Architect Consulting Services

Need Help with Your House Design?

Even with all the information on my website and the guidance in my book, Designing Your Perfect House, you might want to get more direct help with your house design. We’re here for you. We can help you a little or a lot, depending on your particular needs and desires. We’re not just a website. We are…
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Right Window Shade Settings

The Right Window Shade Equals Lower Energy Costs

If I asked you to list five ways to save energy in your house, I’ll bet that window shades would never be on your list. Make it a list of twenty energy-saving tactics and they still wouldn’t make the list. We tend to think of window shades as only providing privacy and decor. But the right shade…
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Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen Countertops Can Make a Kitchen Beautiful

There are many types of kitchen countertops to choose from. It’s not always easy to decide what’s best for you. The high-end market practically demands granite or solid surface tops. But your budget and personal preference may make plastic laminate a better choice. Maybe a solid surface or even wood might suit your kitchen. To…
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Home Design Color Swatches

Choosing Paint Colors

Recently I was asked for tips to help homeowners navigate the ocean of paint swatches at the home improvement store. Selecting colors can be a daunting task. With so many colors to choose from it seems it would be easy to find just the right one. The fact there are millions of colors in the world with very…
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High Ceiling Small Space

Dealing with High Ceilings in Small Spaces

The dreaded “elevator shaft” effect. That’s what you can end up with in small rooms with high ceilings.  In high-end houses, ten-foot high ceilings, and above, have gotten to be standard. High ceilings make rooms feel larger and more spacious. But in small rooms, such as a powder room, a room that might only be…
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Building Permit Requirement

Do I Need a Building Permit?

If you are planning a home improvement project such as finishing your basement or rearranging your bathroom or kitchen, you might be wondering if you need a building permit. The jargon in the construction world is to “pull a permit.” I’m not sure where you pull it from, but that’s a discussion for another blog…
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