Category: Advice

An Elegant, Cost-Effective Awning

An Elegant, Cost-Effective Awning

A custom, copper awning was just the solution when my client requested a covered entry when we had almost completed construction.

A Garden Room in the Front Adds Curb Appeal and Function

A Garden Room in the Front Adds Curb Appeal and Function

I’ve proposed a front garden room with pergola to add curb appeal and function to my client’s home. The husband is a bit afraid that the idea is too radical. So I pulled together this slideshow of work of my own and of other’s to help him visualize the delightful effect of creating a front garden room.

A Colorful 1920’s Bungalow Exterior

A Colorful 1920’s Bungalow Exterior

Selecting Exterior Colors for a 1920’s Bungalow in a Neighborhood that welcomes the quirky and unusual.

Color, Furnishings and Lights!

Color, Furnishings and Lights!

Refreshing your home’s surfaces with paint and fabric can yield a dramatic and remarkable “new” home.

An Corner Nook for a Space-Saving Eat-In Kitchen

An Corner Nook for a Space-Saving Eat-In Kitchen

I’m planning a corner eating nook for my client and using these examples to get style guidance from her.

Another Approach to Solar Energy

Another Approach to Solar Energy

I’m intrigued by Solatech Energy’s approach to solar energy — it uses glass roof tiles to capture the heat and to heat water that circulates with the existing heating system.

Attic Bedroom – An Attractive Space Makes A Sound Investment

Attic Bedroom – An Attractive Space Makes A Sound Investment

An attic bedroom returns a higher value than almost any other remodeling investment. Here are some ideas for planning your new attic get-away.

Cost vs. Value of Home Improvements

Cost vs. Value of Home Improvements

The market is valuing home improvements that make the most of the existing house – adding space in attics and basements plus making mechanical and safety improvements – upgrading their front entry and replacing major systems like roofs and siding.

The Right Countertop for Your Kitchen

The Right Countertop for Your Kitchen

If Countertop Selection has your baffled. Here are some Questions to Help you Narrow Down Your Options to Find What’s Right For Your Lifestyle and Tastes

Divide to Enlarge

Divide to Enlarge

Techniques for making your yard look larger without adding space.