Blog Topics: architectural advice

working with an architect

As a homeowner, do you ever wish you could ask for some expert architectural advice? When it comes to improving an investment as important as your home, you want to get the most value for your money. Guidance from someone who’s “been there, done that” can help you make smart decisions and avoid costly mistakes.

How do you know when you need an architect? Should you buy new or remodel your current home? What are the current design trends and should I include them in my home renovation? The questions surrounding home improvement are numerous.

In these posts, Dallas residential architects Laura and Holly from hpd architecture + interiors, share tips and pointers based on questions that they have been asked by their own clients.

When Do I Really Need an Architect?

When Do I Really Need an Architect?

Who do you call when you are about to start a home renovation project? A contractor? An interior designer? An architect? All three? In our podcast, 75: When Do I Really Need an Architect?, Holly and I share a checklist of questions and answers to effectively guide you...

Designing a Home? Take a Vacation

Designing a Home? Take a Vacation

There are a few situations that cast a magnifying glass on family dynamics better than a family vacation. Make that a vacation with ten family members, across three generations, in a two bedroom cabin in the woods, and you’ve got yourself the setting for a Hollywood...

HGTV:  Reality or Unreality TV for Those Looking to Remodel Their Home

HGTV: Reality or Unreality TV for Those Looking to Remodel Their Home

A huge shout-out to HGTV! Thanks to hours and hours of binge watching, we think we now know how to remodel a home. We had just been going about it the wrong way! Day One: Purchase home. Day Two: Visit home to see what you bought, the condition the home is in, and see...

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

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...

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

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...

Transitional Design Combines Contemporary and Traditional

Transitional Design Combines Contemporary and Traditional

Recently, we have been helping a couple plan the renovation of their home. His tastes are a mix of rustic, urban, masculine, relaxed, and refined. She prefers traditional, casual, and sophisticated. They have several antique pieces that are family heirlooms. Presented...

Living in Smaller Homes

Updated March 24, 2018 Less is more. Whoever came up with that saying never bought a house in Texas. We like to say everything is bigger in Texas, and when it comes to buying a home, bigger is becoming the norm.  Drive through an older neighborhood, and you’ll...

To Be or Not To Be Your Own General Contractor

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...