What Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis, Taught Me About Remodeling

If you’ve ever watched Rehab Addict on the DIY Network hosted by Nicole Curtis, you’ll know she’s full of remodeling wisdom. Over the past few years she has made a name for herself by restoring old homes to their former glory. While there is only a small community of homeowners that enjoy fixing up historic homes, the lessons learned from the show can be applied to almost every remodeling project. Whether you are a...

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Video Tour: Inside 3 Unique Shipping Container Homes

While I was in architecture school, shipping container homes were all the rage. If you weren’t using shipping containers in your design projects you were, well, lame. Today shipping containers are still a hot topic, even outside of nerdy architecture circles. While these style homes are now mainstream, my architect friends still get a little too excited when they see a new one online. Hence why I call shipping container homes,...

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7 Popular Bedroom Paint Color Ideas

As an architectural consultant, I’ve helped homeowners design and build their dream homes, but lately something strange has been happening. Suddenly, my articles on exterior paint colors and kitchen cabinet colors have become extremely popular. In fact, my inbox gets filled with color related questions faster than I can respond. So, today it’s time to venture into another area of the home. Follow along as I walk you...

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The Complete Log Cabin Kit Buyer’s Guide

When I was growing up, it was my parents dream to live in a log home they built themselves. They wanted a big piece of property with a great view to call home. Years later, they found their dream home on a small lot in a normal suburban neighborhood. Funny how dreams change. The good news is that, you don’t have to suffer this same fate. Today, it’s easier to design and build a log home than it was 10 or 20 years ago. In...

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Review of Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations

Over the last year I’ve helped hundreds of homeowners transform their kitchens with my painting kitchen cabinets guide. The results have been incredible. However, countless others have been discouraged to start this ambitious project after I tell them the amount of prep work required to get great results. As I always say, if you want professional looking cabinets, you need to prepare like a pro. The tried and true way to paint...

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How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Basement?

One of my friends just finished remodeling her basement. When I went to her house to see how it turned out, I was blown away at how great it looked. She did it all on her own, and didn’t even hire a general contractor. I could tell how proud she was of her hard work, but when I asked her how much is cost, she was embarrassed to tell me. Just like other homeowners I’ve met and worked with, finishing a basement is a much...

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What’s the Best Paint Sprayer?

Want paint sprayer reviews from real construction experts? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve collected reviews on the best paint sprayers so you can get all the information you need to make a quick decision. No more sorting through hundreds of Amazon reviews and random blog posts. Your painting journey ends here. As an Architectural Consultant I help my clients design and build their dream homes. Sometimes that means...

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How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

Your mortgage company, real estate agent or friends may have recommendations for the best home inspector in your neighborhood. Usually these referrals are spot on. However, before hiring the first inspector you call, there are a few things to keep in mind. We go into more detail about each below and reveal the average home inspection cost. What to look for when hiring a home inspector: Relevant Professional Background Professional...

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My Favorite Kitchen Islands with Seating

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a crowded kitchen during a dinner party? Me too. The kitchen is like a magnet for lingering people and the hub for most social activities in our homes. How can you make the most of this space and accommodate your guests at the same time? Maybe it’s time to look at a few kitchen islands with seating. Before you throw a few bar stools into your kitchen, there are a few design features you need to be...

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Before Painting Kitchen Cabinets White Read This

Painting your kitchen cabinets white is an easy way to transform your kitchen without spending a fortune. But, before you start painting your cabinets there are a few things you need to know. The painting process can be easy and fun if you have the right tools. If you’ve tried finding painting advice online you’ll know how difficult it is find the answers you’re looking for. When you want to learn how to paint kitchen cabinets who...

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