On the Drawing Board

  • View From the Porch (Revisited)

View From the Porch (Revisited)

There are few things I enjoy more than relaxing on my own porch after work.  I sit down and before I know it,  the kids have joined me and are swinging on the porch […]

  • 4 Ways to Hide the Laundry

4 Ways to Hide the Laundry

We all have to get our laundry done somehow.  In an existing home, there may not be room for a laundry room, or additional washers and dryers may be needed to handle the volume […]

  • 6 Ways to Cut Construction Costs (Updated)

6 Ways to Cut Construction Costs (Updated)

When designing a home or addition, part of the fun for the owner is imagining the project finished without any compromises. When bids come in from the contractors, many home owners are eager to […]

  • 8 Window Seats

8 Window Seats

I love window seats.  They are the perfect place to store things, sit and tie your shoe, or relax and read a book.  Sometimes we build them in a kitchen and call them breakfast […]

  • 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 […]