You don't know what you don't know

Episode 6

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Published on:

4th Dec 2019

11:00am

Windows and Doors

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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 recap

  • The 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.  

Learning from the mistakes of others

Don't have the first time you see your new window be when they are installed in your house.

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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


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Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com

The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com

Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com

If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com

Email questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com

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Published on:

27th Nov 2019

3:45pm

How to get what you want

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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

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

The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com

Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com

If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com

Email questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com

Episode 5

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Published on:

20th Nov 2019

11:00am

Lighting Design

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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.

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

Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com

Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com

If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com

Email questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com


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

Episode 4

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Published on:

6th Nov 2019

11:00am

Stress and the value of an architect

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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


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

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


The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com

Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com

If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com

Email questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com

Episode 3

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Published on:

23rd Oct 2019

11:02am

Do you really need a contractor?

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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 Recap

  • The 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

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

The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com

Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com

If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com

Email questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com

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Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven
the professionals discuss all aspects of home renovations
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.
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Katharine MacPhail

Katharine White MacPhail, Principal at dEmios Architects in Arlington, MA has been working on residential projects of all sizes in the greater Boston area since 1996. She is sought after for her ability to turn residential projects around quickly, and for her competent yet light-hearted approach to architecture. Her specialty is transforming the older homes so prevalent in Massachusetts, bringing them to the next level without sacrificing their character. MacPhail shares her knowledge and experience through her renovation seminars and now her podcast. MacPhail is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a Leed Accredited Professional. She received a Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in January of 1996. While at SCI-Arc, she pursued projects and theory related to the study of the architecture of the "everyday". Upon completing her MArch, Katharine was an adjunct studio instructor for the Department of Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Katharine also holds a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College where she fell in love with classical antiquities and later completed some graduate work in Historic Preservation at Boston University before pursuing a career in architecture. MacPhail has been involved with local politics for a number of years, and just finished 13 years of homeschooling her 3 children, plans parties and events for a number of non-profit groups, serves as the Secretary for the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club and plays with the Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. She is the manager for the all-girl Celtic string quintet Scottish Fish.