On the Drawing Board

  • Sun Room (Revisited)

Sun Room (Revisited)

The best time to enjoy a sunroom can be the middle of winter.  While we always think of sitting in a sun room looking out over a lush garden, the time when we need […]

  • Winter Lambs

Winter Lambs

I had a wonderful experience this morning!  Our only pregnant sheep had a ram and a ewe lamb.  Even though we have had sheep for many years, this was my first time seeing the actual birth. […]

  • Dinner and Entertaining on 13 Porches

Dinner and Entertaining on 13 Porches

I’ve been dreaming of spring lately, and nothing heralds the arrival of spring like dinner on the porch.   At our home, as soon as it is warm enough, the porch becomes the center of outdoor entertaining.  […]

  • Where to Put the TV (Updated)

Where to Put the TV (Updated)

We Americans have a love/hate relationship with our televisions.  I try to limit my children’s time in front of the screen, but I myself spent my share of free time in front of the […]

  • Pool Pavilion (Featured Project)

Pool Pavilion (Featured Project)

To break up my focus on shoveling snow and chipping ice out of the animal’s water buckets, I thought I would remind everyone that spring and summer will come again and a nice cool […]

  • 12 Living/Family Rooms

12 Living/Family Rooms

Living rooms are the place we gather with friends and family.  They come in all sizes, shapes and decors, and  are as diverse as families themselves.  In my living room, it is not uncommon […]

  • Backyard Chronicles (January 2015)

Backyard Chronicles (January 2015)

Our children don’t always get along, but our animals can’t seem to get enough of each other.  I will say though, none of the other animals carry on a love affair like Chloe the cat and […]

  • 6 Carriage House-Lofts

6 Carriage House-Lofts

One of the most cost effective places to gain a bonus space is above a garage.  By picking up the roof a few feet when building a garage, you can gain usable space such as guest […]

  • Historic Expansion (Featured Project)

Historic Expansion (Featured Project)

The original house had been added to over time, but at its core was a beautiful old home with wide pine floors and plaster walls. A critical requirement of the project was to preserve […]

  • 3 Butler’s Pantries

3 Butler’s Pantries

Tis’ the season for big meals with plenty of friends and family.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a butler’s pantry to store all the dishes and serving platters, silverware, and glasses. In […]