Kitchen remodeling and inexpensive ideas

While at one point the kitchen was seen primarily as a serving area for cooking, today the kitchen has become a central, multifunctional room for many of the family’s activities. The last century has brought with it the emergence of both function and interior design within the room that we call the kitchen. When it comes to kitchen remodel and […]

Construction Labor Estimate Using a Subcontractor Lump Sum Quote

This discussion assumes that you are acting as a general contractor, home builder, or construction manager who is NOT doing self-employment in specific areas of work. This process is very similar to the unit cost approach of the subcontractor system. However, in this discussion, you have absolutely NO subcontractor pricing history, just a lump sum quote, making it almost impossible […]

How to spend the holidays

One question I get asked over and over again is how to spend the holidays. I’ve written other posts about it, but then it got me thinking that there really isn’t a “holiday season.” What I mean by that is that yes, there are holidays, but we have events throughout the year where we are faced with less than desirable […]

Six Favorite Design Books

Growing up in Los Angeles, I was a bookworm because I was a lonely little girl and I could get lost in the fantasy world of books. My parents encouraged me to read and I read everything I could find. As an adult, I am still a voracious reader, and a speed reader to begin with. There is nothing like […]

What are Squinkies?

As the holidays approach, you have no doubt asked your young children, nieces or nephews what they want to find wrapped in presents under the tree or in their stockings. You might expect to hear familiar names like Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob, but don’t be surprised to discover a new toy mentioned more than once. Squinkies are the ultimate […]

US Real Estate Predictions for 2021

Hell of a year, to say the least. In the interest of brevity, let me be short and sweet. Here are my predictions for 2021. The plague The very obvious question is whether there will be a negative impact on real estate due to Covid-19 / Coronavirus. Short answer, yes. Long answer, yes again. This is especially true in the […]

Why are soccer gloves important?

In the old days of soccer, you never saw a soccer player wearing gloves. The personal protective equipment consisted mainly of some type of protection for the head, shoulder pads and cleats. That was all they needed. That said, the game being played back then was very different from the game being played today. Today’s players are much bigger, stronger, […]