It was a cold, snowy February day when Arvin and Alicea decided to travel northeast from San Francisco to explore Lake Tahoe. After spending most of their adult lives in the Bay area, they were contemplating a big move. Snow banks engulfed the houses leaving much to the imagination.Read More »
The school bells may be ringing but don’t wave goodbye to summer just yet. There’s still enough sunshine and blue skies on the horizon to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family for weeks to come!Read More »
First popular in the early 20th century, the Accessory Dwelling Unit, also known as a granny flat or carriage house, fell out of favor after World War II as people surged from cities into the suburbs. But the ADU is making a comeback as families make room for aging parents, boomerang kids, and friends in need.Read More »
We often hear that timing is everything, and for the Water Street Coffee Joint in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the timing for a new addition couldn’t have worked out better.
“We had been discussing adding a drive-through service to this location for years,” explains Kirsten Field, creative director for Water Street Coffee. “In mid 2020, changes in the adjacent parking lot allowed for a traffic flow shift. And with the onset of the pandemic, we were motivated to keep contactless options available to our customers.”Read More »
The farmhouse style knows no boundaries. From Maine to Florida and west to California, the ubiquitous farmhouse can be found almost everywhere. In addition to the traditional elements of wide porches and board-and-batten siding, modern farmhouses boast more contemporary design elements such as granite countertops, stainless steel farmhouse sinks, and sleek lighting.Read More »
Building a new home involves making countless decisions on every detail from flooring and cabinets to hardware, paint, and lighting. Builders create an allowance for each of these items as part of the overall budget. If a homeowner goes over the allowance in one area, they must scale back their choices in other areas to stay within budget.Read More »