Kitchen Design — Stages Trump Triangle

The triangle. It’s a spectacular shape. It’s strong, efficient and aesthetic. Think of the real and virtual triangles you encounter everyday…yield signs, trusses, diagrams, fractals, games, love, kitchens…kitchens? Of course, countless kitchen diagrams identify an optimum kitchen work triangle between the fridge, sink and oven. There’s no denying those are critical work centers in every kitchen; however, an efficient working triangle doesn’t automatically create a well-designed kitchen. read more →

03 Aug 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Eco-Chic v Eco-Geek — A Fine Line

I thought I was living green. I convinced myself a hybrid vehicle, curb-side recycling, motion-lights and energy-star appliances grant me eco-chic status. I’m not alone. Many sustainable-thinkers tout their “living green” contributions. I brag about our super-insulated home, tankless hot water heater, aerobic septic, water conservation, recycled paving and drought tolerant plants. Congratulations to you and me for recycling and conserving resources, but I realized living green means practicing good green habits and being vigilant about changing other habits to live greener. To be green, I have to continually think green and live green. My goal is to transcend eco-chic and become an eco-geek. read more →

15 Sep 2009
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Why should I involve a builder in design?

Why should I involve a builder during design? Because it benefits you and improves your project success! If you don’t involve a builder who understands market price fluctuation during design, there is a chance you will design a home you cannot afford. I will design a home that meets your requirements and desires and will.. read more →

10 Sep 2009
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Stock Plan Shocker — Hidden Costs

Here’s a shocker, stock plans will not save you money! Stock plans will cost the same or more than a personalized home designed for you and by you. A home is not like clothing where one-size-fits all or like food where generic tastes almost like name brand. A home is as unique as you are and often more expensive than clothing and food combined. It is a long-term investment you keep much longer except for those of you who still have clothes you wore in high school stuffed in the back of your closet. Save yourself the Shock of Stock and think personalized! read more →

31 Aug 2009
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