I think it’s his……top 4 neighboring property issues

Hmm, I think it’s his… Issues that pertain to property and property-improvements are big hot-buttons between neighbors for obvious reasons: the related costs and inconvenience to resolve can be significant…and the emotional toll can be very stressful.  The most common issues pertain to fences, trees, easements, and drainage. “By the way” my client casually mentioned […]

WTF Property hassles

Property seems so simple- a piece of land, maybe there’s a building on it, ok- perhaps a house.   Nobody want the property hassles. Though this author is an architect, not an attorney, we are sometimes the first point of contact in what can be a convoluted, crazy process…way before we have a chance to design […]

Do you need a bigger home?

Maybe.  But often the answer is no. With 2600 sf cited as the average new house size, chances are a few tweaks means you may not need to move or do an addition. http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/04/real_estate/american-home-size/ So my advice to many clients is to use what you already have more efficiently.  So, how do you do that? […]

Where to scrimp – where to spend

Here’s a quick discussion of the primary factors that influence design/construction spending, value and return-on-investment (ROI). Clearly the location of your home or business trumps all other factors: simply because it is the most difficult to change and affects so much else.  Don’t scrimp here. You are also protecting your investment because the better neighborhood or region has many […]

Reasonable Appliances Anyone?

From Consumer Reports  (best Buys): Best single  30″ gas oven Fridgidaire Gallery FGGF3032MW, cost $700 30″ smoothtop induction cooktop, Whirlpool GCI3061 xb, $1200 30″ Refrigerator (top freezer) Haier HT18TS77SP, $600 24″ Dishwasher Bosch ascenta SHX3AR7(5) UC $700 OK, you will have to subscribe to Consumer Reports to get their full low down, and it does […]