Two remodeled kitchens, side by side — same size, virtually same layout. One kitchen cost $35K to remodel, the other a whopping $175K. What causes some projects to get so expensive?
To a very large extent, dear reader, YOU do. (Well, assuming you’re a homeowner doing a construction project.) Continue reading “HOW MUCH???!!! (An architect’s guide to expensive construction)”
Go into any large bookstore or computer store, and you’ll see an astounding number of computer software programs for home remodelers. And I know that people are buying these programs to help themselves design their own remodeling project. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed more and more clients coming to me with computer-drafted sketches, rather than the crude pencil sketches I’m used to seeing.
Are these software programs valuable? Do they really allow you easily draft your own design? Continue reading “Home design software can help, but it’s not enough…”
Small children are often left out of the design process during a remodeling. But you have a number of opportunities to get your children involved. Not only will they learn an appreciation for the construction process, they will be grateful for being included. (Even if they don’t say so!) Continue reading “Remodeling for the Children in the House”
I recently came across a posting by a somewhat mystified architect on an Internet bulletin board for home remodeling. He posed the question: “Why don’t more people hire architects for their remodelings?” (The question would apply equally for interior designers, as well.) The comments from the public were enlightening and generally as follows: Continue reading “Why Don’t People Hire Professional Designers?”
Most homeowners embarking on a remodeling project are familiar with the traditional route of working with an independent design professional, such as an architect, to develop plans, followed by hiring a general contractor to build the project. Another route that has started appearing more frequently is the concept of design-build, where the designer and contractor are essentially the same company — one-stop shopping!
But which is the right path for you? To help you understand the pro’s and con’s, this article will give you some thoughts to consider. Continue reading “Some Thoughts on Design-Build”
Many designers’ clients, my own included, often seem to have a lingering suspicion that they aren’t being a good client. Perhaps they feel that they’re being overly indecisive, and need some handholding to reassure them that they are “normal.” Although almost every designer has “client from hell” stories, in truth, the vast majority of clients are just fine. However, I thought it might be useful to describe some of the traits that make a GREAT client. This should be important to you, because great clients usually end up with great projects. And bad clients can sabotage a really outstanding design for themselves faster than a two-year old left alone with crayons and a clean wall. Continue reading “What Makes a GREAT Client”
After 25 years of watching the dynamics of husbands and wives during the remodeling process, there are a few tips that I can offer to wives who think their husbands aren’t going to be very involved. Continue reading “Managing Your Husband”
I have lately become quite enamored of a relatively new development in paints: Full Spectrum paints. Unlike standard paint colors, which are usually a blend of two or three hues, plus some black, full spectrum colors are blended from the 7 colors of the natural light spectrum, and use no black at all. Continue reading “The Magic of Full Spectrum Paint”
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to push for a little more fun and whimsy with my remodeling projects. It’s sometimes a bit of a challenge to get clients to go along, though. Many are convinced that they will get eventually get tired of anything out of the ordinary and end up going with “safe” decisions that they think will stand the test of time — mostly because these decisions then will be invisible forever. Continue reading “Have some FUN with your Remodeling!”
Determining whether your contractor is a “product” contractor or a “service” contractor is one of the most (perhaps THE most) critical component of your remodeling or building project. If you don’t pay attention to this at the start, it will cause needless tension, disappointment, and you may never realize why it’s occurring. Continue reading “Product or Service? (You need to know!)”