Posts in Design DIY
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 3b: Build Your Team!

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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 3: Designing A House!

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Cozy Modern San Diego Home

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!

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Behind the Scenes: Researching Your Property

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

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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. Introducing the first post in my Behind the Scenes series: Finding a Designer!

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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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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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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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What is Minimalism?

Why minimalism may be just what you're looking for.

When I talk to friends about the Minimalist lifestyle, they can be quick to judge. I’m sure they’re imagining a house with white walls and weird art, a life with no embellishment or pizzazz. Fortunately for me, that couldn’t be further from the truth. For all those curious people, here are my minimalist principles...

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DIY Design: Bang For Your Buck

7 things that make the greatest impact on your interior design.

It's that time of year again. You're coming down from the holidays. The decorations come off the walls and you think, "hm, this space needs reorganizing." Or it needs a fresh coat of paint, or a new couch, or a recent photo hung on the wall... you get my point. 

BUT, you don't have enough money! It's a conundrum that I hear from friends all the time. Don't worry, there's a solution: GET THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.

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San Diego Modern Coastal Apartments

A stunning transformation of this apartment building into a contemporary heaven.

This client bought a four-unit apartment building in very rough shape. His goal: develop into modern, rentable apartments. Together, we designed and permitted a complete remodel. Read on for more photos of this Modern Coastal historical apartment building!

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Cozy & Bright Portland Apartment

Beautiful interior design for this Oregon businessman.

I recently traveled to Portland, Oregon to decorate a client's apartment. We started with zero furniture and by the end of my week-long visit, the place was completely livable! Beautiful even! This client was on a budget and the apartment is pretty tiny so ...

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Tiny Spaces: Why Do We Like Them?

A recent article questions our love of small spaces.

How do Tiny Spaces make you feel? Do you want to stay? Or run away? Recently, The New York Times published a quick and very interesting article that made me think. Why do people like Tiny Houses? Molly Young thinks she has the answer.

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DIY Design: Passive Ways to Save Energy

7 ways to lower your energy bill.

In green building, there’s this thing called “Passive” Design. It sounds unexciting but it’s one of the most powerful tools at a homeowner’s disposal. You rarely hear about it because very few people make money with Passive Design, except the homeowner!

The easiest time to apply Passive Design is in the schematic design of a new house. In the verrry beginning. But there are also things small moves you can do in an apartment or small house renovation.

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Our RV Remodel... Finally!

The bright and welcoming remodel of our full-time RV home.

We lived in and remodeled a 34 foot long 5th wheel. This was our first adventure in Tiny Living and we wanted our new home to be special. We worked weekends and nights and MANY hours in between. All for a custom renovation and a home that felt our own. It was absolutely worth it.

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DIY Design: Plastic Bottle Homes

Ever consider building a home out of used water bottles? These people have.

There is a solution to every problem. It’s incredible what smart people come up with when faced with allegedly insurmountable obstacles.

Plastic bottle homes are cheap, energy efficient, and long-lasting. They can be built in any climate and with the most basic man power. They produce zero carbon emmisions and take thousands of plastic bottles out of landfills. Nigeria took this "technology" and ran with it...

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