Renovations

It has been a full four weeks since my last update on the progress on our home. After many tedious punch list items, we are fully complete inside, and have moved back in. Home Choice came through! Marvin Windows sent one of their factory technicians to go through the entire house and tweak everything. They

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Progress is moving a little slowly since the last post…..but the work that has been done is amazing!  We have our new tv cabinet in the office 90% installed…..minus about two days worth of electronics installation.  At this point, in my opinion, BIGGER IS BETTER!  Wow!  What a difference 17′ of glossy black cabinetry can

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LOTS of progress over the past week.  The mess seems to have grown today….but that is part of the progress.  Great strides have been made in the former office space.  The random width V-groove ceiling is completely installed, and the painting is well under way.  We have crown molding now in the office space, and

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Lots of great progress today! The first “layer” of parquet was pulled up in the den. Evidently, the way this product was produced, there was a thin layer of wood over a plywood base……and this thick layer of black tar that joined the two together. It went down in one piece, but it comes up in two! Tonight, we have the black tar layer exposed, and tomorrow that should be gone.

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You may have read about a house we designed in Key West in the June issue of Traditional Home magazine.  Shortly before the article went to press, the homeowners had the opportunity to purchase the house immediately behind theirs.  This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to combine two properties with such historic significance

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  A derelict cottage on an unassuming lane in the heart of Old Town Key West is the site of a new project.  Construction will start in less than a month converting this home into a beautiful new space in paradise.  The project will combine this house with a recently renovated adjacent house to make

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Storage is always a consideration when designing a home.  We live in an older home where closet space is at a premium.  Recently, we had Closet Solutions in Knoxville makeover our guest room closets with their closet organization system.  It was a quick, easy, and affordable project.  Within a matter of two hours, we had

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted the start of a before and after project, called “The Ultimate Before and After.”  It can be found further down in the Blog.  I have spent the past weeks formulating a plan for what to do with the space, and following is a photograph of the floorplan we

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Rail Cap Detail For the perfect deck railing, you should consider how the deck will be used.  Most decks are used for entertaining, and that involves drinks and food.  Sometimes there is not enough seating space for guests on a deck, so the rail is a great extra spot for guests to sit drinks and

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One of my big credos on design work is never to pre-judge anything.  When someone calls me to do work, I never think before hand about the type of job it will be.  You simply cannot do that.  If you do, you will build something wonderful up in your head only to be disappointed; or

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