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.

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...

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

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...

The Architect’s Three Magic Words

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...

You Know What They Say About Home Owners, Don’t You?

You Know What They Say About Home Owners, Don’t You?

If you’ve seen one, then you’ve… well, you’ve seen one. Each home owner is as unique as the home they own. Our clients are no exception. Right down to whether the toothpaste goes in the drawer, in the medicine cabinet or stays out on the counter (don’t get me started...

Don’t Get Stuck, Get Inspired

Don’t Get Stuck, Get Inspired

If you’ve been putting off starting a remodel or redecorating project because you have no idea where to begin, I’d be willing to bet a little inspiration would get your creative juices flowing. At a recent design industry event, I met Deanna Kienast, a Southlake,...

Designing Exterior Living

Designing Exterior Living

Dallas Architect shares ideas for designing exterior living spaces to be as enjoyable as your interiors. One of the biggest obstacles to really being able to enjoy the outdoors in the South is the heat we get in the summer.  And possibly even worse, the humidity that...

Quality is in the Details

Quality is in the Details

During our summer vacation trek from Dallas to Pine Mountain, Georgia, we chose Jackson, Mississippi as our stopping point on Day 1. Road trip tradition in the Davis family calls for dinner at a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and a night at a Hampton Inn. We were...