MANAGING CONSTRUCTION: DESIGN
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It may seem like an exercise, but mocking up your cabinetry or furniture building project can save you a lot of waste...
Believe it or not, you can boil down the nature of the remodeling you are planning to the simplest of terms.
Take into account these 12 questions and considerations before seeking professional help.
Thinking about remodeling? Pretend you're meeting your home for the very first time.
While all designers should have each of these skills in some measure, not all designers are alike.
As you confront tough choices, consider a couple of rules of thumb I've formulated over the years to help me to frame difficult decisions.
Checklists are guides for remodeling, adding on, or moving
Often, developing renovation ideas doesn't begin with a call to a contractor or architect.
Even if your proposed renovation concerns only interior spaces—a thorough examination of the exterior is still essential.
A common philosophy behind the most appealing and practical interiors.
Some evening when the house is quiet, shut off all the lights.
Use our simple tips to help you draw out your project.
Whether you want to add new space, improve existing space, or simply put unused space to use, it's helpful to define the task and to put what you want on paper.
Before you seek professional interior design assistance, consider these basic issues.
Notes on what is allowed and tasteful as an addition.
In the simplest possible terms, the best remodeling results from a carefully calculated mix of good old work and appropriate new work.
When it comes to architectural renderings, make a few preliminary sketches yourself and leave the finished drawings to the professionals.
Note these differences between architects and designers.
Here are tips on how to find and hire the right architect or designer for you.
Follow these guidelines when reviewing designers' preliminary sketches and plans.
A fresh perspective is important to reveal good features and bad on your property.
A fresh look at your plot may reveal surprises.
Before you knock down walls and make the switch to an open floor plan, here are a few things to take into consideration.
Bob goes over plans for the second floor with architect Gregory Rochlin and then joins carpenter Bob Ryley for meticulous demolition and disassembly work.
Work gets started as Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin discuss first-floor plans, demolition begins, and a surprising discovery is made.
Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin tour the interior of Bob's 100-year-old Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA.
Bob meets general contractor Wes Lohr at the Colonial-style affordable home in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
Bob is outside the Manhattan Brownstone to show off the refurbished facade of the building and then goes inside to show us the completed living room of the floor-...
Bob talks with Mike Donaghey (from American Standard) to learn more about the barn's air conditioning system. Also, Bob and general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski...
Bob tours the exterior of the completed Victorian restoration project house, remarking on the color scheme, breezeway, and artist's studio. Inside the house, Bob ...
Bob visits a Habitat community in Phoenix, Arizona, then heads back to New York, where he meets Jim Kilorian, President of Habitat for Humanity in Westchester Cou...
Bob reviews the frame of the home and the interior layout.
The developers, Neal and Ron Gold, review how they've begun converting this old fur storage building into a residential loft complex.
The architect and interior designer of the loft conversion project have modeled some intriguing ideas for Bob.
Bob tours the restored façade, and the updated common areas, of the building.
Bob meets with Arnold Johnson and George Chin (from Crosswinds Enterprises) to find out about the type of construction that will be implemented in building the ac...
Bob tours the Roxbury project with its architect, Fernando Domenech, who explains the difference between adaptability and accessibility, when it comes to designi...
Carpenter Bob Ryley works on the mahogany deck, while new kitchen appliances are installed and the lighting and cabinets undergo examination.
Bob takes a last look at the restored porch, its second-floor balustrade, polished-brass door fixtures, and the newly planted rose garden and boxwood bushes.
In Kendall, a suburb of Miami, Bob meets Teresa Lopez, the owner of a cramped 25-year old tract house in need of more living space.
Bob meets Arquitectonica's Laurinda Spear, an architect who has come up with some eye-catching and very tropical ideas for the project.
Bob meets with the architects, Mark and Geoffrey, who visit the project site every two weeks in order to check on progress, and to make sure their plans are being...
Bob is on site to discuss the design of the completed addition with the project architects.
Bob, the architect, and the homeowner discuss plans for the new greenhouse. The exact position of the greenhouse in relation to the existing house is chosen so as...
The architects present their plans for transforming the run-down Malibu beach house into a showcase home of California-Spanish architecture.
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the architectural plans. Features such as loft storage are discussed, in addition to the project's post-and-beam construction.
Contractor Bob Ryles demonstrates how to install tin ceiling sheaths, a Victorian touch for the Martha's Vineyard project house.
The architect begins the design for the remodel using Autocad software. Computers make changing the architects' initial plans fast, easy, and precise.