Category: Design & Color Ideas

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.

Divide to Enlarge

Divide to Enlarge

Techniques for making your yard look larger without adding space.

Back-To School Storage for a Side Hall Colonial

Back-To School Storage for a Side Hall Colonial

Back to school brings the clutter of back-packs, jackets, and more — often to our front foyers. Here’s one solution the we developed for a 1940’s small side-hall colonial. Maybe it will also work in your house.

Gardening’s Final Frontier: the “Hellstrip”

Gardening’s Final Frontier: the “Hellstrip”

Those vexing plots between street and sidewalk – known by some as “hellstrips” — are getting a makeover. Garden-savvy homeowners are seeing unique opportunity in these often ignored plots, potentially contributing to visitors’ first impressions and “curb appeal.”

The Front Porch – An Extension of Your Living Room

The Front Porch – An Extension of Your Living Room

A good front porch is an extension of your home where you can visit with neighbors, entertain or just watch the world go by.