‘Twas the night before demolition


‘Twas the night before demolition, when all thro’ the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even my spouse.
The cabinets were chose by myself with care,
In hopes that Calyx Builds soon would be there.
The workers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of tape measures danc’d in their heads;
And George in his Harley’s shirt, and Bob’s cat in his lap,
Had just settled their brains for a predemo nap-
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the old windows I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, whoops that’s a change order and more cash.
The dumpster in the driveway was covered in snow,
Was ready for the demolition to start tomorrow;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a confused looking carpenter riding a skid steer,
With a little old tool belt, ladder and yardstick,
I knew in a moment I must help him quick.
More rapid than a hemi pickup, down the stairs I came,
Once I arrived he appeared to be sleep walking and shouting by name:
“Now! Daniel, now! Shawn, now! Steven, and Manny,
“On! Jason, on! Chris, on! Jeffrey and Mikey;
“To the start of the foundation! to insulating the kneewall!
“Now demo away! demo away! demo away all!”
I went up to him before he started to walk into my home,
With a bucket full of tools – and some spray foam;
It was George Jr. to my surprise,
And looked at me with a twinkle in his eyes;
He was dress’d all in Calyx gear, from his hat to his boot,
His prepared meals were ready to eat along with some fruit;
I tried to wake him from his sleep spell with a smack,
But he kept walking past me without looking back.
His tools dropped to the floor, his blueprint all laid out,
I waited to see how this would turnout;
Without much ado the demolition began,
He was thrashing around looking like a madman.
And in the middle of the chalky, plastery smoke
George suddenly stopped and smiled, what a strange bloke!
He turned ‘round and cleaned up his tools ever so neatly:
I moved out of his way but I didn’t have to do it discreetly.
And I laugh’d when I saw him finally cease;
He’d finished almost everything, what a great start to his masterpiece.
George picked up his tools and made his way to the front door,
I followed him out and watched him from the ground floor.
He sprung to his skid steer, which was idling to make moves,
And away he rode off, hoping Calyx Builds approves:
But I heard him exclaim, as he went out of sight-
Happy demolition to all, and to all a good night.

3 Season Room: Your Favorite Home Addition

  1. Amazing views of your yard. Check!
  2. Low maintenance. Check!
  3. Natural light. Check!

Adding a 3 season room to your home will become an economical additional space. By extending the area of your living space with a 3 season room, you add value to your home without breaking the bank. Below are a few topics to think about going into your new project.


Window Preference:

  • UV protection windows are a great choice if you are conscious of your skin health
  • Tinted windows are nice to shade from the sun and also reduce glare
  • Interchangeable glass and screen panels can be swapped during the warmer months


Roofing Options:

  • A pitched roof with 1-2 skylights brightens up the area
  • High ceilings make it feel roomier
  • You can match it to the existing roof or even opt for energy star shingles
  • If you are into that rustic feel, a barn house plank design can mesh with your style

Flooring Choice:

  • Deck tiles are an economical choice and can be made to look like any material that matches your style
  • Wood flooring will be more expensive than the wood-tile counter part, but the wood won’t be worn down by mother nature in a 3 season room
  • If you are building up on an existing deck, make sure the rest of the structure is up to code to withstand the new weight

Say yes to the fan:

  • An outdoor ceiling fan will allow additional air flow during the heat spikes of the day
  • Keeping costs for electricity low with a fan rather than using air conditioning


Cheers to social gatherings:

  • This room is a great place to have tea, coffee, beer, or sangria with family and friends
  • You can enjoy the outdoor views and temperature without your guests getting eaten by insects



What is the actual cost?

  • For a properly managed project, a 3 season room can range from $30,000 to $80,000
  • The price reflects that all work is done to code and completed by a licensed contractor
  • The types of material you would like and the size of the space are the main cost adjusters
  • Price is altered by labor intensive costs for demolition, footings, additions, or site prep

Saving Money:

  • With a 3 season room you do not have the costs associated with insulation, heating, air conditioning, or a foundation
  • During the winter it can be used as a second fridge or freezer!

Adding on a 3 season room to your home will likely become your favorite home investment. The space can be constructed faster than a four season room and if, down the line, you would like to convert it to a four season room it would be possible. Plan now to get your project rolling in the late winter to be ready for the Spring time!

A Day in the Life of Calyx Owner Bob Brierley


4:30 am – Wakes up, says good morning to the family cat Mila who squints at him and goes back to sleep

4:45 am – Reviews emails from the home office and reads the newspaper with a cup of coffee

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5:15 am – Heads to the office at 111 Middle St in Lincoln where all the construction action happens

5:30 am – Arrives at the office and opens up

5:35 am – The office is quiet and no employees have arrived yet. This is the prime time for Bob to get his head around what is happening for the day. *pours second cup of coffee*

6:00 am – Scratch that… His co-owner of the business George Constantinides, Managers, and Crew Chiefs start showing up and asking questions about the day’s work load

6:20 am – The weatherization crew starts to stroll in. He has the Crew Chiefs go over the tools and materials they will need on the trucks for the jobs that day.

6:45 am – Bob and George make sure the weatherization crews are out the door and on the road to the jobs

7:00 am – Construction crew arrives and greets Bob to see what the day holds for them

7:30 am – Meeting with George Jr. about what estimates and work orders to complete

8:00 am – The Custom Glass Shop Manager Tony comes in to start his day and greets Bob in the morning

8:30 am – Says good morning to Julie, Lauren, and Pat who work in the office

8:35 am – Meeting with Julie and Lauren to review jobs, financials, and any priorities to finish for the day

9:00 am – Every day is different for Bob but all within one day he is doing the following:

  • Reviewing jobs in progress
  • Discussing business strategies with George
  • Answering client phone calls
  • Answering sub-contractor calls
  • Answering employee calls
  • Going to new sales calls to review potential jobs
  • Creating estimates for potential jobs
  • Shifting around resources
  • Ordering supplies
  • Going to job closings

6:45 pm – Locks up the office and heads home

7:00 pm – Spends time outside around his house cleaning up the garden and working in the garage

7:30 pm – Dinner with his wife Joanne, and daughters Julie and Lauren (most likely some kind of Italian dish)

8:15 pm – Falls asleep on the couch while watching TV

9:00 pm – Joanne wakes Bob up to finally go to sleep in his own bed

They Always Like My Kitchen Best

A kitchen is a special space to express yourself through cuisine and stylish charm. Whether you’re a master chef or a frozen dinner guru, when you use your kitchen you want it to feel like it has some character that reflects your own personality. Your kitchen needs to be your “cup of tea” and you can do so by adding in a few custom details to get it to that presence you want to achieve.

The below list is compiled of 6 kitchens completed by Calyx that we think sparks their personality. These kitchens hold true to a quote on an old ceramic plaque that used to hang in my grandmothers kitchen… “No matter where I place my guests, they always like my kitchen best!”

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1. Honestly Practical

A sophisticated timeless kitchen such as this one, has everything you could ever hope for.

Extra prepping space is a must in a kitchen that gets a lot of use. And a curved island is a great way to display a buffet for family and friends get-together.

2. Sensible Creativity

The elongated island accomplishes that feel of a larger kitchen. Soft sea-green cabinets cool the kitchen down and compliment the graceful gray granite.


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3. Adventurous Pop of Color

To have a bold black and white tiled floor, a pop of red is a headstrong way to compliment the room. Having fun playing with a mix of modern and classic design makes this kitchen attract attention.

4. Bold and Brave

Why try to hide the stove ventilation? Breaking up the cabinets with a modern vent makes a bold statement.

The dark brown cabinets help offset the white tiled backsplash. The combination forms a sleek finished look.

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5. Inventive but Functional 

If you love to cook, these two details are a lifesaver in the kitchen.

Placing a faucet above the stove top is a small and simple add-on to make it easy to fill up your pots right there on the stove.

On the island there is also a hip level microwave drawer which makes it a breeze to take out full bowls of soup.

6. 1930s Enthusiast

Now this final kitchen really shows off the homeowners’ love for the 1930s!  Between the authentic fridge, custom built frame that surrounds the porcelain sink, and red checkered curtains, this kitchen really shows what it was like to live in that period of time.

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Weatherization Work This Summer? Why Not!

Happy… almost Summer everyone! You should have weatherization on the mind!

Some of you may be thinking… why do I need to be thinking about weatherizing my home now? Summer has just begun so I don’t need to worry about that until this upcoming fall. Well let’s go through a few myths that can easily be shut down with the help of your weatherization contractor.


Myth #1: To keep my house cool all day I just need to turn on the air conditioning.

Contractor: An air conditioning unit can help with getting your house cool but it will be overworked if the cool air escapes and so your energy consumption will increase. When you weatherize your home you are helping to keep the cold air inside during the summer and the warm air inside during the winter. To make sure your electric bill stays low, keep your AC unit on low and add insulation or air sealing to your home.

Myth #2: I don’t need ventilation in my attic. That will just cause my AC unit to pump cold air outside.

Contractor: Not true. Having attic ventilation can help in many different ways. First off, during the summer months, the surplus of heat in your attic can either be trapped inside and fight with your AC unit or it can escape through a professionally installed attic vent. Secondly, this can also help with moisture problems in your attic throughout the winter months. Attic ventilation and an insulated attic floor will work together to make sure the right amount of air stays in and filters out to save you money.

Myth #3: Every house needs to breathe and insulation will make it too airtight.

Contractor: Yes, every house needs to breathe so that carbon monoxide doesn’t build up but there is a happy medium in every house to keep quality air in. Let’s talk about how most homes have more leaks than necessary. These leaks aren’t just from your windows and doors, but from your garage, basement, attic, crawl spaces, and piping. To make sure we find that happy medium, we do what’s called a blower door test (combustion safety testing). This test will show how much air is leaking out of your house before we install the insulation. Then we test again at the end of the work to ensure the home still breathes but keeps in more of that quality air.

Myth #4: I thought weatherization was expensive and the costs are more than the benefit.

Contractor: If you haven’t heard that you are eligible for a No-Cost Home Energy Assessment yet then this will be a game changer for you! After your home has been assessed you could save anywhere from 25-75% off your total weatherization costs. If you look at your utility bill you are probably already paying into this program. With these funds you can see your cost to benefit sooner than you think. Why wait to have your home running efficiently? Give us a call today to get started!