Budget There are two main areas to focus on when it comes to a budget.  If you are hiring a contractor or design-build firm directly, be sure to be open and honest about budget starting with the first phone call.  The budget shouldn’t be a closely guarded secret. Ideally, the budget should be included in every conversation.  This will ensure all parties are on the same page and save a lot of time...
Masters Touch Showroom

In this article, I will describe some of the various steps a client may experience in working with a Design-Build firm for a typical remodeling project. After the initial meeting and a measure of the project space, I render a scaled floor plan of the existing space and then the proposed space, showing the position of major elements and the proposed changes. [caption id="attachment_3077" alig...
Blue Wallpaper in Bathroom

To Wallpaper or not to Wallpaper? Wallpaper is a subject that many homeowners don’t even want to discuss.  I think I know why: they’ve either tried to remove improperly installed paper that literally removed part of the wall with it, or they have an image burned into their memory of that velvet flocked floral wallpaper from their grandma’s house, or both. The truth is, wallpaper has never real...
design tech innovations benefit the remodeling industry

Design Tech Innovations We are in an age of technology. The tech world is constantly evolving these days--just when you think they’ve done it all, there’s a new app you can install on your phone that makes life a little easier.  Rewind to forty years ago-- computers and high tech gadgets were just starting to take off.  Anyone from the 70’s remembers PONG, one of the first home video games.  Now, ...

A New Age of Digital Design Five designers' tools that have changed everything   The existence of blueprints has been common knowledge to the general public since the dawn of man. Ancient Greek architects would provide blueprints for almost every famed structure we know and love today; but these structures took decades and even centuries to complete. Although incredibly ornate, these struc...