“Remodel Our Existing Home Or Move To A New Home?”

"Remodel Our Existing Home, or Move To A New Home?"  Remodel?    --OR--      New? "Do we stay and remodel our home, or move to a new home?" This question has come up many times in my career, and I've lived it personally. The answer is difficult, because it depends on...

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Kitchen Remodeling Codes

Function and Safety Are #1! While working with a young couple, a serious issue arose about code compliance. During our first meeting, I was told that the entire extended family enjoys working in the kitchen together. As a designer, I immediately consider what this...

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A Bright New Kitchen For Grandparents

Homeowners, who are grandparents, love to entertain their family and friends. They especially love to take care of their grandchildren. Although the kitchen had an upscale remodeling by previous owners, many things about the kitchen didn't fit my clients' needs. Main...

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Remodeling A 1970s Home For Special Needs

A family of six lived in a 1970s home that needed major remodeling, Here are the challenges and solutions that would transform the home totally: Challenges and Solutions #1: The youngest son has muscular dystrophy and cannot get to the large basement playroom without...

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Whole-House Remodeling Project

My clients were a couple who bought a new home in the location they wanted. They knew the whole house needed remodeling. Their blended family includes six adult children. They wanted to achieve a large addition for a dining room and to enlarge the kitchen, and...

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Remodeled Home For A Single Man

My client, a retired California contractor, bought this 1970s rental home at the base of Mt. Hood because he loves outdoor activities with his two dogs. His #1 priority was to make the home brighter and more cheerful, while updating everything. What follows is a...

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Accessory Dwelling Unit For Parents

Sisters who live in Dundee, Oregon contacted me because I'm a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, although they didn't know what I could do for them before our first meeting. I learned that one of the sisters was willing to dedicate a portion of her home’s property...

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Thanksgiving Prayer and Blessings

Thanksgiving week, 1974.   It was the Monday before Thanksgiving. I had made the choice to move from Portland to San Francisco right after Labor Day, to start a new chapter of my life. It didn't take long to become acquainted with people at work, at my new...

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