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Will an Island Fit in Your Kitchen?

Will an Island Fit in Your Kitchen?

Kitchen islands are one of the most coveted assets our clients request. If an island is top of your kitchen wish-list, read on to find out which size and shape makes sense in your space. Pros: More dedicated prep space. Islands tend not to get…

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Don’t Fall for the Quick Renovation Trap

Don’t Fall for the Quick Renovation Trap

Renovations take a long time. Unless you’re doing minor work such as cosmetic upgrades, most renovation projects take at least a solid month and large ones can take half a year or more. Understandably, long construction periods can be discouraging to would-be renovators. All of…

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Our 4-Step System for Picking Paint Colors

Our 4-Step System for Picking Paint Colors

If you’ve ever had to choose paint colors for your house, you know what a daunting task it can be. There are thousands of colors on those fan books at the store. Not to mention 8 different “paint collections” at Lowe’s. When you pick paint colors…

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Avoid This Common Range Hood Mistake

Avoid This Common Range Hood Mistake

[Originally published as Design Tip #4 in our weekly newsletter] Range hoods with chimneys are very popular in kitchens right now. More and more people consider themselves amateur chefs or “foodies” and they like professional cooking equipment. Ventilation for your stove is sometimes required by…

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The Trick to Searching on Houzz

The Trick to Searching on Houzz

[Originally published as Design Tip #3 in our weekly newsletter] If you’re considering a renovation or construction project and you’ve never heard of Houzz, get your internet-surfing self over there and sign up. It’s the largest collection of home improvement images on the web. It’s…

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Old Home Buyer’s Guide

Old Home Buyer’s Guide

One of the services we offer is walk-throughs for clients who are house shopping. We’ve been through a lot of old houses and have developed this guide to help us evaluate renovation costs and potential.   Print this out and take it with you when…

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How to Tell If a Wall is Load-Bearing

How to Tell If a Wall is Load-Bearing

A common aim with home renovations is to have a more open plan. This is especially true in older homes where original kitchens are completely closed off from adjacent dining and living rooms. So how do you know when it’s safe to remove a wall…

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The Wrong Way to Add a Closet

The Wrong Way to Add a Closet

[Originally published as Design Tip #2 in our weekly newsletter]   What’s the most common complaint from owners of old houses? Not enough closet space. Closets are often #1 on the list of improvements to make. However, there is a right way and a wrong…

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Renovation Financing Part I: HELOCs

Renovation Financing Part I: HELOCs

You’re finally ready to pull the trigger on that home renovation you’ve been dreaming of for years. After crunching the numbers, you realize that it’s going to take more money than you have in your savings account to do the job right. The good news is that…

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Fridges by Walls and Windows: Don’t Make This Mistake

Fridges by Walls and Windows: Don’t Make This Mistake

[Originally published as Design Tip #1 in our weekly newsletter]   Your refrigerator is one of the toughest kitchen elements to plan. It’s huge and requires specific clearances on all sides. If you decide to position your fridge up against a wall or window, you’ll…

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