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Getting All Fired Up

July 9, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


The fireplace is an important element in our design, and finally we can start building the framework for it!

The Architect & Interior Designer Dynamic

July 5, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


The Architect & Interior Designer dynamic is a highly debated subject, and often a source of confusion for homeowners considering a remodel.

"Back On Track"

July 5, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


It's a relief to be moving again, but also a stark reminder that there is always a risk of uncovering something really badly wrong when undertaking a remodel. It simply becomes a case of "what's been seen cannot be unseen!!" If that happens, there...

"Letting The Sunshine In"

June 7, 2017 | Itohan Ellis


Despite the delays we've encountered due to unforeseen structural issues with the original construction of the house, we finally get some of the doors & windows in...it's finally taking shape!

"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.