Episode 28

How to find a contractor and what are ADUs and do you need one?

Published on: 18th November, 2020

Paul Dashevsky, of GreatBuildz in California, takes time out to talk about how he connects homeowners with contractors, how to go about hiring a contractor and how to make the construction process smoother. The main focus of his visit is his advice about how to build an ADU- accessory dwelling unit. ADUs have been in the news lately as a way to gain additional living space on your property without adding to the house. This may be a solution for people (zoning permitting) who are looking for a home office, place for their parents or adult children to live nearby, or as an income generating unit.

About this week's guest Paul Dashevsky, founder of GreatBuildz:

GreatBuildz was founded by a team of real estate and construction professionals who believe everyone deserves to find a great contractor, have a stress-free renovation, and enjoy their beautiful new space.

We match clients with only reputable contractors who passed our rigorous screening process and signed our Code of Conduct.

Over 50% of homeowners report having a negative experience with their contractor.

It's no surprise people considering a remodel are often anxious and confused.

GreatBuildz provides clients personalized guidance and support, empowering them to renovate with confidence.


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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

Show Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com

This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. www.demiosarchitects.com

The ADU on the episode art is one of our pre-designed ready to build ADUs. It could be yours!

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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.