The Outdoor Kitchen Evolves – 5 tips for creating the ultimate in al fresco dining.

The Outdoor Kitchen Evolves – 5 tips for creating the ultimate in al fresco dining.

Outdoor cooking is as American as baseball and apple pie.  But a lot has changed since the humble fires of the cowboy and hot coals in the Weber grill.  Today’s outdoor chef is looking to create the ultimate al fresco dining experience.  Here are five tips on how to help you bring your outdoor vision to life.  Tip 1:  Have an understanding of how you want to use your outdoor kitchen for preparing meals. Do you want your outdoor kitchen to...

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Saving Money on your Home Addition

Saving Money on your Home Addition

A BIG NAME TILE COMPANY, with gorgeous showrooms and full-page ads in architectural Digest had a tile my client loved for her Morroccan inspired home addition.  The tile captured the essence of the Moorish architecture with colors and shapes used elsewhere in the home’s addition.  We could see why she loved it. The sticking point was the sticker price:  The cost for this tile was  over $20.00 a piece for a 4×4 tile.  More than 4...

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Client’s Green Home Featured on Home Design Blog

Client’s Green Home Featured on Home Design Blog

One of the greatest rewards for doing what we do is when a client’s vision comes to life in a way that inspires others.  Such was the case for our clients Heather Morrison and Neil Navin, Heather and Neil approached us to look at a major addition they had designed by architect John Trautmann. The design was inspired by their love of Moroccan architecture and their passion for environmentally conscious living.  The resulting space is no...

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The New Rules of Remodeling

The New Rules of Remodeling

Text By M.P. MCQUEEN of the Wall Street Journal Online A Client’s Recent Outdoor Remodel – Design-Build Partner: Mitch Kalamian, Solena Landscape You may have noticed the lines at home-improvement stores getting longer or heard the whirring of buzz saws in your neighborhood. After years of economic recession and housing-market malaise, people are starting to fix up their homes again. According to an April 15 report from the Joint...

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