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Environmentally friendly renovations discussion with Debbie BentleyDesigning your house for the future:Build lessDo you really need to build more and increase your footprint? Think about how you use your house now and list everything that you would like to change. Are there areas in your house that are under-used? These days that is often the formal dining room. Can you change how you think about your spaces and alter them to suit your needs? Many clients are looking for extra room as their children grow, but once they fully grow you will no longer have the space issue. Instead of building onto your house, think about temporary creative solutions. If you need more space for occasional guests, is there a nearby hotel or air bob that they could use? Everyone likes a little bit of space during a visit and would cost a lot less in the long run. Will you stay in the house until you are quite old, intending to age in place? You can plan for that now by increasing door widths and hallways- for example. Since you are investing in your house, make sure it is a place you can easily adapt to as you age. Climate Change How will the climate in your area change in the years to come? Massachusetts will be getting much more rain and will have more freeze/thaw issues. How do we plan for that? A renown building scientists states that there are 3 issues that affect the longevity of your home, water, water and water. So if your in a climate which is going to have more wet weather, start thinking about how your going to keep the water out of your home. Simple roof design, with minimal junctions, as junctions are what fail in building material. Roof overhangs, bigger gutters, more down spouts, and a plan to keep water away from foundations. At the same time, the water will need to stay on your property and not run over to the neighbor's. In densely populated areas this may mean installing an underground system. It will be easier to implement all of that during your renovation rather than combatting the problems later. dRemember how our grandparents use to live. ïThe hall vestibule as an airlock between out doors and in. ïCurtains over the front door, to keep the heat in.ïBooks on the external wall.ïShoes off inside a building… Make sure you have a shoe closet of else you fall over everyone’s shoes. Less dirt in the house=less chemicals=improved indoor air qualityUse windows wiselyNo more than 30 percent of your walls should be windows so pick where they go carefully. Consider restoring or rebuilding your original windows and add storms- you don’t need to replace them with vinyl windows. Maximize your views of nature as that will improve mental health.Recommended reading:Welcome to your world : Sarah Williams Goldhagen https://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Your-World-Environment-Shapes/dp/0061957801Lily Bernheimer: The Shaping of Us. https://www.amazon.com/Shaping-Us-Everyday-Structure-Well-Being/dp/1595348727/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+shaping+of+us&qid=1578417465&s=books&sr=1-1The architecture of happiness: Alain Bottom https://www.amazon.com/Architecture-Happiness-Alain-Botton/dp/0307277240/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+architecture+of+happiness&qid=1578417523&s=books&sr=1-1Professional Global Network : Salus : https://www.salus.globalWhat is the future of home design?We are starting to think of the embedded carbon in the materials that we use to create buildings and their impact on global emissions. Taking one example of a common building material, the concrete industry creates 8% of the worlds carbon emissions. The carbon emitted by operating a building is about 1/3 of the total carbon use in its lifetime. The keynote lecture given at NESEA 19 illustrated that when architects specify high performance materials, they can dramatically increase the embedded carbon in a building- if everyone did that we would kill the planet.We need to design carbon neutral buildings, but to achieve that designers need information on the embedded carbon within the materials, kind of like a nutrition label on foods.Which brings you to the Glass shower enclosure vs a vinyl shower curtain conundrum.Debbie and I have discussed the glass shower enclosure vs. vinyl shower curtain many times. She says “We have a vinyl shower curtain from Ikea in our shower. It is designed to be a glass shower enclosure, but we ran out of money and it has been like that for the last 13 years working fine, except we are probably on our 4 shower curtain. Any realtor would tell us “ make that a glass shower enclosure, and you will sell your house for more money”. ( Scary thought that the value of your house is based on one piece of glass). So what is the embedded carbon value of a glass shower enclosure. It is made from float glass and there are only 26 float glass plants in the whole of the US, and the nearest 2 to us are in upstate New York and in Carlisle PA, so that involves some diesel intensive trucking. Although float glass is made from partially recycled glass, so gets a “ bronze rating on “Cradle to Cradle” on Shower enclosures are made from tempered glass, ( think Pyrex) and can’t be recycled, so what is the rating on this product? If any listener can tell me I would love to know. So how does this work compared to a lightweight vinyl product… made from petroleum? Well I suspect the shower curtain carbon footprint is much less, but can I be certain. Not until someone crushes the numbers.”So how do we get rid of vinyl, plastic and petroleum products in our homes especially when natural products such as cedar siding is so expensive.We have to look for alternatives, new materials are coming on the market all the time. An alternative to cedar siding is composite wood siding, which is the siding version of quartz. There are a number of companies, such as LP Smartside, and Kay can Eco- Side. (https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/article/a-case-for-composite-wood-siding), you can also use fiber cement boards, such as Eternit. In the UK they use Eternit slates as an alternative to real slate as they are much lighter so can be used on historic structures, that may be structurally undersized for a real slate roof. However it is made from cement…and that has a higher carbon footprint than wood. https://architizer.com/blog/product-guides/product-guide/eaktna-fiber-cement-cladding/ However cement fiber slates must be more environmentally friendly than asphalt shingles.Green Material Specification SitesCradle to cradle certified. https://www.c2ccertified.orgLiving Futures : Living Buildings are:• Regenerative buildings that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature, and community.• Self-sufficient and remain within the resource limits of their site.• Create a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them.https://living-future.org/declare/New houses vs retrofitting old housesRetrofitting existing homes to make them more energy efficient remains a bit somewhat unanswered problem. It is hard to get them airtight however there are some good rules of thumb. Installing additional insulation in the roof and ensuring that you have block up any gaps around pipes and services where they go through the external wall is a great place to start. However hacking up a concrete floor slab to install insulation underneath and then relaying the concrete floor is probably not financially feasible in most post war homes. It may not even be carbon emission reduction feasible, if you include the embedded carbon. It would be great to have some data on how to reasonably improve existing homes. How cost and energy effective would it be to removing drywall and installing spray foam in exterior 3½ “ stud walls. Smart thermostats also a worthwhile and if you live in MA check out the deals on Mass Save regularly. https://www.masssave.com/en/saving/residential-rebatesAn interesting article about architecture and climate changehttps://www.archdaily.com/931240/the-facts-about-architecture-and-climate-change****************************************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/rohXOr you can join our group on FacebookJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
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 RecapThe best outcome is when you hire a contractor early on in the design processContracting 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 notWhen calling for references, ask about their subcontractorsLiving in the house through a renovationBudget 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 contingencyBathrooms 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 othersDon’t rush into the project, live in the house for a while if you possibly can. About this episode’s guestKarl 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
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-tradesAbout this episode’s guestThere 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
Episode RecapHow layers of light work and why they’re helpfulAmbient vs. task vs. accent lightingWhy our eyes like varied rather than uniform lightHow we respond to various levels of illuminationHow different kinds of fixtures shed different shapes of lightRecessed vs. flush vs. semi flush vs. sconce vs. lampColor temperature and how it affects the ambience of a spaceColor rendering index (CRI) and why it’s way more important than most people knowAbout this episode’s guestKathryn 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/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comMusic at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.comChat 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
Ryan Schwartz shares stories of projects that didn't go well, offering lessons on planning, communicating with your partner, taking the time to plan out elements of the project. About this week's guest: Ryan Schwartz is a licensed practising architect in Canada, specializing in the design and construction of new custom homes. That beautiful project on the episode art is the project he mentions that included a green roof. Check out his website at www.nordhaus.caHelp 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 Facebook or 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
I'm part of a facebook group for architects and I asked them if any of them would be willing to share stories of when something went wrong on a project. Here is the first of bonus episodes in the Learning From Mistakes of Others series.  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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
Do you have lead in your home? If you will be disturbing any surfaces, you need to find out. Ron Peik of Alpine Environmental talks about what we need to know when it comes to renovating an older home that potentially contains lead paint. About this week's guest: Ron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a focus on thermodynamics, HCAC systems and indoor air quality. He worked for tow years as a civilian engineer for the US Air Force before getting into the environmental remediation industry in 1988. He founded Alpine Environmental with his father, Ed Peik, in 1991. Ron served as president of the Leand and Environmental Hazards Association (LEHA), a national industry organization, from 2013 to 2016. He is council- certified by the ACAC for Microbial Remediation and a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association. He is also active in several New England area contracting associations, including the Eastern MA chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) where is both a board member and Government Affairs Committee co-chair. Ron has been featured as a lead paint and mold remediation expert on episodes of PBS's "This Old House." His dedication and professionalism have earned him a great deal of respect in the contracting world. Outside of Alpine, Ron has a very active family life, enjoying outdoor activities and traveling with his wife and their five children. 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 Facebook (Talking Home Renovations) or 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
Have you thought about getting solar but you don’t know where to start looking for an installer, don’t know what to think of those people who come to your house selling solar panels, don’t know how much it is going to cost or if your house is a good candidate? Should you include solar in your renovation plans? Listen to this episode with Malcolm Littlefield who fills me in on the solar details. 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.Write a review!  If you like the show, write a review so others will give it a try. If you don’t like the show- send me an email instead and let me know how I can improve. Chat with me! Join my new Facebook group- Talking Home Renovations together.  Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comThis podcast is produced by my architecture firm dEmios Architects www.demiosarchitects.com. Check out the website for my virtual offerings and other useful informationEmail questions and suggestions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.comThanks for listening!
When it comes to what the future may hold, I have no idea. A friend described this feeling as "standing at the edge of what I know". I feel more comfortable sticking to what I know, which is residential spaces. Personally I am giving some thought to what homes of the future might include. This is a solo episode, just me sharing some thoughts on-Home offices reimaginedHomeschooling spacesFood and dry good storageEnhanced front halls with washing elementsLet’s say you’re ready to start documenting your renovation thoughts with a professional. Can you do that now? Is it the right time? Only one way to find out- ask the design professional you were hoping to work with what their plan is for this quarantine. I’m working over zoom as I have been doing since 2018 and it is working well. 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 Facebook - Talking Home RenovationsJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
Stress and the value of an architectBritish architect Debbie Bentley explains the emotional aspects of renovations and the value of hiring an architect. Episode RecapMany people underestimate the full psychological impact of renovating their houseFinancial issues will be raisedWhat is the value of an architect? book about designing: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-House-Right-Marianne-Cusato/dp/1402791038About this episode’s guestDebbie 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
RoofingWe all have a roof, but maybe we don’t think too much about it. If you are in a position to install a new roof, you’ve got options. Episode Recap What should people consider when they are getting ready to choose a new roof?  Do the roofs all have to be asphalt? Are there any other options? Why is metal roofing here so expensive but metal roofing is all over the place in rural areas north of us?  Shingles that reflect heat are available and will help with cooling an atticIs it difficult to create a green roof?Learning from the mistakes of others:Roofing over existing shinglesNot replacing skylights at the same time. Using a contractor who doesn’t understand how the roof interacts with the rest of your home components. www.certainteed.comAbout this week's guest: Walter Russell is an owner at Home Sweet Home Builders in Woburn, MA. They are full services general contractors but also specialize in roofing. Reach them at https://www.homesweethomebuildersllc.com or @HSHBLLC on Facebook and InstagramHelp 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 facebook community at Talking Home RenovationsJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
Episode 8- Kitchen and Bath FixturesJason Sevinor, President of Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, discusses what to look for in bath and kitchen fixtures and how to get professional help.Episode RecapWhy shop at a showroom rather than on the internet or a big box store?What to look for when choosing fixturesIs there really a $10,000 toilet? What is the difference between that and a $400 toilet?Trends in bath fixtures right nowIdeas for an environmentally friendly bathroomHow to make your bathroom feel like a spaAbout this episode’s guestAs the third generation owner of Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, Jason Sevinor’s entrepreneurial spirit was inherited from his father, Ralph and grandfather, Bill, whose hard work and dedication grew a small plumbing supplier into the successful specialty kitchen, bath and plumbing supply company it is today. With an emphasis on exceptional customer service, Designer Bath embodies the very best of family-owned business practices and continues to thrive under Jason’s current leadership.Prior to taking over his father Ralph’s title as President in 2008, Jason worked in various roles throughout the company, including showroom and counter sales, operations and warehouse. He attended the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in marketing, human resource management and psychology. Following graduation and prior to joining the family business, he completed a plumbing supplier management-training program in Maryland.A frequent guest speaker and panelist at design, kitchen/bath and plumbing trade conferences, Jason mentors industry members and advises entrepreneurs on best practices and career development.Outside of the kitchen and bath world, Jason is an avid runner and donates his time and resources to support the communities of Boston’s North Shore, as well as causes close to him and his family, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and the Northshore Medical Center and its annual Cancer Walk. He resides in Beverly with his wife and two young sons.Visit the Designer Bath website at www.designerbath.comHelp 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
3rd episode in the three part series on lead, asbestos and mold in the home with Ron Peik of Alpine Environmental (https://www.alpine-environmental.com)Do you have mold issues at your house? Are you ready to address the underlying issues? Listen to this episode about mold with expert Ron Peik and learn what you can do to improve your indoor air quality before and after a renovation. About this week's guest: Ron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a focus on thermodynamics, HCAC systems and indoor air quality. He worked for tow years as a civilian engineer for the US Air Force before getting into the environmental remediation industry in 1988. He founded Alpine Environmental with his father, Ed Peik, in 1991. Ron served as president of the Leand and Environmental Hazards Association (LEHA), a national industry organization, from 2013 to 2016. He is council- certified by the ACAC for Microbial Remediation and a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association. He is also active in several New England area contracting associations, including the Eastern MA chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) where is both a board member and Government Affairs Committee co-chair. Ron has been featured as a lead paint and mold remediation expert on episodes of PBS's "This Old House." His dedication and professionalism have earned him a great deal of respect in the contracting world. Outside of Alpine, Ron has a very active family life, enjoying outdoor activities and traveling with his wife and their five children.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 Facebook or 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com
Real estate and RenovationsElizabeth Hayes is a realtor at Sotheby’s in Cambridge MA and she helps us understand what to look for if you’re hoping to buy a house that needs a major renovation. She also talks about how much to renovate in order to sell your house. Episode RecapWhat to look for if you are hoping to find a fixer-upperWhen should you not buy a house that needs a renovation?Should you renovate before you sell your house?Sustainable and environmentally friendly features are attractive to buyersVinyl might not be as desirable as it once wasGet your house checked out by a design professional before you buy it to get an idea of what renovations would be possible at the houseLearning from the mistakes of othersSpiral stairs are a renovation regretOpen plan might be a renovation regretAbout return on investments- https://homeguide.com/costsAbout this episode’s guestElizabeth Hayes has worked in real estate for over a decade. She first represented Boston area homebuyers, sellers and mortgage lenders as an attorney. Since 2006, she has focused exclusively on the sale and marketing of residential properties as a real estate broker. She brings a great deal of professional and personal experience to bear as she helps her clients successfully navigate the home buying and selling process. Elizabeth works hard to merit the trust her clients place in her and she strives to ensure that each transaction is as seamless as possible in this very competitive market. She has a reputation for negotiating with tenacity, tact and good humor, a skill she honed while serving as a Boston Assistant District Attorney for five years. And after having renovated and decorated a number of properties, Elizabeth has a wealth of first-hand knowledge and she loves helping her clients envision how they might bring out the best in the home they are contemplating buying or selling. Elizabeth is a graduate of Indiana University. She also lived in Paris and Strasbourg, France and is fluent in French. She currently resides in Watertown with her husband, Chris, and two terriers. https://www.gibsonsothebysrealty.com/agents/elizabeth-hayesHelp 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information, images that we can't post here and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
2nd episode in a series of episodes on lead, asbestos and mold in the home with Ron Peik of Alpine Environmental (https://www.alpine-environmental.com)About this week's guest: Ron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a focus on thermodynamics, HCAC systems and indoor air quality. He worked for tow years as a civilian engineer for the US Air Force before getting into the environmental remediation industry in 1988. He founded Alpine Environmental with his father, Ed Peik, in 1991. Ron served as president of the Leand and Environmental Hazards Association (LEHA), a national industry organization, from 2013 to 2016. He is council- certified by the ACAC for Microbial Remediation and a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association. He is also active in several New England area contracting associations, including the Eastern MA chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) where is both a board member and Government Affairs Committee co-chair. Ron has been featured as a lead paint and mold remediation expert on episodes of PBS's "This Old House." His dedication and professionalism have earned him a great deal of respect in the contracting world. Outside of Alpine, Ron has a very active family life, enjoying outdoor activities and traveling with his wife and their five children.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 Facebook or 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
Episode recapNew Velux skylights don’t leakSkylights bring in more daylight than vertical windowsVe= Ventilation, Lux= light, hence the company name VELUXIntegrated blinds can be programmedYou still need to air out your space even if you have air conditioningModern skylights have UV blocking glassLearning from mistakes of others- use the right skylight for the right application. A deck mounted skylight is for a pitched roof. A curb mounted skylight is for a flat roof. Don’t put a brand new roof around an old skylight, they are part of the same roofing system. 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
This is a brief introduction to the new podcast. If you have questions about home renovations please send them to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.
Where to start with your home renovationWalter Russell from Home Sweet Home Builders of Woburn MA joined me on this first episode to discuss how to get going with a project, Walter brings the perspective of a contractor in a discussion about how to kick off your home renovation.Episode RecapStep 1: Know what you want Step 2: Know what you can affordOur fictional homeowner is trying to figure out how to start a project that would be a two story addition, kitchen on the first floor and a master suite on the second floor. She has $200,000 to spend. What should her first call be? Does she have enough money to complete what she would like to do?Should you call a contractor first or an architect? How does someone begin to set a budget? We discussed factors that contribute to the price of a project. An architect is thinking about what is possible in the space, a contractor is thinking budget. Ideally you would bring the two together early in the project.Is it a good idea to put everything you want into a plan just to see how much it is going to cost? Will that cause unnecessary disappointment?Building a master plan is going to be important for realizing what the maximum scope potential isArchitect works up a vision and a scope of work, the contractor will be able to give a rough budget number based on that. Should you keep your home renovation budget number secret? Walter gives some ballpark prices for common smaller projects. Are square footage prices accurate?Learning from the mistakes of othersDon’t rush into a projectWalter Russell is the co-owner of Home Sweet Home Builders, a full service construction company, with a core focus on residential remodeling and roofing. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and twitter @HSHBLLC or on the internet at www.HSHbuilds.comHelp 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information, extras (like the images we can't post here) and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com
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 recapThe 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 personTypes of windows that are availableHow 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 doorAbout this episode’s guestRick Bertolami is an owner of JB Sash and Door in Chelsea, MA. www.jbsash.com.  Learning from the mistakes of othersDon't have the first time you see your new window be when they are installed in your house. 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/rohXJoin our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlTThanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.comThe music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.comCover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.comIf you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.comEmail questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
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Sep 28th, 2019
Latest Episode
Mar 25th, 2020
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