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Are you ready to get going? If so, the next few months hold both excitement and plenty of tasks to keep you busy. To assist, we’ve put our experience in residential design and project management to good use for you. The Keys is our guide for the motivated homeowner,...
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The Keys to Starting a Project

Are you ready to get going? If so, the next few months hold both excitement and plenty of tasks to keep you busy. To assist, we’ve put our experience in residential design and project management to good use for you. The Keys is our guide for the motivated homeowner,...
The Value of Time

The Value of Time

Over the years we have learned that the lifespan of a project is a black box to most people.  While they may have a basic understanding of what it takes to build a house, they are unaware of all the steps and details required for turning their list of desires into a...
The True Cost of Construction

The True Cost of Construction

When planning a project it’s important to be aware that there is more to a comprehensive budget than simply the final construction costs.  A Construction Budget, the cost of labor and materials required for constructing the project, and a Project Budget, all the costs...
Small Towns / Hidden Gems

Small Towns / Hidden Gems

I grew up in a small town in southern Illinois.  With a population of only 1,800 residents, everyone seemed to know everyone else.  There existed a local pride and few people journeyed beyond the constellation of neighboring small towns and villages scattered...
Through a Different Lens

Through a Different Lens

During a holiday in Costa Rica, through pure accident, I got swept up with the notion of documenting my vacation in a way different than I normally would.  Using what I coined micro-photographing, I would capture images of the environment around me during the tours...
Variation on a Theme

Variation on a Theme

Each year, Gabriela and I try to escape for a long weekend in Cape May, a beach town at the southern tip of New Jersey.  For a change, one year we thought we would see what an autumn visit would be like . . . desolate. Like many towns along the eastern shore, Cape May...