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If you follow our blog regularly, you may already know that we’re doing a long-awaited renovation of the master bedroom suite at our 1950s Sputnik-era split-level rancher in Flourtown. Happily, the construction phase is over, and we’re now on to the finishing touches and decorating stage. This is when we get to install all of the shiny and pretty bits. Shopping for just the right decor is, for me, one of the most fun parts of the project. Because I love old, quality crafted furniture, I really enjoy the process of combing the local antique and high-end consignment shops to find pieces that will not only fit the space properly, but also tell the right story about our home.
By all accounts most of us in and around Philadelphia dodged the very serious potential effects of Irene. Our hearts go out to those who were not as lucky as we were.
Here are some snaps of what I saw the day after in my own neighborhood;
- Local streams and rivers were 5-10 feet above normal causing low-lying areas to flood. Some people even had to be evacuated by boat.
- Because the storm threw weather at us from unusual directions, new leaks were discovered;
- At our house, some water came behind the brick screen wall and into the house via the window below.
- Crawl spaces got wet because the ground outside was so saturated.
- Tenants at our rental house let us know the old chimney let some moisture in and it stained the plaster ceiling.
- A customer called to let us know she too got some rain in through her very old worn brick wall, a place that doesn’t normally leak.
- Tamara reported that a light fixture in her house was dripping too, again with the rain coming in from a new previously unknown leak source.
We were well prepared for much worse. You can see in the photo one neighbor boarded up his large living room window to protect himself. Like many in my neighborhood, I was on my roof the day before the storm clearing gutters and checking caulking. But you may need the best replica watches for daily life.
If you have experienced storm damage we are here to help.
We often talk to new clients who come to the table with ideas about all kinds of “stuff” they want to buy and install in their homes. While this is a perfectly natural place for most people to start their renovation process, our job is to get them to back up a little and talk to us about their lives. What we really want to know is how they want to live, and how their home fits into that picture. Many times, we have to ask them to stretch a little, imagine a little magic in their everyday lives … and explain what that magic would be.
Typical questions we ask in the initial consultation include:
What works and doesn’t work in your home?
What do you love and what do you hate in your home?
When you travel or visit the homes of friends and family, what do you enjoy about those places?
What kind of experience do you want to have when you come home? What does it feel like?
What do you do for fun and relaxation?
How long has the issue you called us about been a problem for you?
If you closed your eyes and imagined your perfect home, what would that look and feel like?
How do you want your rooms to function? For example, in your kitchen, you cook, eat and store goods … but what kind of cooking do you do? What kind of foods and goods do you store, and in what quantity? Do you have religious or cultural guidelines you must follow in your kitchen? Is wine or beer a feature of your enjoyment of food?
Bathrooms, too, leave a lot of room for magic, if you open up your imagination. A bathroom can be a bare-bones space for performing necessary functions like cleaning your body … or it can be a pleasurable oasis consisting of luxurious materials and textures.
So we infuse some of this type of magic into all of our clients’ projects. And this is so much more important than merely selling them “stuff.”
I asked Dana, who is very good with the computers, to give us a simple pie chart of one of our recent kitchen projects. Here you go:
I wanted this tool because many homeowners think the most expensive stuff in their kitchen is the cabinetry and counter tops. You can see from the graph that this is not the case at all. In this case its less than 18% of our typical kitchen project.
“How come?” you ask. Let me explain;
The only way your biggest cost would be in cabinets and counters would be if you were swapping out the exact kitchen you have now; same layout, with new cabinets and a new counter top, or re-facing the kitchen you have and adding a new counter top.
Most of the people who call us want a completely new kitchen space with the room stripped to the subfloors and studs. So all the stuff that is in the walls; your pipes, wires, insulation, and often even the structural elements, doors and windows, gets moved or changed or replaced. And then we have to put in all the new stuff you do see like drywall, stone, tile, paint, cabinets floors, lights and outlets, heating and cooling and ventilation and lots of other stuff.
That’s a lot of stuff! Some of it isn’t very sexy the way cabinets and counter tops can be. But it all needs to be done if your kitchen is going to work well.