Episode 29

You Can Do It Yourself- with Ward Schraeder

Published on: 2nd December, 2020

Ward Schraeder has noticed that many of us don't really know how to complete simple projects ourselves and he is giving us the opportunity to learn. Through his YouTube series Working with Ward he is reaching out to people who did not grow up learning how to build and create. Link to his YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9wLuLpwyBX_PkNXmvrBJZg/videos

Ward is also the co-host of Bargain Mansions on HGTV with his daughter Tamara Day. This is a really great show, if you like home renovations then you'll enjoy this one. They transform their houses into incredible properties. Inspiring!

About this week's guest, Ward Schraeder: "My​ ​love​ ​for​ ​renovation​ ​started​ ​at​ ​a​ ​young​ ​age​ ​when​ ​I​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​on​ ​a​ ranch in Western Kansas.​ A ranch is a great place to become a jack of all trades because you learn how to be self sustaining.​My​ ​grandfather​ ​and​ ​father​ ​built things​ ​and​ ​taught​ ​me​ ​along​ ​the​ ​way.​ ​It​ ​became​ ​a​ ​family​ ​thing.​ ​​ The philosophy was that if we needed something done we did it ourselves. Mistakes were made, but knowledge was developed and passed down from generation to generation. ​Luckily,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to​ ​share​ ​this​ ​philosophy​ ​with​ ​my children and hopefully my grandchildren as well.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​summer,​ ​when​ ​my​ ​boys​ ​were needing work,​ ​I​ ​had​ ​them​ ​build​ ​us​ ​a​ ​40 ft by 40 ft barn. As exhausting as it was, we did it all. Dug the foundation, ordered the cement, built the walls and rafters, installed windows and overhead doors, all from scratch. All children are mischievous and especially mine. My co-star on Bargain Mansions and my daughter, Tamara, talks frequently about all the times I made her hang sheet rock for discipline when she broke curfew. I guess it was a good lesson because now we can look back and laugh since it’s what she does for a living! The best part of co-starring with your daughter is the time we get to spend together. Personality wise, she is my clone which makes for a very easy relationship while filming. It is a wonderful thing to have a purpose we both can enjoy... At this point in my life it is a great adventure that I am happy to share."

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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.