged in you will see all public build days as well.

Thank you for your continued support and hopefully we will see you there!

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A trimming we will go! Uptown Mt Lebanon office building finish work.

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A blast from the past! Reproduced corbels for Bloomfield/Lawrenceville home with carved rope details.

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What once was a set of built-ins with four equal drawers each is now collectively 20" smaller to accommodate a larger, king size bed frame in a master suite. The originals weren't of the best construction, but all carcases and drawer boxes were adjusted on site and ready for paint in a day's time so the new homeowners could have their bed back and on a budget.

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Please help us out again for Habitat for Humanity build days! We are making a big push to finish the Willet Rd. house from now until August the 14th so the homeowners can move in. All the details are listed below.

Signing up for Build Days online:

1. Visit pittsburghhabitat.volunteerhub.com...
2. Create an account (If you already have an account, please contact alenz@pittsburghhabitat.org to be added to the correct group)
3. During the create an account process, you will be asked if you have a "Join Code". If you belong to a group that is already sponsoring events please enter their code here.
4. Once you are logged in you will see all public build days as well.

Thank you for your continued support and hopefully we will see you there!

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This post is a month overdue I'm afraid. Last day of 4th grade for my youngest. Quick chalkboard planter for our favorite teacher out of leftover fir and sapele millwork w/ chalkboard panels.

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Entry door rehabs abound. Deck rebuilds and new in the coming weeks then more gutters than the man can handle. With all this rain the Pirates are having drainage issues too. At least we are over 600. More pics to come.

All for a super family in need! More photos from the Habitat for Humanity work weekend. Joe and Pat working hard and hydrating.

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