Remodeling

I get a  fair amount of questions in regards to remodeling vs. new construction. Heres the text from a recent reply...

 

 

The way I generally proceed is to get as much client info ahead of time  as possible.

You mentioned you were not sure if you wanted to start new or remodel. If walkability is important- have you identified neighborhoods where you might want to be? Possible lot costs?  Building new is generally more expensive that working with what you have, and from a sustainability standpoint working with existing has a lot going for it. depending on the age of the home, upgrading generally includes adding insulation on walls and maybe ceiling cavities, upgrading mechanical equipment, maybe replacing windows, those sorts of things. Some items (like upgraded mech. equipment) have a quicker ROI than other items, such as windows, from an energy bills standpoint. But upgrading windows can improve the overall perceived comfort of a home if the existing windows are drafty...

 

Most importantly I like to know what it is that you like. One way I found to do this is to send potential clients to both Houzz and Pintarest and have them set up "like' books or what ever they call them with images of things that appeal to you. Very helpful in establishing someones tastes.

 

Its good to know what it is that you are trying to do with your home. Do you like to entertain? Cook? is a nice master bedroom important? Master bath? Outdoor space. whats an ideal sized home for you?

 

Lets start chatting by email about these sorts of things first...

Cool Small Home

If you looked around my site at all- you probably noticed I am partial to smaller homes. there's lots of reasons for that- some of which have gotten me accused of being a proponent of "social engineering"... so, we will leave it at that, for now.

This is something I found on Houzz- that I think fits the current mood for smaller living spaces. Not a "tiny Home" by any stretch- but well designed and functionally interesting none the less.

Designed by Henry Hill and recently renovated, its worth a look.

MID CENTURY MODERN INSPIRATION

Here's a great write up of a restoration of a Rudolph Shindler home in L.A. Its amazing how timeless this style of architecture is, at least to me. I was chatting with a friend the other night- during one of the numerous periods of boredom that is the Super (stupor) Bowl, about why I seem to favor that style of design. I think it goes back to growing up in the only mid century modern home in a sea of split level ranch homes in Marin County. The neighbors hated the place because it was so different- but I loved it, and it helped inform my archtiectural taste to this day. Coupled with the fact that one of my best friends growing up lived in an Eichler home nearby. That seemed to leave a mark on him, too- and currently he is lucky enough to own a restored Frank Lloyd Wright home in Iowa...