A: The following are my Top 10 Cost Control Strategies Start with a reasonable budget. If you a trying to do too much with too little, either quality or your budget will be compromised. Identify what is most important to you. Know what is not. This way if you need to cut back somewhere to meet the budget you know your priorities. Get a contractor involved early during the design process. No one [read more]
This is the first in a series of articles about the remodel of my own home, a Mid-Century Modern in Seattle. As an architect I advise clients on how to stay sane during the construction process; unfortunately, I did not always follow my own advice. I did learn a lot about the unique issues and opportunities this style of house presents. Curbed, the real estate blog, described the 1954 house in West [read more]
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A: Let’s face it, most trend spotting is just smoke-and-mirrors: “gold” faucets, wallpaper and the color Marsala are all predicted to be hot in 2015. That’s fine if you want to update a powder room (but please skip the gold faucets). For those that have serious remodeling in mind, or want to build a new house, there is a fact-based resource for making decisions that will increase the resale value of your [read more]
A: My favorite color is white. Benjamin Moore’s Super White 02, to be exact, in washable matte. White can be difficult. It can skew too yellow, pink or grey. The wrong white can look drab, dreary and dirty. Super White is perfectly balanced and works great for new modern houses as well as renovated older homes. It can tie together an interior and let art, books and people be the focal point [read more]