Behind the Scenes: Interior Finishes
Behind the Scenes: Who Are All These Consultants?
Behind the Scenes! A series of posts to help you understand what I’m doing back here. You know, behind the scenes. Up next, Phase 4: Interiors!
Towards the end of each project are some of the most important (and exhausting) decisions for the overall look of your space: INTERIOR SPECIFICATIONS. It’s important to keep you energy up for this part. If you have the right attitude and the right help (hi!) this can even be fun!
Behind the Scenes: Designing A Home
Behind the Scenes! A series of posts to help you understand what I’m doing back here. You know, behind the scenes. Up next, Phase 3b: Build Your Team!
Cozy Modern San Diego Home
Behind the Scenes! A series of posts to help you understand what I’m doing back here. You know, behind the scenes. Up next, Phase 3: Designing A House!
Behind the Scenes: Researching Your Property
A unique and stunningly beautiful home for this San Diego couple.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally publish this project: my parents house!
Behind the Scenes: Finding a Designer
Behind the Scenes! A series of posts to help you understand what I’m doing back here. You know, behind the scenes. Up next, Phase 2: Researching Your Property
Light & Modern Texas Remodel
People often ask me: What is the design process? How do we get from an idea to a permit-approved set of plans? The answer varies depending the project’s location, size, and type. But there are few common denominators. Introducing the first post in my Behind the Scenes series: Finding a Designer!
Integrated Project Delivery: It’s Common Sense
A whole house interior remodel finds space for this energetic family.
This remodel was centered around this Texan family’s minimalist priorities and athletic lifestyle. Right up my alley! Read on for more details and photos…
Remodel Your Kitchen On A Budget
IPD is the simple, common sense way to build.
I’ve written a couple articles about project delivery methods. But there’s one method I haven’t written about yet, which is crazy because it’s my favorite. It’s called Integrated Project Delivery.
Most homeowners don’t even know IPD exists but it’s quickly gaining popularity with building industry pros.
Daily Bulldog Article
As you cook up a storm this holiday season, the yearning for a new kitchen probably feels stronger than ever.
How long have you dreamt of a pristine, sparkly, inspiring kitchen? If only it weren’t for that silly little obstacle: money.
The good news: you don’t have to deplete your bank account to get what you want! There are simple ways to keep your costs low and your satisfaction high.
Big Announcement – I'm BACK!
I was the spotlight of a feature article in our local newspaper! A lovely piece about my new office (and life) in Maine. It feels amazing that people are taking notice of my work. WOOP WOOP!
Furnace VS. Boiler VS. Heat Pump
Well hello. It's been a while but I have a pretty solid excuse. Drumroll please...
I am now a FULLY QUALIFIED, LICENSED ARCHITECT!*
After 3 years of high school classes, 5 years of undergrad, 1 year of post-grad, 6 years in the big wide world, and 1 year of test taking, I finally have that beautiful little Architect's stamp. And as much as I hate to admit it, I learned A LOT while studying for those tests.
But wait! There’s more!
Tank Storage VS. Tankless Water Heaters
The good and bad of the most popular heating systems.
Heating and cooling uses more energy that any other system in the house. You can save A LOT of money by selecting the right heating equipment. So the question is, what IS the right heating equipment? As you can imagine, the answer is complicated, but here's a breakdown of the three most common energy sources for today's home.
Lessons from Our DIY Wedding
The good and bad of the most popular water heaters.
With every new project I ask: What type of water heater would you like, tank storage or tankless? And over the last three years homeowners’ answers have been varied, but most people just seem confused. Here are the pros and cons to clear things up.
Winter in West Maine
9 Rules for a Successful DIY Wedding.
October 1st was the one year anniversary of my and Mike's DIY wedding. This past year has given me lots of time to reflect and talk with family about our big day. Then, last month, I participated in my best friend's DIY wedding. Now I'm doubly qualified to dole out some advice.
Unbelievable Shipping Container Buildings
We quit our jobs to travel and work at a ski resort!
About a year ago, Mike and I moved our RV from Texas to California. It was the start of a grand adventure for us, a dream come true. You see, over the years, we slowly converted to a minimalist lifestyle. We did this not only to push our limits and define our priorities, but to reduce our cost of living and save money! For the last year, we have been reaping the benefits...
Pros and Cons of Shipping Container Homes
Today I spent a few hours searching out my favorite shipping container designs. You won't believe what these designers did with a rectangle of metal...
So many clients and friends ask me about the seemingly perfect idea of container homes. You know: homes that use shipping containers as their structure and enclosure. Until now, I couldn't really offer an opinion except to say, "Yeah! Those DO seem perfect in every way." But nothing's perfect, right??
The BEST Way To Build Your House
My life is a bit hectic right, perhaps yours is too. So rather than trying to cram your brain with a kickass blog post, I'm going to give you some comic relief.
Here are a few strips from my new favorite comic: Arch. The life of an architect. ENJOY!
In Defense of Meat
There Is A Better Way To Build
Remember last week, when I discussed the different ways to get your house built? Well there was one building delivery method I didn't talk about. IT's THE BEST ONE. It's called Collaborative Construction and the benefits are mind blowing. Plus, it's simple!
We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to give you this... an education on animal farming! My husband and I recently spent a week helping our good friend Katie on her farm in Rhode Island. What we learned there was totally mind blowing.