Loren Wood Builders

Looking back on Uncle Rick's
time at LWB

In 2010, I switched from teaching high school math to building homes, while we were still in the midst of the last recession. In retrospect, this might have been poor timing. However, one of the things that ultimately made the timing work out for me is that Rick McCanse, my uncle, was also running a custom home building company in northern Illinois at the time. Due to the recession, he was less busy than usual and had the time to help mentor and support me as I started this business.

During that first year after launching LWB, he would spend weeks at a time down here in Bloomington, answering my questions, supporting me - both practically and emotionally - and helping me hone my craft. Certainly, I had critical help from many other people (most notably my wife and my parents), but Uncle Rick was my mentor on the ground through those early days. I can say with certainty that without his support and guidance, there is no way that I would have had the confidence, nor the experience necessary, to change careers and launch this company.
Rick and his plane
Rick and Seth
Rick at work
After that first year, Uncle Rick continued to come down periodically, making the 300+ mile trip to Bloomington over the years, typically flying down in his Van's RV-7 (a small experimental aircraft). About 6 years ago, as Bloomington's housing market continued to stay very busy and the construction market in his hometown of Oregon, Illinois failed to pick back up, McCanse Builders closed up shop and Rick and my cousin Seth joined forces with me down here in Bloomington. They have both become integral parts of our team, with Seth and his wife and kids moving down here permanently. Seth now works on our management team as a project manager and our CFO, while Uncle Rick has been making the trip down here every Sunday evening and staying the week with Seth to manage projects, swing a hammer, and support our work here at LWB.

In many ways, Rick has been the spirit of who we strive to be here at LWB. He is an incredibly hard worker and takes pleasure in every task that he undertakes. He always acts with integrity. He isn't uncomfortable about facing hard facts and voicing unpopular opinions and he constantly forces us to look at the truths about ourselves and our operation. Uncle Rick, as much as any of us, takes an immense amount of pride in what we have built as a company here and works incredibly hard to protect that.

I knew that it was coming, but it was still a blow when Rick told me this month that he is retiring. I understand that his commute is significant and that he's looking forward to spending more time at home with his wife and family, his garden, and his sports and hobbies. All I can say is that the successes that we have had as a company and the culture that we have built, both as a family and as a team, are largely due to Uncle Rick's confidence, example, guidance, support, and years of hard work and commitment. He is going to be sorely missed.

~  Loren

Miter Folding Tutorial

In this tutorial, we offer a quick and easy process for connecting mitered corners. This process can be used in lots of different miter applications and eliminates the use of clamps when keeping the edges in place. It’s clean and easy, and requires less work, especially with long pieces of wood. We hope this quick tip will help save you time while creating perfect edges.
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The Latest News about Bloomington Cohousing

Come check out our Bloomington Cohousing booth at the 6th annual Bloomington Pridefest celebrating the LGBTQ culture and community. The event will take place Saturday, August 31 at 3pm on East Kirkwood Avenue. We'd love to talk with you about cohousing and the new neighborhood.

We've made lots of progress out at the cohousing site. Common House: The electrical, HVAC, and plumbing have been roughed in. The front deck, siding, and roofing are finished. Cabin: Cabinets and flooring will be installed shortly. Painting is in progress and heating and air conditioning are operating. Short Street Connection: Curb is poured and paving will be completed this month. Homes: We have applied for construction permits on 6 houses this week. We look forward to breaking ground on the homes in the next month or so. Site Work: Work is progressing on parking areas and site infrastructure. We plan to have parking areas roughed in and all drives functional in the next month! Community: We already have 5 lot reservations in place!
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LWB Helps to Bring the Bloomington Creative Glass Center to Bloomington

We enjoy supporting the local arts in Bloomington and had the pleasure of working on a remodel with the Bloomington Creative Glass Center. The remodel was focused on their “hot shop” where glass will be blown and fused. The project was made more interesting by the fact that the space was previously used for light industrial and several changes had to be planned to support the added power consumption of the various kilns and glass blowing equipment.
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