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 With over 35 years construction experience, especially in the challenging area of remodeling, I can handle your project. I love rough framing carpentry for the geometric challenge in problem solving. I think glass block has timeless and classic beauty. Tile allows me to be creative. And, I love the natural beauty of finish carpentry hardwoods. So whether it's kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, basement remodeling, doors, windows, skylights, or finish woodwork moldings, I can help you remodel! Finding a great solution to your remodeling situation is most rewarding. From design to the finish product, I will offer you complete remodeling services. My goal is to help enable your enhanced lifestyle! I hope you find the following examples informative. Thanks for your interest. Call me, 801-485-4358, or e-mail from this website.

3900 South West Temple Offices Connecting Pedestrian Bridge

3900 South West Temple Offices Connecting PedestrianBridge

I’ve always enjoyed framing carpentry challenges. This is a commercial project that links the second floors of two office buildings at West Temple and 3900 South. Walls were framed on the ground, then lifted by crane into place and enclosed on top of this narrow pre-cast concrete bridge. Bridge by others. The main consideration here was for wind loading, from either the North or South, causing a venturi effect between the two buildings to push on the tall walls. Plenty of bracing is installed in the ceiling/roof of this structure. An amazing amount of communications wiring is laced through the ceiling framing of the pedestrian bridge that connects the two office buildings.

Canyon Rim Basement Remodeling New Gas Furnace

Canyon Rim New Gas Furnace 

It's Winter, and time for some older furnaces to unexpectedly say they've had enough. We can get you back to warmth and comfort in short order! Here's a new state of the art Rheem gas furnace I just had installed in my basement with the expert help of Emergency Plumbing Service. It's over 90% efficient, meaning that it converts nearly all natural gas into water and carbon dioxide, with less than 10% carbon monoxide or other exhaust waste products. Nearly all hot air stays in the house - exhaust temperature is surprisingly low to the touch. It has a very powerful fan to push all that hot air. I also have an air conditioning unit above the furnace in the upper left metal ductwork. Boxes on left contain spare clean air filters - do change them regularly. Do you have a Questar green sticker? Have us adjust your furnace gas supply so it doesn't overheat and wear out too soon, or produce excess carbon monoxide. Price range for a similar project: $3,000 - $4,000, no ducting. Perhaps a new furnace and improved ducting can be planned as part of a basement remodeling. Call David Taylor Remodeling, 801-485-4358.


Cottonwood Hts. Original Deck/Steps

Cottonwood Hts. Original Deck/Steps


The original deck steps seemed to be just an afterthought of an afterthought (it doesn’t make sense, and not much at that) to the home’s addition, that incredibly enough, was the home's original deck. Someone decided to convert the original deck into living space without a building permit. The original deck was not built with that intent – the deck footings were woefully inadequate, a couple shovels full of concrete post mix in three shallow holes. Naturally, the addition showed signs of walls and tile floor cracking from settling. This is what may occur if cost corners are cut, or sometimes do-it-yourselfers don't think about consequences. So when the homeowners asked me to replace the deck and steps, I took a look at the posts and footings, and suggested some additional work.


Cottonwood Hts. Addition Deck Shoring View 

Cottonwood Hts. Addition Deck Shoring View


A view of temporary shoring supporting the addition. These are concrete forming supports, rented from For-Shor, screw jacked into place. There's a lot of house addition weight: floor, walls, roof, to be supported, but spread out over a 21' span, this shoring is sufficient to carry the load and enable removal of the original posts and undersized footings.


  Cottonwood Hts. Addition Deck Center Footing Post Pour

CottonwoodHts.Addition Deck Center Footing Post Pour


Just after the concrete pour, the center post and footing will harden over the weekend before the forms are stripped away. This is the largest addition footing, measuring 3 feet square, to support most of the addition weight. The 10" diameter concrete post will have only 2" exposed after backfilling dirt. The footing bottom must be at least 30" underground to be below frost line and to comply with building code. The 2 old 4x4 wood posts will be removed after a new 4x6 wood post is attached to the metal foundation stirrup. Of course, all this had to be engineered and inspected by building permit - an addition just can't be built over a deck any old time!


Cottonwood Hts. New Deck North West View

Cottonwood Hts. New Deck North West View


Here's a much more useful (and safer) deck, where a table and chairs can be placed. A railing is required for the steps and landing, being over 30” above the ground. A railing is not necessary for the main deck, being 21" above the ground, giving the feel of more open space. A note: since the new deck was added onto the original "deck/addition", there wasn't much more room to extend back further towards the fence. County setback zoning requirements limited a larger deck. Price range for a similar project, deck only: $5,000.



Sugarhouse Glass Block-Skylight Bath Remodeling

Sugarhouse Glass Block-Skylight Bath Remodeling


Here is a beautiful contemporary bathroom in the 15th East area. It features a Pearl jetted whirlpool tub with Dorn Bracht ceramic valve plumbing fixtures supplied by Home Selections/Ferguson Plumbing, and Il Bagno Studio. Note the pullout handshower for rinsing off after a relaxing soak. The bathroom ceiling was vaulted to increase apparent space, which required engineering. The vaulted ceiling has an operating Velux skylight, supplied by All Purpose Windows, which was desired for ventilation since the window is now fixed glass block. A Decora glass block partition separates the toilet from the vanity. Glass block is classic, fits into any design such as this 1940's era home, so I try to use it whenever possible. Notice the large Italian light fixture over the tub, provided by the Lightspot. There is also a NuTone ventilation fan to remove moisture buildup. This bathroom remodeling was part of an extensive remodel that reconfigured the layout of the first floor area, including the kitchen. A linen closet was removed to increase space in the bathroom, and of course the ceiling was vaulted for the skylight. Price range for a similar bathroom project: $25,000 - $35,000.



Sugarhouse Granite-Laminate-Stainless Steel Kitchen Remodeling

Sugarhouse Granite-Laminate-Stainless Steel Kitchen Remodeling


Here's a beautiful 15th East kitchen looking to the dining area, where the bearing wall was removed and replaced by a built-up 2x12 beam. The beam helps to define space. This kitchen is great for entertaining guests who may sit comfortably in the dining area at the countertop and feel part of the action while the cook whips up a masterpiece. This contemporary kitchen expresses an ultra modern look, with white laminate cabinets set off by incredibly beautiful Blue Pearl granite countertops by Buehner Granite. The granite peninsula wraps around into the dining room. Note the undercabinet lighting under the corner cabinet. Notice there's no door pulls to bump into while doing dishes! The Blum cabinet door hinges and drawer slides are spring loaded to open upon touch. This kitchen remodeling was undertaken as part of the above glass block bathroom project.


Sugarhouse Granite-Laminate-Stainless Steel Kitchen Remodeling

Sugarhouse Granite-Laminate-Stainless Steel Kitchen Remodeling


Again, the beautiful ultra contemporary kitchen near the 15th East area. This view shows a large Amana side by side stainless steel refrigerator and a Thermador stainless steel gas range with a Viking stainless steel range hood and fan from Sure Appliance. A stainless steel backsplash is mounted on the wall behind the range. A GE Spacemaker microwave tucks under the upper cabinets, off the countertop and out of the way. Kitchen space was increased by eliminating a hall doorway, where the refrigerator is, next to a new pantry wall cabinet. The hall was replaced by a closet, that also doubles as a linen closet for the adjoining remodeled glass block bathroom shown above. Price range for a similar kitchen project: $40,000 - $45,000.


West Valley Timber Framing Gazebo

WestValley Timber Framing Gazebo


Here’s a backyard timber framed gazebo ready for the next barbeque party. This project was a test of “finish framing” carpentry skills, in knowledge of building a hip roof, and in precision cutting and assembly of the heavy timbers. The posts are 6x6 and the beams are 4x10 rough sawn douglas fir, the roof sheathing is 1x6 T&G cedar. All materials supplied by Sunroc Building Materials. No jumping from the roof onto the trampoline allowed, kids!


West Valley Timber Framing Gazebo detail 

West Valley Timber Framing Gazebo detail


The timber "finish framing" and sturdy Simpson steel angle connector brackets are visible here. Use of a pneumatic ratchet gun came in very handy for this job to drive all the countless lag bolts. The douglas fir timbers are rough sawn, and the handsome wood grain is readily apparent. This closeup shows the rough sawn 1x6 cedar T&G roof sheathing. Let's have some lemonade with our burgers this afternoon. Price range for a similar project: $10,000 - $15,000.


Sandy patio deck original carpentry framing

Sandy patio deck original framing


It's a beautiful setting for a backyard patio deck with a spectacular Little Cottonwood Canyon view. Here's where the homeowner, who's relatively handy, came to a screeching halt in attacking his deck repairs. After removing the previous composite decking, he couldn't figure out how to improve the original framing. Faced with this confusing situation, I don't blame him! Overspanned at 32" centers for redwood decking, the original (darkest) 16' long 2x6 joists were held up by miniscule "2 shovel scoop" concrete spot footings and pipe posts. 2x6 (darker) joists (foreground; patio rim joist to retaining wall ledger) were added (without new spot footings) to incorrectly reduce the 32" overspan when composite decking was installed. The homeowner couldn't get his new spot footing blocks to level and bearing stirrups to snug up to the added joists or new treated lumber. I told him, "Sometimes, instead of getting a headache trying to deal with existing mistakes, ya gotta drop a bomb on it and start over!"


Sandy patio deck concrete footings pour

Sandy patio deck concrete spot footings pour

The homeowner reluctantly agreed with my diagnosis of the situation, and removed all original framing. To save money and contribute "sweat equity", he ambitiously and heroically dug seven new holes each two feet deep and two feet wide for seven new spot footings, at the hottest July time of year, dealing with the Little Cottonwood glacial alluvial fan. That means - Lots of Rocks! He helped me with mixing and pouring 18 bags of concrete mix, having rented a mixer from Home Depot.

Sandy patio deck concrete footings formed and poured

Sandy patio deck spot footing and post formed and poured

We've got the concrete placed, shown here with a typical 16"x16"x8" square footing and an 8" dia. x16" tall post. Digging the 2' square by 2' deep holes wasn't too bad, the Little Cottonwood glacial alluvial fan gravel/rock was pretty loose. (Easy for me to say, as the homeowner would surely disagree.) The seven forms were checked for height with a builders level. Simpson adjustable post bases were epoxied into the concrete to bear two separate treated wood 2x10 built-up beams, one at the patio concrete slab, and one mid-span of the deck. Of course, all footings holes were backfilled with the excavated dirt. This type of footing meets requirements of Sandy City building code.

Sandy patio deck carpentry framing

Sandy patio deck framing

The deck framing is complete. Next to the patio concrete slab, the first 25' long 2x10 built-up beam is overlaid with the 2x8 joists.The bearing beam blocking is visible. Dropping the beam underneath the joists enabled the 2x6 rim joist to butt up to the concrete patio and provide a 7" finished step up to the deck. Halfway out to the retaining wall, the visible second 2x10 beam is in line with the 2x8 joists, which are secured with Simpson joist hangers. The spot footing photo above shows the footing and post base on the left. At the elliptical retaining wall, 16 feet away, 2x8 ledgers are secured to the cinderblock with 1/2" expansion bolts. 2x8 joists are again secured with Simpson joist hangers. All Simpson hardware is galvanized to resist the chemicals in the treated framing lumber.

Sandy patio deck Trex decking

Sandy patio deck with Trex decking

Here's the handsome finished patio level deck recessed against the retaining wall. That's a propane fueled fireplace on the deck. The decking is 20'x6" Trex "Transcend, Gravel Path" color coated decking,  unequivocally the best out there on the market. Customer and I can say, Amen, after our research. The decking has an amazingly durable, resilient textured coating.  Hidden stainless steel fasteners with a large T head washer fit into a slot in the side of the Trex to hold it all down. Each decking board had to be hand-scribed at the perimeter to fit to the elliptical retaining wall. A similar beautiful deck may cost about $9,000 to $10,000.

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