Archive for December, 2014

Joyful Wishes

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This is an occasional blog-post where we ask a Semmes’ client to tell us about a great feature on their house.

Installing the Tapmaster hands-free faucet controller at our kitchen sink was one of Tapmasterthe best decisions we ever made for our custom home.  It simply is a fabulous feature for our family.  Our kids were able to use the faucet at our big kitchen sink long before they were big enough to reach the actual faucet because the controller is conveniently located in the toe kick of the cabinet.  The hands-free feature is also very hygienic.

Besides the convenience, we also appreciate the water it conserves. The savings really added up over the years.  The controls are extremely reliable. No dancing in front of a sensor, or waiting for it to turn on.

We know how much we enjoy it, because we miss it when we vacation in other homes.

Tapmaster really changes the way you use your faucet.site_logo

by Margerie Manning

Semmes & Co. Builders, Inc. Client

by Margie Schuler

On a recent Fall evening, Semmes & Co Builders, Inc. hosted local interior designers to view wallcoverings by Koroseal, including the Arte and Reid Witlin LTD lines. Now, I used to immediately associate “wallcoverings” with period décor of the 1980’s, but not anymore!

Today’s wallcoverings may include corrugated metal, wood veneer (that can even bend and make a 90-degree corner), glass beading, leather looks (that don’t resemble pleather), acoustical treatments, dimensional, dry erase or projection surfaces. This is in addition to the more traditional fabrics, textiles, and grass cloths. With these options available, you can select a designer name wallcovering instead of an art-piece for a focal wall.

Or design your own with by utilizing custom digital printing. The possibilities are vast and I predict more types of wallcoverings to be specked in the future. With looks like these, why not?

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Digital Surfaces

Leather Looks

Leather Looks

Intrigue Caisson Acoutiscal

Intrigue Caisson Acoutiscal

Glass Beading

Glass Beading

Digital Surfaces

Digital Surfaces

Corrugate Metal

Corrugate Metal

by Tom Moore

An often-overlooked partner in the home building process is that of the Engineer. Clients understand the need for a reputable Architect and Builder, and usually have a clear understanding of the architects’ process.Their task is to create a form that suits the clients’ every need. Their design is to be aesthetically pleasing, functional and customized to the client. Architects are the rock stars, loved and admired.

As with rock stars, if Architects don’t have roadies and a reliable support crew, their work becomes very difficult. The ability to stay in the public eye becomes close to impossible. You might say Engineers are the roadies to the Architects. A variety of engineers may be associated with a project: civil, structural, mechanical and soils engineers are several that come immediately to mind. These are the ones we work with the most.

The Engineer makes sure the Architect’s beautiful creation doesn’t fall on your head. Or roll down the side of the mountain. Or sink into a quagmire. Engineers spend many dedicated years in college and with continuing education to keep you safe and sound. Things that cannot be explained in numerical equations simply don’t exist in the world of the Engineer. They can put a numerical value to a type of soil, a bolt or a piece of wood.

A Builder’s relationship with an Engineer can sometimes be touch and go. We at Semmes & Co Builders, Inc. have been very fortunate to maintain good relationships with just about every Engineer with whom we’ve worked. We may run into unforeseen problem, then work out a solution with the Engineer. They’ll put a numerical value to it and we are off and running again.

Little known fact: an Engineer invented the bolt. Without bolts, skyscrapers could not be possible since engineers could not place a numerical value upon a hammered rivet.

It takes all kinds of professionals to complete a successful building project. And, I take my hat off to the Engineers.

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