Remodel Your Home – Remodel Your Life

One thing is for sure the only certainty in life is change. If you don’t like the weather, wait and it will change. You just dyed your hair a trendy new color, but it will change. You’re late for work and sitting in traffic at a red light, but it will change. You have a tight youthful body, but it will change. You have your life the way you want it, but it will change too. When you remodel your home it’s because you want to change something about it, but home remodeling is a better opportunity to change something about your life! read more →

30 Apr 2010
0 Comment

Architect or Aspirin? — Common Design Headaches

I love what I do — designing personalized homes. It’s a daunting but fulfilling challenge to help families design unique living spaces. You love what I do too and that’s why I see an increasing number of your plans during owner-architect interviews. You share hand sketches, grid paper layouts, magazine overlays, photographs and computer renditions. Admit it, being your own designer is sexy and you want to say, “I did it!”, but despite how inspiring and creative your plans are, they often lack design coherence and include expensive mistakes. Your sketches, layouts, overlays and programs are good ways to start, but they are a poor way to finish a design unless you have the insight and skills to make a design work. To all you design cavaliers who want to try their hand at home design, I appreciate your effort and ingenuity, but please avoid these common design headaches. read more →

31 Mar 2010
0 Comment

Owner As Installer – Should You Help Build It?

You’re a DITY…I’m a DITY…we’re all DITY. Pick up that hammer and join the DITY (Do-It-Yourself) world. Admit it, you’ve fallen victim to the DITY-movement. Frequent DITY shows on HGTV inspire you to build your own project. Instructional U-Tube videos empowered you to remodel your kitchen. The sheer number of home improvement stores, shows and helpful U-Tube videos inspired many owners to build IT themselves. read more →

05 Feb 2010
0 Comment

Working With an Architect

Maybe I’ve taken it for granted because I’ve worked with architects and other design professionals my whole adult life so I know what architects do; but I’ve learned most people (builders included) have never worked with an architect and have no idea what an architect does. read more →

22 Jan 2010
0 Comment

How do I get a good construction estimate?

How do I get a good construction estimate? The jury is still out, but one thing is for sure; no one knows what a project costs until it’s finished. The industry and most builders will suggest they are better estimators than architects are. I agree that a builder will arrive at a price for your.. read more →

12 Dec 2009
0 Comment

Owner As Builder – Should you Build It?

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Do friends call your wall in China, “great”; your arch in France “triumphal” and your tower in Paris an “eye-ful”? Do friends mock you because you built your own computer, car or man cave? Are you the envy of the neighbors because all your home improvement projects are better than glossy magazine photos? If this is true, you’re obviously skilled so why not build your own home? Building your own home is a challenge, but may be more manageable than you think. read more →

08 Dec 2009
0 Comment

Architects like builders

Architects genuinely like builders! Contrary to what you read in many publications or overhear at trade shows, architects and builders like and appreciate one another. The builder-bashing and architect-lynching will wage on eternally because these “partners” lack effective communication – like many relationships. The problem is builders are rarely included in design and architects are.. read more →

Owner as Architect – Should You Design It?

Are you a do-it-yourself person? Do you love the satisfaction of doing something yourself and spurn the notion of hiring someone to do a simple task or service? Have you ever hired a cook, maid, lawn maintenance, plumber, auto repair or realtor? If you haven’t, you’re a VERY busy person. But, you probably don’t do everything yourself, I’m sure you eat out occassionally, take the car to a quick service or hire a realtor to sell/buy your home. When you hire someone else, it’s because you don’t have the time or expertise to do the job you deserve. Well designing your home may fall into that category so don’t do it alone if you don’t have to. read more →

17 Oct 2009
0 Comment