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A Step-by-Step Guide to a Home Office via Houzz.
Build a workstation that increases your productivity and complements your house.
When you start working from your home, it is not just the family who has to make adjustments, even your house has to go through changes to accommodate you and your work. Here is a guide to creating an enticing working space from scratch – in a way that doesn’t disturb the home equilibrium too much. Read more here.
30 Spaces with Raw & Reclaimed Wood Finishes via Dering Hall
Whether it's a one-of-a-kind dining table, an antique barn door, or even a ceiling, a piece made of raw or reclaimed wood can add a major touch of natural charm to a design. See 30 of our favorite reclaimed elements in living rooms, dining areas, bedrooms, and more.
Remodeling Your Kitchen in Stages: Detailing the Work and Costs
Finish Work as seen in our Lincoln Park Limestone
This category includes everything necessary to complete your kitchen remodel. It includes finish carpentry such as baseboards, casings and crown molding. It can include installation of cabinet hardware and door hardware, and it might even include installation of the cabinets themselves if not included under the cabinet scope. It can include installation of appliances, drywall repairs, painting (which might be a bid item from a painter or a simple DIY item) and final cleanup.
It was the perfect Fall day to load the BBA family into the party
bus and tour some of our North Shore projects. From new construction to
beautiful renovations, we enjoyed a range of styles, including a stunning
Cotswold Manor Gate House, a Modern Country Cottage and a Classic Glencoe
Georgian. We viewed “before” photos and plans on the iPad during a briefing
from each architect on the way to each project. Not only did we learn something
about architecture, we also got a chance to bond as a team. It’s always nice to
get out of the office and see the fruits of our collective labor.
The revamp of this Lincoln Park West condo is coming along nicely. Here is a before image of the 1980s bath renovation and an In-progress pic of the current renovation of the Master Bath. There will be a glass partition at the far opening to enclose the W.C. The shower is to the right, linen cabinet to the left and a vanity at each side of the main part of the bath; just behind where this picture was taken. It's amazing what a little vision can do.
Top 10 Plants for Minimalist Gardens
Less is more in the minimalist garden with plants playing the part of living sculpture via Houzz.
Birch trees as seen in our Modern Pied-a-terre
It’s all about drama in the minimalist garden and the elegant trunks of birch trees (Betula) are right on the money. There are about 60 species in this genus of deciduous trees and shrubs, several with distinctive silvery white trunks like these. Plant in groups of three or more for maximum impact with a low ground cover such as ajuga or ‘bugle flower’ below, so that the eye is drawn to the trunks of the trees. Birches are frost-tolerant and not fussy about soil, but need watering during dry weather when young.
Why You Should Give Hydrangeas a Place in Your Yard
See our beautiful and welcoming English Manor in this HOUZZ feature on Hydrangeas!
A few pots of blooming hydrangeas on the front porch is a lovely thing to come home to. Plus, the vibrant color and large flower heads are easy to spot, giving your home’s curb appeal a boost. Read the rest here.
We are starting to wrap up Phase 1 of a North Shore renovation. Demo has started for Phase 2. The owners are living through the chaos with their 2 dogs and 6 kids. This used to be the dining room and part of the old kitchen; now it’s a kitchen big enough for the family of 8 (and 2 dogs).
In Phase 2, the old kitchen is being turned into a breakfast room and an office for her. The existing powder room and laundry are getting a face lift. The mudroom and rear entry were reconfigured to allow more storage. A wet bar, outdoor grill area is being added. The old office is being turned into the new dining room and the old sitting room is being turned into the new office for him.
The project was phased so the old kitchen could stay in place while the new kitchen was being constructed, so the owners are never without a usable kitchen and can live in the house during construction. The old kitchen has now been demo’d since the new kitchen is usable. Our clients desired a more open, modern floor plan in a traditional colonial style house.