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It costs money to renovate

You need money to renovate – that’s called simple math. But how much money do you actually need? How much should you be investing in your home? How does one go about finding WHAT it’s actually going to cost? My blog contains affiliate links. Any purchases, that are at no additional charge to you, are

Kitchen cabinet hardware: 5 things to consider for your kitchen

When it comes to designing kitchens, the majority of the focus typically revolves around the function. But once the function has been all planned out, then it’s time to turn that function into a pretty functional space. When it comes to kitchen cabinet hardware, there are 5 key areas that I help my clients with.

The Ultimate Lighting Guide for a kitchen: 3 areas to consider

I am working on so many kitchen designs, I’ve got my head-space all around kitchens! When it comes to designing a kitchen, I also plan out lighting. Since I design many kitchens, I thought this would be a good topic to cover. My blog contains affiliate links. Any purchases, that are at no additional charge

Exactly how many decisions need to be made in a powder room?

This past week, I’ve been designing a powder room for an upcoming refresh project for my clients. Powder rooms are typically a half-bath meaning they have vanity and a toilet. So really, there’s nothing special about them and they’re typically not a huge space. I was once told by a good friend and colleague of

3 Ways to hide duct work: what are your options?

Oh…hiding duct work is not always an easy task! In doing some research for this blog, I wanted to first clarify what I mean by ductwork vs a soffit. A soffit is area between the top of the wall cabinets and the ceiling (and can also be known as a bulkhead). A bulkhead, in my renovation world, means we

Exterior Renovation: A James Hardie Winning Combination

I’m not sure how many of you know this, but I work with SIS Exterior Renovations to help their clients with exterior renovation selections. Last week I received a call from Alanna Foster, one of their consultants I work with. She had the BEST.NEWS.EVER. Exterior Renovation Before I get to the best news ever, you

Designing a Kitchen: How do I ensure function first?

When I work with clients to start designing a kitchen for them, there are many questions that are asked to get to know more about their existing space. What I typically like to do is a walkthrough through the entire main floor or the level where the kitchen is located. Sometimes, we will also tour

Pendant Lights over a kitchen island: How do I do it?

This past week, I worked in two different projects. While both projects are very different, they share a common theme: pendant lights over a kitchen island. What I typically suggest When I manage renovations, I like to have everything all sourced out, purchased, and onsite for the particular trade. That includes pendant lights over a