May 27 2014
, , This 1960's kitchen was typical--closed off from the rest of the home with a table in the middle for day to day dining. To improve the space and maximize function, I suggested removing the wall between the kitchen and the family room. With this, I also recommended that the door to the garage be relocated to allow for a longer, uninterrupted counter in the kitchen and to discourage traffic from passing through the work area. A long center island allows for casual dining, visiting with the cook and for plenty of additional storage.
Mar 05 2014
, , , , Kitchens are, by far, the most important room in the house, if the questions I receive are any indication. And, it makes sense that they are, given the lifestyles many of us have today. As the heart of the home, the kitchen provides a place for storing food and preparing meals and, today, it also serves as a place for the family to gather while catching up after a day at work, school, or play.
Sep 27 2013
, Home Offices The ideal home office is located in a place that allows tele-commuters or small business owners to work without distraction. Insulated walls of the home office will minimize sounds such as ringing phones from disturbing the family and allow for confidential conversations to remain as such. A place for keeping sensitive information and other documents neatly and securely filed is also an important consideration.
Sep 05 2013
, , Dogs can be a wonderful addition to the family. One way to help minimize the maintenance dogs require is to add a dog shower in a convenient location near where the dog usually enters the home. Consider adding one in your mud-room, laundry room or back hall. For larger dogs, I recommend setting the shower into the floor. This will allow your dog to easily enter and exit the shower area at all stages of his or her life. If you have a small dog, which is light enough to easily lift, an elevated shower floor may be the best.
Aug 08 2013
A New Handicapped Accessible Bathroom was created by renovating an existing bedroom within this 1960’s vintage range house. The project involved widening the door way and eliminating a right angle turn by enlarging an existing bedroom located at the end of a narrow hallway. This required the elimination of a load-bearing wall. Additionally a closet was removed to allow for direct access into the new bathroom from the existing bedroom. The new bathroom was designed to accommodate a person who uses a wheelchair.