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!Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
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 PropertyRead More
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!Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
A beautiful kitchen remodel for a young and lively family.
One day Maggie, my social media guru, asked for advice about remodeling their new kitchen and dining room. Her young family soon became clients and one year later, their house is midcentury modern and gorgeous! Read on for photos and details...Read More
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...Read More
A beautiful living room and bathroom remodel for a fun-loving South African family.
At our Christmas party two years ago, I was approached by close family friends. They were tired of their cramped, non-functional living room and bathroom and wanted some ideas of how to rearrange the space.
We came up with a design that made the living room feel open and continuous with the deck; welcoming and hospitable for gatherings large and small. We also gutted the upstairs bathroom to give the client a huge shower and beautiful, usable vanity.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
Why you may need a land surveyor.
Ever wonder what a Land Surveyor does? Or why they're standing the middle of the road with a yellow tripod contraption? My dad, Clive Hopwood, is a Land Surveyor. He’s been doing it for as long as I can remember... Here's what he has to say.Read More