Author Archives: hdrremodeling

About hdrremodeling

Co-owner and Creative Director of solutions focused. highly creative residential remodeling company.

My Dinner with Miles, Thomas and Vicente


If you were asked to create the guest list for a fantasy dinner party, who would you invite?  Dreaming up interesting combinations of dinner companions is one of my favorite past times. If asked to base my guest list on … Continue reading

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10 Common Pitfalls of Remodeling Part 2


We are told at a very early age to “learn from other people’s mistakes”, good advice that some of us follow better than others. In remodeling, there are many things you can do to avoid the common mistakes that delay … Continue reading

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Smart Growth for the Bay Area-Accessory Dwelling Units


The demand for housing in the metro Bay Area is far outpacing the supply, a phenomenon that is driving inflated real estate prices even higher. There are high-rise apartment buildings popping up all over San Francisco to meet the housing … Continue reading

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10 Common Pitfalls of Remodeling, Part 1


It is true in remodeling, as it is in world history that people are likely to repeat the mistakes of those that have gone before them. To help address this issue, I have compiled a list of the 10 most … Continue reading

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Elsie de Wolfe, William Haines, Philip Johnson: Design Icons and Leaders of Social Change


As we celebrate Pride each June, it’s easy to overlook those courageous souls who forged the path for LGBT rights well in advance of the Stonewall Riots in 1968.   Elsie de Wolfe, William Haines and Philip Johnson are three people … Continue reading

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Five Home Design Trends for Today and Tomorrow


An important part of my job as a designer is to spot emerging trends in the marketplace and to help my clients decide if these trends are right for their homes.   The tricky part of the process is differentiating the … Continue reading

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Remodeling Return on Investment


Return on Investment (ROI) is a common financial term that can be easily misinterpreted when used in a remodeling context. The simple definition of ROI is “the profit or cost savings realized for a given use of money.”  ROI is … Continue reading

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The Art of French Kitchen Design


Philip and I just returned from a “fabuleux” two-week vacation in Paris.  In order to have a richer and more varied experience, we rented an apartment near the Eiffel Tower for the first week and then moved to an apartment … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Morgan and Mizner


I have long been fascinated by the work of Julia Morgan and Addison Mizner, two Bay Area architects who made an indelible mark on the architecture of California and Florida in the early twentieth century.   Although there is no record … Continue reading

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Remodeling Trends for 2014


Have you noticed all of the construction sites popping up around the Bay Area these days? The pent-up demand from the recession has resulted in a building boom that is projected to continue through 2014. These are some of the … Continue reading

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