Homeowner Advice

Buy or Renovate? NOW is the Perfect Time to Remodel!

Dallas is booming and the housing market is hot. It is the hottest it has been since before the recession. And, a number of our clients are responding by engaging us to renovate their homes. Odd? Perhaps. Yet, there are a number of good reasons for it. First, there aren’t many houses available to buy… Read More…

Ready to Sell? 14 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Home

When our clients decide to purchase a new home to remodel or build a new home from the ground up, they are faced with selling their current property. As you know, a picture is worth a thousand words, and photos in a real estate listing can sell a home even before the first open house…. Read More…

About Home Insulation

In honor of the infamous Polar Vortex weather phenomenon we are experiencing, let’s kick off our 2014 blog posts with talk about insulation! After spending a week over the Christmas holiday in a 100+ year old farm house in northern Indiana, I can vouch for the value of quality insulation. [pinit image_url=”http://www.hpdarch.com/wp-content/uploads/Demolition-Ceiling2.jpg”] In the process… Read More…

10 Questions to Ask Before Designing Your Dream Home

We often receive phone calls from prospective clients looking for information about what is involved in designing a new house. “Oh, where to begin?” is usually what runs through my mind. Before we ever start laying out your gourmet kitchen and spa retreat bathroom, there are many questions to be answered. If you are thinking… Read More…

Is Your Relationship with Your Architect a Summer Fling or a Long Term Commitment?

In a recent email from a home owner, I was asked this question, “Do architects prefer to be involved only if the plan will be worked on from start to finish as one project in the immediate future (and not broken up over many years)?  Or can it be “on again, off again” / “as… Read More…

To Be or Not To Be Your Own General Contractor

You think, “I’m an educated person. I work with people, respond to deadlines, and deal with budgets every day. I know my way around a spreadsheet and the internet. What’s the big deal? I bet I could handle being the general contractor when we remodel our home. It sure would save us some money.” Hiring… Read More…

5 Tips for “Do-It-Yourself” Home Projects

For those of you who have caught the DIY bug, you know the thrill that comes with fixing a leaky faucet. You know the pride you feel when you can have friends over for drinks out back on your newly laid brick patio. You also know that with every DIY victory there comes a learning… Read More…

The Architect’s Three Magic Words

I am not fond of receiving cold calls. Any business owner can tell you how time consuming and sometimes frustrating they can be.  No, we don t need another health insurance quote. Or magazine subscription. Or electricity provider. However, a recent call from a contractor has warmed me up to the idea. He called… Read More…

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