Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven

Oct 21 2020 25 mins 35

Are you planning a home renovation and worried that you don’t know what you are doing? Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is an educational and entertaining podcast that will ease your fears. Join architect Katharine MacPhail as she interviews contractors, vendors, other architects and homeowners and gathers tips and cautionary tales about home renovations. Learn about materials, what to expect, what to avoid and how to make the most of the money that you will spend on your renovation.





Window restoration
Oct 21 2020 22 mins  
If you have an older home that is still lucky enough to have original windows, please consider restoring the windows before throwing them out and replacing them with modern windows. Why? Listen to this episode and Alison Hardy will explain it to you. This episode's guest: about Alison Hardy of Window Woman of New England : "Window Woman of New England was established in 2003 by Alison Hardy. The idea for the business came about after years of frustration living in old houses with drafty broken windows and dissatisfaction with replacement window options. Call it Yankee thrift, but it just made no sense to throw out windows with lots of charm and character just because they didn’t look their best or were painted stuck. After years of trial and error, lots of reading, lots of questions, and a growing boredom with work in the textile business Ms. Hardy started working on not just her own, but friends windows, and then paying customers. The Window Woman team all bring a variety of skills from their “former lives” and all share a passion for doing quality work. We are constantly learning from each other, and from the wide variety of windows we encounter. Last year we restored over 600 windows and repaired another 700+ windows. Our headquarters is located in Amesbury, MA which is north of Boston. We service the North Shore Boston, Merrimac Valley and Southern New Hampshire areas. We also have had windows delivered to our workshop for restoration. We are very happy to teach homeowners who want to try it themselves and can supply some hard to find materials and advice." Do you need a bit of design help? Check out my new Ask an Architect design help-line for an hour of advice on zoom. (https://my.captivate.fm/www.askanarchitect.live) Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above. Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT (http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT) Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, how to get going with your home renovation zoom classes and a monthly artist chat- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Smart Homes
Oct 07 2020 35 mins  
What is a smart home? Should you consider the role of technology when you are planning a renovation to your home? I think so! You don't even have to wait until you are renovating, join the growing movement today. Jennifer Mallet is the CEO and founder of Level Up Your Home. Learn more about how they can improve your life at https://levelupyourhome.com Do you need a bit of design help? Check out my new Ask an Architect design help-line for an hour of advice on zoom. (https://my.captivate.fm/www.askanarchitect.live) Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above. Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT (http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT) Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, how to get going with your home renovation zoom classes and a monthly artist chat- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])



Tips for an Attic Renovation
Sep 23 2020 15 mins  
Are you looking for more living area in your house? If so, you may be thinking of renovating your attic space. Attics can be tricky due to code requirements for head height and local zoning regulations. This episode will help you think of all the variables that you will need to consider. Do you need a bit of design help? Check out my new Ask an Architect design help-line for an hour of advice on zoom. (https://my.captivate.fm/www.askanarchitect.live) Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above. Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT (http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT) Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, how to get going with your home renovation zoom classes and a monthly artist chat- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Tips for a basement renovation
Sep 09 2020 19 mins  
Everyone is looking for extra space in their houses these days. Are you thinking of renovating your basement? As you plan your project, here are some tips for a smooth basement project. Do you need a bit of design help? Check out my new Ask an Architect design help-line for an hour of advice on zoom. (https://my.captivate.fm/www.askanarchitect.live) Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above. Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT (http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT) Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, how to get going with your home renovation zoom classes and a monthly artist chat- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])




What a Contractor Wants You to Know #1
Jul 29 2020 30 mins  
If you've never renovated your house before or been involved in a construction process, you probably don't know exactly where to start, who to hire or what to do. In this episode I share a conversation with a contractor about what he wants you to know. Should you expand your home or move? Should you live in your house during construction? Should you phase work if you don't have the cash to cover the whole project now? We covered these topics and more. Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above. Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT (http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT) Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, how to get going with your home renovation zoom classes and a monthly artist chat- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) www.askanarchitect.live is up and running- contact the design help line and gain clarity on your design related problems. Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


What is a Passive House
Jul 15 2020 45 mins  
What is a Passive House? How could you incorporate this concept into a full home renovation? Is it possible to create a house that doesn't rely on outside sources of energy? Kurt Neiswender joined me for a discussion in which we covered the basics and how homeowners could pursue Passive House standards in their home renovation. Kurt can be reached at [email protected] His podcast is Coffee Sketch http://www.coffeesketchpodcast.com Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above. Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT (http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT) Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, how to get going with your home renovation zoom classes and a monthly artist chat- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


In Consideration of Walls
Jul 01 2020 6 mins  
I was copied on an email recently from a client to a contractor referring to me as “Katharine who is-oh-so-fond-of-walls”. Was I supposed to see that? I don’t know. The truth is, I am fond of walls.   Walls form our spaces, create privacy, allow differentiation, block sound. In this particular case I am really failing in my attempt to persuade this young couple that opening up their long living room wall to the long central hall in their new-to-them but classic 1920s house will not create the space they think it will and certainly won’t be worth the money. Open plan is so overrated and misunderstood. I would have thought that after many people spending weeks and weeks in their homes with their families, all on zoom calls and trying to stay out of each other’s way, would finally result in an appreciation in walls, doors, and the need for varied “public” spaces in the home. Unfortunately, carefully curated photographs on Houzz and Pinterest create this illusion that removing the walls in your home will result in an impressive space.  I made a video about my warnings over open space last year, see the link here Don’t get me wrong, I love a kitchen open to living and dining space. I understand that that is the heart of the home. But those big open spaces need to be balanced with public spaces that can be closed away, what Sarah Susankah calls “away spaces” in her book the Not So Big House. Just opening up walls randomly isn’t going to create useful space, especially not combining a living room with a center hall that contains a radiator, coat closet and stair to the second floor.   Here is a link to my rant on YouTube about open spaces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed2Y7ShExbY Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above. Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT (http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT) Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, how to get going with your home renovation zoom classes and a monthly artist chat- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


What you need to know about TILE
Jun 17 2020 27 mins  
Do you look through Houzz and Pinterest and see so many tiles you love but don't know what would be right for your house? Or how much they really cost? Or where to find the tiles that you see online? This episode will help to unravel the mystery and hopefully inspire you to get creative with tile. Susan Hager of Tangotile.com explains tile. About our guest: Susan Hager is the owner of Tango Tile : "Tango Tile was created to share our love of tile with others and offer an easier and more convenient way to buy tile. Our tile collections are designed, developed and produced by some of the most highly recognized tile artisans in the world. Each and every artisan collection is handcrafted and unique, from colorful modern patterns to exquisitely elegant, traditional pieces. Because we also recognized that not every project has an unlimited budget, we have a wonderful selection of beautiful basics which are stunning on their own or work well with the exclusive artisan collections. Best of all, you never have to leave your chair." www.tangotile.com (www.tangotile.com) Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above. Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT (http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT) Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, how to get going with your home renovation zoom classes and a monthly artist chat- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])





Psychology of Space, part 2
May 06 2020 31 mins  
Kathryn Goldenoak of Spring Green Interior Design continues her advice in this episode on how to fix spaces that aren't working in your house. About this episode's guest: Kathryn Goldenoak is an interior designer, founder of Spring Green Interior Design in Arlington MA: ”Good design should speak to the heart of the occupant. Functionality is not enough; in order to delight the spirit, a space must also resonate with its daily inhabitants on a personal level. My passion is creating homes that celebrate and reflect the unique interests and tastes of each client.” She can be reached at http://www.springgreendesign.com (http://www.springgreendesign.com/). Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above. Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, how to get going with your home renovation zoom classes and a monthly artist chat- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


The Psychology of Space, part 1
Apr 22 2020 29 mins  
Interior designer Kathryn Goldenoak is back, speaking to us about how humans react to spaces and why. How can we take this knowledge and make our homes somewhere that make us feel good? About this episode's guest: Kathryn Goldenoak is an interior designer, founder of Spring Green Interior Design in Arlington MA: ”Good design should speak to the heart of the occupant. Functionality is not enough; in order to delight the spirit, a space must also resonate with its daily inhabitants on a personal level. My passion is creating homes that celebrate and reflect the unique interests and tastes of each client.” She can be reached at http://www.springgreendesign.com (http://www.springgreendesign.com/). Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above. Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, How to get going with your home renovation webinars- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Rethinking home spaces
Apr 08 2020 15 mins  
When it comes to what the future may hold, I have no idea. A friend described this feeling as "standing at the edge of what I know". I feel more comfortable sticking to what I know, which is residential spaces. Personally I am giving some thought to what homes of the future might include.  This is a solo episode, just me sharing some thoughts on- Home offices reimagined Homeschooling spaces Food and dry good storage Enhanced front halls with washing elements Let’s say you’re ready to start documenting your renovation thoughts with a professional. Can you do that now? Is it the right time? Only one way to find out- ask the design professional you were hoping to work with what their plan is for this quarantine. I’m working over zoom as I have been doing since 2018 and it is working well. Help me spread the word!Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Facebook - Talking Home Renovations Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Installing solar panels on your home
Mar 25 2020 38 mins  
Have you thought about getting solar but you don’t know where to start looking for an installer, don’t know what to think of those people who come to your house selling solar panels, don’t know how much it is going to cost or if your house is a good candidate? Should you include solar in your renovation plans? Listen to this episode with Malcolm Littlefield who fills me in on the solar details.  Help me spread the word!Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Write a review!  If you like the show, write a review so others will give it a try. If you don’t like the show- send me an email instead and let me know how I can improve.  Chat with me! Join my new Facebook group- Talking Home Renovations together.   Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) This podcast is produced by my architecture firm dEmios Architects www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/). Check out the website for my virtual offerings and other useful information Email questions and suggestions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) Thanks for listening!


Mold in the home
Mar 11 2020 27 mins  
3rd episode in the three part series on lead, asbestos and mold in the home with Ron Peik of Alpine Environmental (https://www.alpine-environmental.com) Do you have mold issues at your house? Are you ready to address the underlying issues? Listen to this episode about mold with expert Ron Peik and learn what you can do to improve your indoor air quality before and after a renovation. About this week's guest: Ron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a focus on thermodynamics, HCAC systems and indoor air quality. He worked for tow years as a civilian engineer for the US Air Force before getting into the environmental remediation industry in 1988. He founded Alpine Environmental with his father, Ed Peik, in 1991. Ron served as president of the Leand and Environmental Hazards Association (LEHA), a national industry organization, from 2013 to 2016. He is council- certified by the ACAC for Microbial Remediation and a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association. He is also active in several New England area contracting associations, including the Eastern MA chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) where is both a board member and Government Affairs Committee co-chair. Ron has been featured as a lead paint and mold remediation expert on episodes of PBS's "This Old House." His dedication and professionalism have earned him a great deal of respect in the contracting world. Outside of Alpine, Ron has a very active family life, enjoying outdoor activities and traveling with his wife and their five children. Help me spread the word!Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Facebook or Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX) Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/)


Asbestos in the home
Feb 26 2020 18 mins  
2nd episode in a series of episodes on lead, asbestos and mold in the home with Ron Peik of Alpine Environmental (https://www.alpine-environmental.com) About this week's guest: Ron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a focus on thermodynamics, HCAC systems and indoor air quality. He worked for tow years as a civilian engineer for the US Air Force before getting into the environmental remediation industry in 1988. He founded Alpine Environmental with his father, Ed Peik, in 1991. Ron served as president of the Leand and Environmental Hazards Association (LEHA), a national industry organization, from 2013 to 2016. He is council- certified by the ACAC for Microbial Remediation and a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association. He is also active in several New England area contracting associations, including the Eastern MA chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) where is both a board member and Government Affairs Committee co-chair. Ron has been featured as a lead paint and mold remediation expert on episodes of PBS's "This Old House." His dedication and professionalism have earned him a great deal of respect in the contracting world. Outside of Alpine, Ron has a very active family life, enjoying outdoor activities and traveling with his wife and their five children. Help me spread the word!Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Facebook or Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX) Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Lead in the home
Feb 12 2020 29 mins  
Do you have lead in your home? If you will be disturbing any surfaces, you need to find out. Ron Peik of Alpine Environmental talks about what we need to know when it comes to renovating an older home that potentially contains lead paint. About this week's guest: Ron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a focus on thermodynamics, HCAC systems and indoor air quality. He worked for tow years as a civilian engineer for the US Air Force before getting into the environmental remediation industry in 1988. He founded Alpine Environmental with his father, Ed Peik, in 1991. Ron served as president of the Leand and Environmental Hazards Association (LEHA), a national industry organization, from 2013 to 2016. He is council- certified by the ACAC for Microbial Remediation and a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association. He is also active in several New England area contracting associations, including the Eastern MA chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) where is both a board member and Government Affairs Committee co-chair. Ron has been featured as a lead paint and mold remediation expert on episodes of PBS's "This Old House." His dedication and professionalism have earned him a great deal of respect in the contracting world. Outside of Alpine, Ron has a very active family life, enjoying outdoor activities and traveling with his wife and their five children. Help me spread the word!Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Facebook (Talking Home Renovations) or Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX) Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Learning from the mistakes of others #2
Feb 05 2020 21 mins  
Ryan Schwartz shares stories of projects that didn't go well, offering lessons on planning, communicating with your partner, taking the time to plan out elements of the project. About this week's guest: Ryan Schwartz is a licensed practising architect in Canada, specializing in the design and construction of new custom homes. That beautiful project on the episode art is the project he mentions that included a green roof. Check out his website at www.nordhaus.ca Help me spread the word!Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Facebook or Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX) Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])



Roofing
Jan 29 2020 28 mins  
Roofing We all have a roof, but maybe we don’t think too much about it. If you are in a position to install a new roof, you’ve got options.  Episode Recap  What should people consider when they are getting ready to choose a new roof?   Do the roofs all have to be asphalt? Are there any other options?  Why is metal roofing here so expensive but metal roofing is all over the place in rural areas north of us?   Shingles that reflect heat are available and will help with cooling an attic Is it difficult to create a green roof? Learning from the mistakes of others: Roofing over existing shingles Not replacing skylights at the same time.  Using a contractor who doesn’t understand how the roof interacts with the rest of your home components.  www.certainteed.com (www.certainteed.com) About this week's guest: Walter Russell is an owner at Home Sweet Home Builders in Woburn, MA. They are full services general contractors but also specialize in roofing. Reach them at https://www.homesweethomebuildersllc.com or @HSHBLLC on Facebook and Instagram Help me spread the word!Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the facebook community at Talking Home Renovations Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])




Environmentally Friendly Renovations #1
Jan 15 2020 40 mins  
Environmentally friendly renovations discussion with Debbie Bentley Designing your house for the future: Build less Do you really need to build more and increase your footprint? Think about how you use your house now and list everything that you would like to change. Are there areas in your house that are under-used? These days that is often the formal dining room. Can you change how you think about your spaces and alter them to suit your needs? Many clients are looking for extra room as their children grow, but once they fully grow you will no longer have the space issue. Instead of building onto your house, think about temporary creative solutions. If you need more space for occasional guests, is there a nearby hotel or air bob that they could use? Everyone likes a little bit of space during a visit and would cost a lot less in the long run. Will you stay in the house until you are quite old, intending to age in place? You can plan for that now by increasing door widths and hallways- for example. Since you are investing in your house, make sure it is a place you can easily adapt to as you age.  Climate Change  How will the climate in your area change in the years to come? Massachusetts will be getting much more rain and will have more freeze/thaw issues. How do we plan for that? A renown building scientists states that there are 3 issues that affect the longevity of your home, water, water and water. So if your in a climate which is going to have more wet weather, start thinking about how your going to keep the water out of your home. Simple roof design, with minimal junctions, as junctions are what fail in building material. Roof overhangs, bigger gutters, more down spouts, and a plan to keep water away from foundations. At the same time, the water will need to stay on your property and not run over to the neighbor's. In densely populated areas this may mean installing an underground system. It will be easier to implement all of that during your renovation rather than combatting the problems later. d Remember how our grandparents use to live.  ïThe hall vestibule as an airlock between out doors and in.  ïCurtains over the front door, to keep the heat in. ïBooks on the external wall. ïShoes off inside a building… Make sure you have a shoe closet of else you fall over everyone’s shoes. Less dirt in the house=less chemicals=improved indoor air quality Use windows wisely No more than 30 percent of your walls should be windows so pick where they go carefully. Consider restoring or rebuilding your original windows and add storms- you don’t need to replace them with vinyl windows. Maximize your views of nature as that will improve mental health. Recommended reading: Welcome to your world : Sarah Williams Goldhagen  https://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Your-World-Environment-Shapes/dp/0061957801 Lily Bernheimer: The Shaping of Us.  https://www.amazon.com/Shaping-Us-Everyday-Structure-Well-Being/dp/1595348727/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+shaping+of+us&qid=1578417465&s=books&sr=1-1 (https://www.amazon.com/Shaping-Us-Everyday-Structure-Well-Being/dp/1595348727/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+shaping+of+us&qid=1578417465&s=books&sr=1-1) The architecture of happiness: Alain Bottom  https://www.amazon.com/Architecture-Happiness-Alain-Botton/dp/0307277240/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+architecture+of+happiness&qid=1578417523&s=books&sr=1-1 (https://www.amazon.com/Architecture-Happiness-Alain-Botton/dp/0307277240/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+architecture+of+happiness&qid=1578417523&s=books&sr=1-1) Professional Global Network : Salus : https://www.salus.global (https://www.salus.global) What is the future of home design? We are starting to think of the embedded carbon in the materials that we use to create buildings and their impact on global emissions. Taking one example of a common building material, the concrete industry creates 8% of


Bath and Kitchen Fixtures
Jan 01 2020 32 mins  
Episode 8- Kitchen and Bath Fixtures Jason Sevinor, President of Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, discusses what to look for in bath and kitchen fixtures and how to get professional help. Episode Recap Why shop at a showroom rather than on the internet or a big box store? What to look for when choosing fixtures Is there really a $10,000 toilet? What is the difference between that and a $400 toilet? Trends in bath fixtures right now Ideas for an environmentally friendly bathroom How to make your bathroom feel like a spa About this episode’s guest As the third generation owner of Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, Jason Sevinor’s entrepreneurial spirit was inherited from his father, Ralph and grandfather, Bill, whose hard work and dedication grew a small plumbing supplier into the successful specialty kitchen, bath and plumbing supply company it is today. With an emphasis on exceptional customer service, Designer Bath embodies the very best of family-owned business practices and continues to thrive under Jason’s current leadership. Prior to taking over his father Ralph’s title as President in 2008, Jason worked in various roles throughout the company, including showroom and counter sales, operations and warehouse.  He attended the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in marketing, human resource management and psychology. Following graduation and prior to joining the family business, he completed a plumbing supplier management-training program in Maryland. A frequent guest speaker and panelist at design, kitchen/bath and plumbing trade conferences, Jason mentors industry members and advises entrepreneurs on best practices and career development. Outside of the kitchen and bath world, Jason is an avid runner and donates his time and resources to support the communities of Boston’s North Shore, as well as causes close to him and his family, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and the Northshore Medical Center and its annual Cancer Walk. He resides in Beverly with his wife and two young sons. Visit the Designer Bath website at www.designerbath.com Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX) Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Skylights
Dec 18 2019 32 mins  
Episode recap New Velux skylights don’t leak Skylights bring in more daylight than vertical windows Ve= Ventilation, Lux= light, hence the company name VELUX Integrated blinds can be programmed You still need to air out your space even if you have air conditioning Modern skylights have UV blocking glass Learning from mistakes of others- use the right skylight for the right application. A deck mounted skylight is for a pitched roof. A curb mounted skylight is for a flat roof.  Don’t put a brand new roof around an old skylight, they are part of the same roofing system.  Help me spread the word!Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX) Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Windows and Doors
Dec 04 2019 31 mins  
Rick Bertolami, an owner of JB Sash and Door in Massachusetts, explains what you need to know about choosing your windows and doors for your project.  Episode recapThe internet is a good place to start research on window options, but there isn’t a substitute for going to a showroom and seeing and touching the windows in person Types of windows that are available How to narrow down window choices? What are the advantages and disadvantage of triple glazed windows? Are windows really designed to fail after 15 years? What is the difference between insert replacement windows and a tilt pack replacement window?  What to look for in an interior door About this episode’s guest Rick Bertolami is an owner of JB Sash and Door in Chelsea, MA. www.jbsash.com (http://www.jbsash.com).   Learning from the mistakes of othersDon't have the first time you see your new window be when they are installed in your house. Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Flick Chat, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX) Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


How to get what you want
Nov 27 2019 5 mins  
How to get what you want- working with "a guy" In this short episode I answer a listener question about getting what you want from a project. When you don’t work with a licensed contractor, but hire “a guy” that has been recommended to you, how do you communicate the scope and the details of the job?  Answer:  Document what you want no matter who you are working with, be it a contractor or a jack-of-all-trades About this episode’s guest There is no guest this week, it’s just me answering a question. Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Flick Chat, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX) Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Lighting Design
Nov 20 2019 29 mins  
Episode Recap How layers of light work and why they’re helpful Ambient vs. task vs. accent lighting Why our eyes like varied rather than uniform light How we respond to various levels of illumination How different kinds of fixtures shed different shapes of light Recessed vs. flush vs. semi flush vs. sconce vs. lamp Color temperature and how it affects the ambience of a space Color rendering index (CRI) and why it’s way more important than most people know About this episode’s guest Kathryn Goldenoak is an interior designer, founder of Spring Green Interior Design in Arlington MA: ”Good design should speak to the heart of the occupant. Functionality is not enough; in order to delight the spirit, a space must also resonate with its daily inhabitants on a personal level. My passion is creating homes that celebrate and reflect the unique interests and tastes of each client.” She can be reached at http://www.springgreendesign.com (http://www.springgreendesign.com/). Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) Chat with me! Join the community on Flick Chat, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX)



Stress and the value of an architect
Nov 06 2019 19 mins  
Stress and the value of an architect British architect Debbie Bentley explains the emotional aspects of renovations and the value of hiring an architect.  Episode Recap Many people underestimate the full psychological impact of renovating their house Financial issues will be raised What is the value of an architect?  book about designing: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-House-Right-Marianne-Cusato/dp/1402791038 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-House-Right-Marianne-Cusato/dp/1402791038) About this episode’s guest Debbie Bentley is an architect living in Carlisle MA. From her Houzz profile: Transition I Space focuses on designing sustainable buildings that integrate landscape and architecture to create a peaceful relaxing spaces to inhabit. Every project is unique, designed to reflect the land and environment it sits in and the requirements and budget of the client. I have worked on projects that range in size from small meaningful renovations and additions that transform your home, to estate design and palaces for kings, ( in the Middle East). Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Flick Chat, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then search for TalkingHomeRenovations, or click on this link: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX) Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Do you really need a contractor?
Oct 23 2019 30 mins  
Do you really need a contractor?Architect Karl Leabo explains why he believes that hiring a (good) contractor will save you headache, time and money. Episode RecapThe best outcome is when you hire a contractor early on in the design process Contracting your renovation can be a full time job, even a project that seems small. What restaurant would your contractor be? Some projects require a higher end contractor, some do not When calling for references, ask about their subcontractors Living in the house through a renovation Budget and scope creep- the contractor can help with this if he gets on board early. Make sure you’ve got a 5 to 15% construction contingency Bathrooms and kitchens may seem like small projects, but they involve all of the trades and are complicated. Don’t put off the renovation too long, get it done before you decide to sell it so that you can enjoy it. Learning from the mistakes of others Don’t rush into the project, live in the house for a while if you possibly can.  About this episode’s guest Karl Leabo has more than 35 years of experience as a project designer and planner, focusing primarily on the college/university and sports/recreation markets. A key member of CHA's sports practice, his projects have ranged from the master planning and programming of new indoor and outdoor developments to the renovation and expansion of existing facilities at campuses nationwide. His expertise covers virtually every form of sports activity undertaken by the competitive athlete and recreational enthusiast.  Help me spread the word!Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX) Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.RayBernoff.com) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Real Estate and Renovations
Oct 23 2019 29 mins  
Real estate and Renovations Elizabeth Hayes is a realtor at Sotheby’s in Cambridge MA and she helps us understand what to look for if you’re hoping to buy a house that needs a major renovation. She also talks about how much to renovate in order to sell your house.  Episode Recap What to look for if you are hoping to find a fixer-upper When should you not buy a house that needs a renovation? Should you renovate before you sell your house? Sustainable and environmentally friendly features are attractive to buyers Vinyl might not be as desirable as it once was Get your house checked out by a design professional before you buy it to get an idea of what renovations would be possible at the house Learning from the mistakes of others Spiral stairs are a renovation regret Open plan might be a renovation regret About return on investments- https://homeguide.com/costs (https://homeguide.com/costs) About this episode’s guest Elizabeth Hayes has worked in real estate for over a decade. She first represented Boston area homebuyers, sellers and mortgage lenders as an attorney. Since 2006, she has focused exclusively on the sale and marketing of residential properties as a real estate broker. She brings a great deal of professional and personal experience to bear as she helps her clients successfully navigate the home buying and selling process. Elizabeth works hard to merit the trust her clients place in her and she strives to ensure that each transaction is as seamless as possible in this very competitive market. She has a reputation for negotiating with tenacity, tact and good humor, a skill she honed while serving as a Boston Assistant District Attorney for five years. And after having renovated and decorated a number of properties, Elizabeth has a wealth of first-hand knowledge and she loves helping her clients envision how they might bring out the best in the home they are contemplating buying or selling. Elizabeth is a graduate of Indiana University. She also lived in Paris and Strasbourg, France and is fluent in French. She currently resides in Watertown with her husband, Chris, and two terriers. https://www.gibsonsothebysrealty.com/agents/elizabeth-hayes (https://www.gibsonsothebysrealty.com/agents/elizabeth-hayes) Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone: https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX) Join our mailing list! Get insider information, images that we can't post here and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.RayBernoff.com) The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com) Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com) If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com) Email questions for future episodes to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])






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