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Transformation of the Week

Transformation of the Week

The Gatehouse - Transformation of an early 1900's gatehouse on a majestic lakefront property

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Fireplace Renovation

Fireplace Renovation

For more that ½ a Century a simple terra cotta brick façade was the covering for a non-descript fireplace. Then a surprising find at 'Bottoms Up', in Kansas City's West Bottoms, became the...

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70s Living Room & Fireplace Renovation

70's Living Room & Fireplace Renovation

With the recent purchase of our 1977 ranch house, we anticipated the many renovations we would make to update the home and create our own style. Although the living room boasted a large sliding glass...

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Renovated mid-century fireplace

Renovated mid-century fireplace

Rather than demolish and recreate a new fireplace, the existing brickwork was repointed to minimize the vertical grout joints. The brickwork was then painted with a two tone paint scheme, using a...

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A recent complete remodel along Lake Michigan

A recent complete remodel along Lake Michigan

This project involved a complete gutting of the interior and a reshaping of the exterior. We opened up the first floor by moving the stairs and defining the rooms with the ceiling details. We added a...

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Energy-Efficient San Francisco Remodel

Energy-Efficient San Francisco Remodel

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The Kumar Residence, nestled in the hills of Belmont, CA is an 1100 square foot addition and remodel of an existing 1950′s mid-century modern ranch house that needed updating, and more living...

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Fine Homebuilding is On Pinterest

Fine Homebuilding is On Pinterest

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Check out the Fine Homebuilding boards on Pinterest for design inspiration

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The Hazel River Cabin

The Hazel River Cabin

See how one architect successfully transformed a historic 1794 toll keeper's log cabin into a unique, modern home.

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Lessons From a Small Studio

Lessons From a Small Studio

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What a well designed, small studio can teach us about designing better homes.

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How To Use SketchUps Photo Match Feature to Efficiently Design Remodeling Projects

How To Use SketchUp's "Photo Match" Feature to Efficiently Design Remodeling Projects

See how importing digital photos into SketchUp can jump-start the design process and aid bidding and selling your next built-in cabinet project.

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Furniture That Can Change the Way You Design

Furniture That Can Change the Way You Design

Create a flexible home with innovative space saving furniture

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Designers Touch: Create Light Fixtures for Your SketchUp Model

Designer's Touch: Create Light Fixtures for Your SketchUp Model

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Sometimes a little bit of "bling" is just what a 3D model needs to get it from good to great. This post goes through steps to guide you through the process I use to create realistic, custom light fixture components to enhance models and impress clients.

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Coffered Ceiling

Coffered Ceiling

This was a project that would have been more difficult if it were not for the article in Fine Homebuilding on "Coffered Ceilings".  Made of poplar crown, baseboard, finger jointed trim boards...

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Living Room

Living Room

This is a recent remodel. It started with the master bath and closet, and ended up encompassing the master bedroom, the second floor hallway, foyer, powder room, library, dining...

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adding a living room and deck

adding a living room and deck

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Our little house was only 435 sqare feet after the living room was added it is 800 square feet with a great deck out the front My tip is don't start redoing your house in the winter LOL With thanks...

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Fireplace makeover

Fireplace makeover

Face lift for a seventy's era white brick fireplace using manufactured stone. the mantle is made from quarter sawn oak that was once a an old bedframe.

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Modern Makeover - The Living Room

Modern Makeover - The Living Room

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Remodeled Living Room - added fireplace, sustainable cabinetry, new doors and windows.  Reframed roof to increase ceiling height, finished concrete slab.

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Craftsman Fireplace with built-in media cabinets

Craftsman Fireplace with built-in media cabinets

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I own a 55 yr old home that I am in the process of renovating. There was a hideous plywood and black tile electric fireplace here to begin with that just taking up space and maing the room feel...

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Knotty Pine Den Goes Contemporary

Knotty Pine Den Goes Contemporary

This room was dark, boring and out of date - a typical c.1960's lower-level den overwhelmed by the knotty pine paneling.  Other issues included a low, cracked, textured ceiling, poor...

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Livingroom makeover

Livingroom makeover

100 y/o old was remodelled 20+ years ago with lots of paneling that was "in" at the time, I guess.  Fireplace was just a cinderblock opening.  Woodwork was very very dark.  We stripped...

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