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  • Farmhouse Renovations (Updated)

Farmhouse Renovations (Updated)

Most American homes built in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries were farmhouses.  We were predominantly an agrarian society living on family farms.  Today’s suburbs were once pastures.  Quite a few modern subdivisions include an […]

  • 5 New Years Resolutions for Your Home

5 New Years Resolutions for Your Home

1.  Organize your hall.  It doesn’t take much to turn chaos into calm.  By adding a bench which doubles as shoe storage, some hooks, and cabinets, you can transform an entry into a mud […]

  • My Favorite Backyard Chronicles

My Favorite Backyard Chronicles

If you have followed my blog about architecture for a while, you have also been introduced to my family’s micro farm.  Our children are in 4H, and they raise and show sheep.  We also have […]

  • How Much? (2016)

How Much? (2016)

We are frequently asked the cost of building a project. Universally the answer is: It depends what you build. Following is a list of some of the elements that go into homes in our […]

  • 8 Ways to Finish a Wall

8 Ways to Finish a Wall

There are an infinite number of ways to finish the walls of a home.  Choices can run the gambit from a variety of colors, textures, and fabrics, to exotic materials of every sort.  Most homes […]

  • 10 Wood Burning Fireplaces (Updated)

10 Wood Burning Fireplaces (Updated)

Every autumn as leaves and temperatures fall, I anticipate the first fire in the fireplace. I continue to build fires well through the cool spring nights. Each new fire is a personal test of […]

  • 5 Virtual Reality Projects

5 Virtual Reality Projects

The world of computer graphics has changed completely since I started my architectural practice.  We now regularly use computer imaging to make quick sketches of proposed design ideas and use renderings of projects to […]

  • Backyard Chronicles

Backyard Chronicles

It has been a great summer, but all good things come to an end.  Fall is here, the garden is going to seed, fortunately a few hardy plants are holding on and providing vegetables for our […]

  • 9 Kitchen Conveniences We Love

9 Kitchen Conveniences We Love

Over the years I have seen kitchen gadgets come and go and I think I must have bought half of the ones that went.  There are a few which have been real assets to both the […]