Behind the Scenes: Finding a Designer

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.

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Light & Modern Texas Remodel

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…

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Integrated Project Delivery: It’s Common Sense

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.

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Remodel Your Kitchen On A Budget

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.

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Big Announcement – I'm BACK!

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!

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Furnace VS. Boiler VS. Heat Pump

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.

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Tank Storage VS. Tankless Water Heaters

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.

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Lessons from Our DIY Wedding

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.

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Winter in West Maine

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...

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Pros and Cons of Shipping Container Homes

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??

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In Defense of Meat

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.

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The Most Common Ways To Build Your House

The 3 Most Common Building Delivery Methods to Help You Decide

The building industry can be very confusing. Who does what? There are SO many services and materials needed for even the simplest home remodel. And there are SO many places to get them!

Who do you choose? Which process is the best? Well, I can't tell you that. But I CAN help you weigh the positive's and negatives. 

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Money Making DIY Remodel

This client's DIY remodel increased his home's value by $120k!

Blair remodeled his kitchen with his own two hands. He wanted a new space AND a higher home value. After two years, thousands of dollars, countless late nights, and missed weekends the project was complete. During a recent refinance, Blair's home appraised for $120k more than the purchasing price. It was all worth it. 

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DIY Design: Spring Cleaning

6 steps to clear your home of clutter.

Lots of people get the urge to clean in Spring. If you're feeling that way right now, take advantage of it! Many friends tell me they'd love to live with less but clearing stuff out is a daunting task. Here's a guide to get you started.

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Crazy Designs by Other Designers

A few crazy designs I have to share.

Our articles have been a little bit serious lately... so here's a few very quick videos of the coolest, funkiest, most creative designs I've seen in the last few months.

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