The Heart of the Home – Part 1


Remodeling & Design

The kitchen is the heart of almost any modern American home – and by “modern,” I mean built since the dawn of the 20th century. Even in those houses where it is tucked off to the side, out of the way and seemingly disconnected from the intended living spaces, the kitchen is where folks tend […]

February 1, 2015

Change on the Inside


Remodeling & Design

Sometimes, the process of change is not pretty. Clearing out the ugly can create more ugly. There were many things that needed changing inside the mid-century ranch. Some were, like the house as a whole, just weary from long service. Others, however, were downright ugly.

January 27, 2015

All Hands on Deck


Remodeling & Design

Decks are places for sitting on warm summer evenings, contemplating the mysteries of the universe. Decks are places to gather with friends, to exercise your culinary imagination on the grill, to feel fresh breezes wafting over your skin. Decks connect you to nature, yet keep you out of the dirt. Like I said, I love […]

January 23, 2015

The Hole in the Ground


Remodeling & Design

I confess to being ambivalent – in the true sense of the word; I feel strongly two ways – about swimming pools. On the one hand, nothing enhances a back yard space more elegantly than a well-appointed pool. Add a water feature – a fountain or a waterfall, for instance – and you can have […]

January 20, 2015