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Remodeling, Cost & Value

Remodeling, Cost & Value

Let me get to the point right away.  Remodeling and renovating one’s home is EXPENSIVE.  There’s no way around it.  I could write a dissertation on all the reasons why I think it is so, but I’ll spare you.  From my experience, if the price looks to good to be true, it probably is.  As […]

plan now! for a home (or work) renovation project in 2013

With the holiday season upon us, no one really wants to think about 2013 yet.  But if you are thinking about about a project in the new year to refresh your space (renovation, addition, redecorating, etc.) the earlier you start planning the better. *If you spend some time getting clear on your goals and your […]

a little design for everyone (in a bag)

A few years back Target did that ad campaign they called 'Design for All" which I loved in concept and I hope in some way I am able to bring that idea to the architecture world (that everyone, not just the rich, should have access to well-designed homes).  The interior design industry I think is […]

burning the candle(s)

Burning the candle(s) at both ends.  That's me lately.  It's the only way to describe it and it has me totally out of sorts, scattered, down and losing sleep (and blogging at 12 midnight).  I do too much.  I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of you do too much too.  I have to […]

canning the housecleaner

I did something crazy a few weeks ago.  I let my housecleaner go.  He was great.  No complaints there.  But I had been thinking about it for awhile and just decided to go ahead and do it.  It was really a bit of luxury for us and great while it lasted.  Originally he came every two […]

sparkle-ly windows : a facial for your house?

The windows at my day job (two sides of a 3-story Victorian twin) were cleaned today, inside and out, storm windows and sashes.  I could see the classical white columns of the Presbyterian church across the street very clearly now that the film of grime and dirt had been wiped away and I enjoyed the […]

Kitchen and Bath Business :: get info right from the pros

I received a package from the lovely Melissa at Kitchen and Bath Business last week. I have read the K+BB magazine before, but have never been on their website. Over 6 million kitchens were renovated last year in the US and almost the same amount of bathrooms.  Whether you live in a house or an […]

more *moving* resources

Relative to hiring movers to move you and your stuff, it seems to me that the consensus is to get REFERRALS from friends and family and anyone else that you trust.  I have heard that most of the people dissatisfied with their movers found them online.  Luckily, I know a number of people who have […]

painting & paint colors

We’ve painted and installed hardwood floors in two of our upstairs rooms, but the rest of the house is in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint.  Finding the time to tackle the projects is difficult enough.  And although I can pick colors for other people in a flash and feel confident about them, […]

the after pictures and construction dust

Ceiling is patched, bedroom wall is patched, new vanity and sink are installed, both sets of closet doors are installed and trim around the patio door looks great.  I still have to paint the patches, closet doors and trim and order and install the marble apron for the sink.  We also have to buy a […]

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