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    Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – Remodeling

    As a residential drafter and designer, I make it a priority to share with my clients the importance of being conscious of the three R’s.  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  When going into a project, whether it is an addition, a remodel or a brand-new build, I’m always thinking throughout the process – how I can not only keep the carbon footprint to a minimum, but also how to be resourceful with the new and how to make suggestions for being responsible with the used.    For those of you who have decided to remodel, keep in mind if you’re doing a kitchen gut, what seems to be outdated or not particularly…

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    Jenny’s House

      I moved into my building over a year ago, and I am right in the heart of the city.  I love Uptown and all of the old buildings and homes.  Our city is exploding and has been for several years so we need to make room for the influx of people moving in.  Unfortunately, this means a lot of buildings and homes have been torn down to make room for high-rise apartments and condominiums.  My building is no exception.  There were several homes on the property that had to be torn down to make room.  But one home made the cut.  It sits on the street corner with my…

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    Creating Multi-Generational Spaces

    Happy Friday!! With today’s home changing and we are now looking at taking care of our parents, where do we find the space?  There are so many things to think about.  Do you have the space available?  Where can you make room that does not have your parents navigating stairs?  How can you make this transition work for all family members. I recently had a couple contact me with that same question.  Their mom was living with them and they gave up the master for her, since it was on the first floor.  They are now on the 2nd floor in one of the bedrooms which shares a bathroom with…

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    The Three R’s!

    The Three R’s – Remodeling, Renovating, and Re-purposing.  With all the house flipping and lack of available homes, many people are turning to renovation.  It is important to see that what we once loved can be made great again with a little remodeling, renovating, or re-purposing.  Below is an old mill house that I have redesigned.  The space did not work for the owner but the look of the mill house and the neighborhood did.  He had an idea of what he wanted and we sat down to update the space to fit his needs. One thing he knew he definitely wanted was to keep the two corner fireplaces in the…