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Steve Major (Owner - Major Design Group)

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I can answer any questions regarding the design and execution of home improvement and remodeling. This includes trade-specific questions (how-to) in all major building trades: framing, foundations, site prep, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, water treatment, interior finishing, trim & cabinetwork, exterior finishing, roofing, siding. PLEASE indicate your state or region, so I can provide the best possible answer. PLEASE provide photos whenever possible.

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30 years experience in home improvement design and construction, all hands-on, including the construction of dozens of single-family homes and hundreds of remodeling projects in the northeastern US.


Author: "Architectural Woodwork - Details for Construction" published by Van Nostrand Reinhold (now Wiley).


BS -- Cornell University

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KEVIN04/06/16101010Great. Thanks Steve.
Ann11/10/15101010Thank you so much for your input .....
kevin10/30/15101010Thank you for the quick response. Good .....
Gabriel10/10/15101010Thank you will do, Gabe

Recent Answers from Steve Major (Owner - Major Design Group)

2016-04-11 Hidden door:

Brad,  A couple of things.  First off, when you have living space in a basement, often it can be best just to admit (from a design perspective) that you're actually in a basement.  Basements have features

2016-04-09 Hidden door:

Brad,    I'm a little unclear about what you're doing here.  Is the soffit going to be drywall or paneling?  What drywall will potentially get ruined, and how?  Why would the door need to be hidden?  

2016-04-02 fix concrete steps:

Paul,    The substructure looks to be in really poor shape.  You could remove the loose debris and build up the rotted portion with concrete and mortar.  However, this would probably be a temporary fix

2016-04-01 Bi fold door installation:

Kevin,    Typically the drywall is installed and finished prior to installing door jambs or hanging the doors.  It is important that the rough opening be sized correctly to allow for the installation of

2015-11-06 Vinyl Siding:

Ann,    All vinyl siding is susceptible to impact damage, but only if impact is an issue.      If you have an area of your house that will be subjected to frequent impact in the winter, then vinyl may


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