St. Joe, Missouri Hotel Restoration

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 18 Feb, 2011
At 11 pm on Christmas Eve Eve 2008 a St. Joe, Missouri hotel sprinkler pipe burst in its attic. The hotel was slow, with only the night auditor in the building, who was unable to locate the water shut-off. Water slowly accumulated in the poorly drained sloped area, causing the water to freeze and the […] The post St. Joe, Missouri Hotel Restoration appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
At 11 pm on Christmas Eve Eve 2008 a St. Joe, Missouri hotel sprinkler pipe burst in its attic. The hotel was slow, with only the night auditor in the building, who was unable to locate the water shut-off. Water slowly accumulated in the poorly drained sloped area, causing the water to freeze and the pipes to explode when temperatures dropped.
High pressure water flooded the third floor for 40 minutes, running down the partition walls into the lower floors. While the hotel guests moved to another area of the hotel, the hotel called in help and thought the problem was fixed. On Christmas Eve day four more pipe breaks occurred, one about every 30 feet, causing the hotel to close for business. The extensive damage ruined drywall, carpeting, vapor barrier, doors, frames, trim and acoustic ceilings.
The hotel called J. Thompson Restoration on Christmas Day and we arrived on the day after Christmas. We guarantee our mitigation services on-site within 12 hours and our reconstruction services no later than 48 hours. J. Thompson Restoration provides all contracting to clean up and repair the damage sustained in a disaster. Our disaster team manages all aspects of the job including any communication with hotel staff, contractors and insurance agents.
On this project, J. Thompson Restoration replaced:
  • 85,000 sq. ft. of wallpaper
  • 30,000 sq. ft. of drywall
  • 30,000 sq. ft. of carpet
  • 25,000 sq. ft. of insulation
  • 7000 sq. ft. of sound board
  • 203 door trim sets
  • 80 in-room coffee bars
  • 23 toilets
The 2 million job placed the hotel in restoration mode for 8 months, but with our quick recovery plan it was able to open within 5 months. We hit every deadline on time and kept the project within budget.

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By 7052540976 16 Jan, 2018
Building a custom home for you and your family is an exciting time, if you are willing to put in the work. Here we are covering some of the basics you need to know when planning a custom build.
By 7052540976 19 Dec, 2017

A person’s home is one of the most important places to them, a space they find comfort, rest and relaxation. Naturally, we are under a lot of pressure to make it perfect for the clients we work with. Our recent project in the Woodland Creek neighborhood of West Des Moines, Iowa has been a fun challenge for our team. We are working with a universal design!

The clients for this project are a retired couple who wanted to move from their small town to the growing city of Des Moines to be closer to their kids and grandkids.

They wanted a home that they could grow old in and still be able to access and use the entire house as they age. It became apparent to them that having J. Thompson Builders create a custom universally designed home to fit their needs was their best option.

Universal design is becoming a significant choice in newly built homes. Not only does it allow for adjustments to help the aging community live comfortably in their homes, it also can be a good fit for people with disabilities. With universal design, your home is customized to fit your lifestyle.

The home we designed for our clients is a traditional ranch style home large enough to host family gatherings. The main level measures to 2,200 square feet, with the addition of the finished basement the total square footage comes to approximately 4,000.

When considering their long-term needs, we decided to design wheelchair accessible cabinets and an island in the kitchen. There will also be a zero threshold entry into the home, meaning there are no steps from the street to the front door. Due to the prevalence of basements in the mid-west a majority of homes these days are built with at least one to four steps leading up to the main level, making entry challenging for a sector of our population.

A unique feature in this home will be a residential elevator to carry you from the main floor into the finished basement. Once in the basement we have made sure there is plenty of living space and necessary facilities for the homeowners to have everything they need on either level. 

By 7052540976 15 Nov, 2017
Some of these considerations may not be in the forefront of your mind, but there is a long list of aspects you need to consider when building a new home. These should help to get you started thinking about some of the most important pieces of the home building process.
By 7052540976 15 Oct, 2017
This home is being built with our client’s specific wants and needs in mind. The homeowner
requested a single family home with a modern contemporary house design. Previously, he lived
in a townhome and desired a more private, spacious residence. A main floor living with a large
space to entertain and big volume ceilings were a must on the client’s list.

The client decided building as opposed to finding a pre-existing home was a better solution for
him because he wants something specific to his needs. He already had the perfect location in
mind and it was time for him to own his dream home.

The area is ideal for this client because it allows him to live in close proximity to his hobbies and
interests and it also allows him the ability to walk to nearby restaurants or bike to the
surrounding shops. This homeowner will be close to everything. He truly loves the location!
The design concept picked is pictured below. In sticking with a contemporary influence, the
design has clean, simple lines that will result in an extraordinary modern home. We combined
elements of residential and commercial materials and design to bring our client’s unique requests to life.
By 7052540976 15 Sep, 2017

You decide that you are ready to build a custom home for you and your family. Now it is time to figure out how to finance your dreams!

Let’s start with the basics. As with any loan process, do your research. Talk to several mortgage companies that specialize or have a strong understanding/history of working with construction loans. Ask questions and voice your concerns. Companies of course want your business, but they also want to make sure they are a good fit for you and what you are wanting to accomplish. Reviews and referrals are strongly regarded these days. They want to make sure you have the best experience possible.

There are several main differences between a construction loan and a regular existing home loan. An individual construction loan may require a longer credit history  or a higher credit score as well as more money down and along the way. It is more of a process, but it is most certainly worth it. With the right builder, the more involved process becomes a piece of cake; but, that is an article for another time.

Home loans can have a 30 year term whereas a construction loan typically has a max of 1 year. “The rates on this type of loan are higher than rates on permanent mortgage loans. To gain approval, the lender will need to see a construction timetable, detailed plans and a realistic budget, sometimes called the “story” behind the loan,” as reported by  bankrate . While your home is being built, it is typical to make interest-only payments. 

If you are thinking, “I don’t have enough money to pay off a newly built home in 1 year!” Don’t panic.

A popular option is the construction-to- permanent financing sometimes called “one-time close,” a “single close,” or an "all-in-one" loan. Upon completion of construction, the remaining loan balance is converted into a permanent mortgage with terms up to 30 years. Like most loans, “the rate and other terms of the permanent mortgage are set up-front when the entire loan package is closed” according to the  National Association of Home Builders .  Construction/permanent loans are offered by many different lenders, including banks and mortgage companies and are a great option for those of us wanting to finance their home purchase over an extended period of time.

Another option is a stand-alone construction loan. This type of loan can be beneficial if you currently own your home and want a smaller down payment option.   Read more about stand alone construction loans.

There are many different loan options. What makes sense for one person doesn’t make sense for everyone. Make sure you find the right product for you and your particular project. If you want to talk over some options, contact us! We would love to hear your ideas and figure out how we can build your dream home.

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By Jeremy Thompson 01 Aug, 2017
Your home should work for you, your family and the way you live. Sometimes a new custom home isn’t the answer yet. When you need to maximize the space in your current home, find clever ways to make your space more usable by maximizing storage in unique ways. Platforms add additional space and a new […] The post Clever Remodeling Ideas to Maximize Storage Space appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
By Jeremy Thompson 15 Jul, 2017
The internet puts an incredible amount of information at your fingertips. Why would you not take advantage of it to get home remodeling advice? Often it isn’t created by experts in the field. Here are 3 remodeling myths you may have read or heard about and the truth you need to know to understand how […] The post 3 Remodeling Myths and Tips appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
By Jeremy Thompson 01 Jul, 2017
With more and more people working from home or taking at least the occasional “work from home” day, the home office has become an essential part of a home plan. Even if you don’t work from home ever, the home office is still a great area to work on creative projects, store important files, or […] The post Designing a Home Office: Increasing Productivity, Inspiring Creativity appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
By Jeremy Thompson 15 Jun, 2017
We’ve offered you lots of advice over the years about building a custom home. Here is a condensed version of some of the most important tips to follow. Get on the fast track to planning your new custom home! 7 Tips for Building a Custom Home Pay attention to your subdivision covenants. Yes, these are […] The post Building a Custom Home: 7 Quick Tips appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
By Jeremy Thompson 01 Jun, 2017
Whether building a house or undertaking a remodel you have the opportunity to design your house to suit your tastes and needs. There are many flooring options available, each with unique characteristics and design. Since flooring is a long-lasting part of the house it is important to choose the right floor for each room that […] The post 5 High-Quality Flooring Options Available for Your Home appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
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