Episode 37

How to expect the unexpected

Published on: 17th February, 2021

The idea for this episode came from a listener question. The question was- How to expect the unexpected? I immediately thought of asking the men at Behind the Studs, a home improvement podcast that I have been listening to lately. We discussed architect/contractor relationships and the importance of working together, and narrowed down what can come as a surprise during construction.

About the guests this episode, Colin Shaw and Jimmy Driscoll

Colin was raised on the CT shoreline. He's a husband, a dad, soccer coach extraordinaire, and all around awesome guy. He is the owner of Shaw Remodeling, a renovation company based out of Niantic CT. You'll most often find him out on job sites, at the grocery store, or any where his kids are.  He loves home improvement, and especially enjoys the transformations from beginning to end during the projects.  Most of all, he loves the crazy stories that come with the territory.

Jimmy was born and raised in Methuen, then bounced around Massachusetts. Left for NYC in '86 and moved to CT in '94. He's been an actor and a rock star, written, directed, and produced. College was good but he still hasn't graduated from that school of hard knocks yet. Ahh, but it's getting better. Nothing like swimming down stream.  And if that isn't enough, Jimmy also owns Dreyfus Construction, a home improvement company in Clinton CT. That's where the real show begins. 

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Music at the beginning and end of the episode is The House Maven's Jig by Neil Pearlman, performed by Troy MacGillivray and Neil Pearlman www.neilpearlman.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. Her mission is to help people learn about, plan and complete their home renovations and additions. She does this through traditional architectural services, Ask an Architect design help line, the podcast Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven, and through Home Renovation zoom classes. Her specialty is transforming the older homes so prevalent in Massachusetts, bringing them to the next level without sacrificing their character.
Katharine 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". 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.
Katharine is also the co-host of live simulcast/podcast Context and Clarity Live, a podcast related to the business of running a small firm.
Katharine 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-female Celtic string quintet Scottish Fish.