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"A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish"

May 30, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


A house remodel project team consists of a variety of people working on a variety of things. As with any project involving a human element, we have to be prepared for vacations, sickness, and more - and that means planning ahead!

"Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Right First Time"

May 23, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


In most countries residential buildings are subject to rigorous building standards and codes, and for good reason - a badly built home is a risk to life...something that can't be replaced! You are entrusting a lot to your general contractor, and Code Enforcement in...

"Keep Calm And Collaborate!"

May 15, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


When things go awry in a remodel project, the strength of your project team is what saves you. There is no time to bicker or argue. You all need a single focus and quick thinking to keep things on track!

"Natural Doesn't Always Mean Safe"

May 8, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


Asbestos removed? - check! Wood framework and beams exposed? - check! Second floor support beams in good condition? - NO!! We uncover a hidden house horror and find that our remodel project has an unsafe second floor.

"Measure Twice, Cut Once!"

April 30, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


It is SO important to double-check measurements with everyone on the remodel project team, in order to catch any errors or oversights early on. The later in a project a mistake is discovered, the more it'll cost to rectify. And that's exactly what we're do...

Diary Of A House Remodel - Week 1

April 23, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


Demolition is often a dive into the relative unknown. It is a necessary part of a remodel. Adequate planning and budgeting should minimize the fear factor that often accompanies this phase, but it's always a relatively nerve-wracking process.

Diary Of A House Remodel - WEEK 0

April 13, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


A very brief 'prequel' to starting construction work on the house. There needs to be a lot of planning and organizing before starting your remodel demolition.

Ever Wondered What A Real-Life Remodel Looks Like?

April 5, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


A week-by-week account of the remodel process for one of my projects. Showing you the inner workings of a remodel, as it unfolds.

Remodeling "Matching" Misconceptions

November 2, 2016 | Itohan Ellis


How to determine if an Interior Designer is the right fit for you.

September 30, 2016 | Itohan Ellis

Have you ever had someone gush about a piece of art, furnishing or room décor and agreed with them simply because you felt they probably know more about “that stuff” than you?