Shutters once had a real function. They were a security measure, a way to close up houses safely at night or when the occupants were away. But they serve no purpose on a modern house. Please don't glue fake shutters to your siding!!!
I'm speaking at the MREA Energy Fair, Friday May 15th at 2:30 and 5:30 to spread the good word on green design and remodeling. Here's what I plan to say!
Today, a breakdown of the Midcentury Modern style - both at NASA and at home - in one of my favorite recent movies: Hidden Figures.
The definition of a true MCM kitchen is not the laminate counter tops and pastel appliances. You can recognize a classic ranch kitchen by its layout and by the driving philosophy behind it.
A little insight into my ranch's inception. It, along with some 300 other local homes, was built in 1952 by a local contractor. Today, I find out a little more.
You can remodel your home and substantially increase your living area without adding on a single square foot! Staying within your existing footprint is easier, cheaper and more sustainable.
Today I consider the similarities and differences between two closely related building types, the Chicago Bungalow and the Midwestern Ranch. What can one teach about the other?
Remodeling is your opportunity to improve all kinds of layout flaws - tight corners, inadequate kitchen storage, not enough privacy for bedrooms - AND improve your relationship with the sun.
This addition scheme adds a mid-story den behind the garage creating a split level. Here are the pros and cons this scheme for a recent project
This addition scheme pushes new masses out to the back and side. Here are the pros and cons this scheme for a recent project