SoMoToHo Coffee Bar – a New Look


Remodeling & Design

The pic below is of a sidewalk coffee stand in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul, on the Asian side. They take their coffee very seriously there and boy, do they like it strong – the story goes that your espresso isn’t strong enough unless it can support a standing bull. Debra and I aren’t quite […]

May 28, 2016

It's the Little Things


Remodeling & Design

Transforming a house involves lots of big things – changes that immediately shift one’s perception of the entire space. Exterior paint. Windows. Those kinds of things. But it’s the smaller things that add the flavor. Some, you might not even notice unless they were pointed out. The cap of moss and lichen stains on the […]

May 10, 2015

The Heart of the Home – Part 2


Remodeling & Design

The kitchen is where you live. Change the kitchen and you change the entire feel – the entire living experience – of the home. Here is another view of the skeleton of our mid-century ranch kitchen reconfiguration and remodel: The window/pass-through to the family room has been expanded, the cabinets on the left side of […]

February 4, 2015

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