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Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven

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Are you planning a home renovation and worried that you don’t know what you are doing? Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is an educational and entertaining podcast that will ease your fears. Join architect Katharine MacPhail as she interviews contractors, vendors, other architects and homeowners and gathers tips and cautionary tales about home renovations. Learn about materials, what to expect, what to avoid and how to make the most of the money that you will spend on your renovation.

Are you planning a home renovation and worried that you don’t know what you are doing? Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is an educational and entertaining podcast that will ease your fears. Join architect Katharine MacPhail as she interviews contractors, vendors, other architects and homeowners and gathers tips and cautionary tales about home renovations. Learn about materials, what to expect, what to avoid and how to make the most of the money that you will spend on your renovation.

Location:

United States

Description:

Are you planning a home renovation and worried that you don’t know what you are doing? Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is an educational and entertaining podcast that will ease your fears. Join architect Katharine MacPhail as she interviews contractors, vendors, other architects and homeowners and gathers tips and cautionary tales about home renovations. Learn about materials, what to expect, what to avoid and how to make the most of the money that you will spend on your renovation.

Language:

English

Contact:

6174898535


Episodes

Lead in the home

2/12/2020
Do you have lead in your home? If you will be disturbing any surfaces, you need to find out. Ron Peik of Alpine Environmental talks about what we need to know when it comes to renovating an older home that potentially contains lead paint. About this week's guest: Ron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a focus on thermodynamics, HCAC systems and indoor air quality. He worked for tow years as a civilian engineer for...

Duration:00:29:30

Learning from the mistakes of others #2

2/5/2020
Ryan Schwartz shares stories of projects that didn't go well, offering lessons on planning, communicating with your partner, taking the time to plan out elements of the project. About this week's guest: Ryan Schwartz is a licensed practising architect in Canada, specializing in the design and construction of new custom homes. That beautiful project on the episode art is the project he mentions that included a green roof. Check out his website at www.nordhaus.ca Help me spread the word!Send a...

Duration:00:21:18

Roofing

1/29/2020
Roofing We all have a roof, but maybe we don’t think too much about it. If you are in a position to install a new roof, you’ve got options. Episode Recap What should people consider when they are getting ready to choose a new roof? Do the roofs all have to be asphalt? Are there any other options? Why is metal roofing here so expensive but metal roofing is all over the place in rural areas north of us? Shingles that reflect heat are available and will help with cooling an attic Is it...

Duration:00:28:02

Learning from the Mistakes of Others #1

1/22/2020
I'm part of a facebook group for architects and I asked them if any of them would be willing to share stories of when something went wrong on a project. Here is the first of bonus episodes in the Learning From Mistakes of Others series. Help me spread the word! Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that. Chat with me! Join the community on Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat...

Duration:00:17:05

Environmentally Friendly Renovations #1

1/15/2020
Environmentally friendly renovations discussion with Debbie Bentley Designing your house for the future: Build less Do you really need to build more and increase your footprint? Think about how you use your house now and list everything that you would like to change. Are there areas in your house that are under-used? These days that is often the formal dining room. Can you change how you think about your spaces and alter them to suit your needs? Many clients are looking for extra room as...

Duration:00:40:48

Bath and Kitchen Fixtures

1/1/2020
Episode 8- Kitchen and Bath Fixtures Jason Sevinor, President of Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, discusses what to look for in bath and kitchen fixtures and how to get professional help. Episode Recap Why shop at a showroom rather than on the internet or a big box store? What to look for when choosing fixtures Is there really a $10,000 toilet? What is the difference between that and a $400 toilet? Trends in bath fixtures right now Ideas for an environmentally friendly bathroom How...

Duration:00:32:22

Skylights

12/18/2019
Episode recap New Velux skylights don’t leak Skylights bring in more daylight than vertical windows Ve= Ventilation, Lux= light, hence the company name VELUX Integrated blinds can be programmed You still need to air out your space even if you have air conditioning Modern skylights have UV blocking glass Learning from mistakes of others- use the right skylight for the right application. A deck mounted skylight is for a pitched roof. A curb mounted skylight is for a flat roof. Don’t put a...

Duration:00:32:05

Windows and Doors

12/4/2019
Rick Bertolami, an owner of JB Sash and Door in Massachusetts, explains what you need to know about choosing your windows and doors for your project. Episode recapThe internet is a good place to start research on window options, but there isn’t a substitute for going to a showroom and seeing and touching the windows in person Types of windows that are available How to narrow down window choices? What are the advantages and disadvantage of triple glazed windows? Are windows really designed to...

Duration:00:31:56

How to get what you want

11/27/2019
How to get what you want- working with "a guy" In this short episode I answer a listener question about getting what you want from a project. When you don’t work with a licensed contractor, but hire “a guy” that has been recommended to you, how do you communicate the scope and the details of the job? Answer: Document what you want no matter who you are working with, be it a contractor or a jack-of-all-trades About this episode’s guest There is no guest this week, it’s just me answering a...

Duration:00:05:39

Lighting Design

11/20/2019
Episode Recap How layers of light work and why they’re helpful Ambient vs. task vs. accent lighting Why our eyes like varied rather than uniform light How we respond to various levels of illumination How different kinds of fixtures shed different shapes of light Recessed vs. flush vs. semi flush vs. sconce vs. lamp Color temperature and how it affects the ambience of a space Color rendering index (CRI) and why it’s way more important than most people know About this episode’s guest Kathryn...

Duration:00:29:23

Stress and the value of an architect

11/6/2019
Stress and the value of an architect British architect Debbie Bentley explains the emotional aspects of renovations and the value of hiring an architect. Episode Recap Many people underestimate the full psychological impact of renovating their house Financial issues will be raised What is the value of an architect? book about designing: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-House-Right-Marianne-Cusato/dp/1402791038 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-House-Right-Marianne-Cusato/dp/1402791038) About this...

Duration:00:19:39

Do you really need a contractor?

10/23/2019
Do you really need a contractor?Architect Karl Leabo explains why he believes that hiring a (good) contractor will save you headache, time and money. Episode RecapThe best outcome is when you hire a contractor early on in the design process Contracting your renovation can be a full time job, even a project that seems small. What restaurant would your contractor be? Some projects require a higher end contractor, some do not When calling for references, ask about their subcontractors Living in...

Duration:00:30:40

Real Estate and Renovations

10/23/2019
Real estate and Renovations Elizabeth Hayes is a realtor at Sotheby’s in Cambridge MA and she helps us understand what to look for if you’re hoping to buy a house that needs a major renovation. She also talks about how much to renovate in order to sell your house. Episode Recap What to look for if you are hoping to find a fixer-upper When should you not buy a house that needs a renovation? Should you renovate before you sell your house? Sustainable and environmentally friendly features are...

Duration:00:29:56

Where to start with your home renovation

10/23/2019
Where to start with your home renovationWalter Russell from Home Sweet Home Builders of Woburn MA joined me on this first episode to discuss how to get going with a project, Walter brings the perspective of a contractor in a discussion about how to kick off your home renovation. Episode RecapStep 1: Know what you want Step 2: Know what you can afford Our fictional homeowner is trying to figure out how to start a project that would be a two story addition, kitchen on the first floor and a...

Duration:00:24:49

Introduction to Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven

9/28/2019
This is a brief introduction to the new podcast. If you have questions about home renovations please send them to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations. Support this podcast

Duration:00:02:05