We had a conversation with Phil Vanderloo, owner of Hiline Builders, Inc, on the topic of home remodeling. Phil is a Certified Green Building Professional in both Building Design and Construction and LEED for Homes.

Hiline Builders has been in business for more than 30 years. It is a General Contractor company based in Sacramento, California and specializes in room additions, residential kitchen and bath remodels and custom home design-build.

A Certified Green Building Professional, LEED AP BD+C

Continue reading below to gain some insights from a contractor’s point of view:


Steam Showers Inc: What is your favorite part of what you do?

Phil: I think seeing the clients’ faces when the project is complete and having happy customers.


Steam Showers Inc: What do you think makes your company stand out from the competition?

Phil: I like to think that I stand out because of my solid communication, transparency and mutual respect throughout the job. I tend to become very good friends with most of the people I do work for and develop long term relationships. I’ll often get work callbacks for other work for clients down the road for that reason.


Steam Showers Inc: What advice would you give someone who’s going to remodel their home?

Phil: Do your homework. Most of the people, over half of the people, I meet these days with remodel projects have very unrealistic budget expectations. So unrealistic that their budget would not even cover the materials let alone the labor and profit and all other architectural fees. I would say get a realistic feel for what your projects going to cost.


Learn more about Hiline Builders at http://www.hilinebuilders.com/about.php.

For last month’s book to read in the tub we wrote August’s Book to Read in the Tub: The Giver. This month, we’re talking about a popular psychological thriller: Gone Girl. Like The Giver, Gone Girl has been adapted into a motion picture and will be premiering on October 3this year.

Gone Girl, which came out in 2012, is a witty suspense novel told from the perspective of two unreliable narrators: a husband and wife. Nick Dunne and Amy Elliot-Dunne have a dysfunctional marriage. They moved from New York to Missouri when Nick lost his writing job. Gone Girl is told in alternating accounts; it moves between Nick’s narration in the present and Amy’s diary entries. The couple’s 5 year wedding anniversary is approaching when Amy suddenly disappears. Nick quickly becomes a prime suspect and the media focuses its attention on him.

This thriller is a great read for those who want to keep turning the page to see what happens next. What really happened to Amy and is Nick a murderer? Sit back in the bathtub with this paperback and some bubble bath to find out what happens in this mystery.

The film Gone Girl is directed by David Finch and stars Ben Affleck as Nick and Rosamund Pike as Amy. Neil Patrick Harris will appear as Amy’s ex-boyfriend Desi Collings and Tyler Perry will appear as Nick’s attorney Tanner Bolt. Gillian Flynn, author of the novel, adapted the screenplay.

About Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, worked as a pop culture journalist at Entertainment Weekly for ten years. Her experience of being laid off from the publication inspired some of the themes in Gone Girl. Her two other novels, Dark Places and Sharp Objects, are also successful.

Interesting Facts

-Gillian Flynn originally set out to be a crime reporter after college and became a TV critic at Entertainment Weekly.

-The film adaptation of Gone Girl is produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company.

Our Favorite Quotes from Gone Girl

“Love makes you want to be a better man. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are.”

“Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.”

“My mother had always told her kids: if you’re about to do something, and you want to know if it’s a bad idea, imagine seeing it printed in the paper for all the world to see.”

Books like Gone Girl

-The Silent Wife (A.E. Harrison)

-The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)

-Carrie (Stephen King)

-Fight Club (Chuck Palaniuk)

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