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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 […]

Floor plan sketch showing opened Living Room & Sitting Room and Kitchen extension

creating a perfect home in a not-so-perfect house

Unless you have the money to hire an architect full-time to design and document your custom dream home, you’ll find yourself stuck living in an existing house or picking out a model from a mass-home-builder’s short menu of available plans.   Basically, the majority of us including me live in houses that fall short of meeting […]

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 […]

home design packages

home design packages

If you want some help with a renovation or addition project at home but are either intimidated by the idea of hiring an architect or designer or think that you can’t afford to, check out my home design packages available in S, M and L sizes for different project sizes.  They are budget friendly and […]

buy and renovate to get your ideal home

buy and renovate to get your ideal home

I don’t know if it’s a buyers’ market or not, but every time I turn around another house goes up for sale in my area.  Consider yourself lucky if you find ‘the perfect home’ out there.  Most times in some way, small or big, a home whether brand spankin new or historically old will fall […]

home-buyer workshop :: lakefront

home-buyer workshop :: lakefront

D and C are looking to purchase a lakefront home.  There are very few water-front homes available in our immediate area so it is a unique opportunity for them.  The lake is a part of a state park and the location is perfect as both of them love the outdoors.  The downside is that the […]

renovate-decorate budget worksheets

This file for me is a work in progress really, but I feel like I have finally got it to a point where it might be useful for you.  It is actually really simple and does not provide you with anything that a scratch piece of paper and a calculator could not do.  I personally […]

renovate! : abranowicz home

I have to apologize for the quality of the photos.  This project (another one of my all-time favorite renovations) is from Martha Stewart Living, September 2003.  The only photos I have are directly from the article that I tore from the magazine.  And since the article was photographed by William Abranowicz himself (my all-time favorite […]

a new blog :: Dear Cottage Living

"Great curb appeal is not about the size or style of your home, but making the most of what you already have." Have any questions about or need help with suggestions on your home’s curb appeal?  Write to architect Hoyte Johnson and Cottage Living editor Rex Perry at the new blog at Cottage Living.  Or […]

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