Author Archives for Kara Wilson

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Shakespeare Knew What a Real Architect Was: a Design-Builder!
Published December 20, 2017 | By

Shakespeare Knew What a Real Architect Was: a Design-Builder! This is inspired by Dave’s research and drafts of his upcoming book about the rebirth of the architect in the design-build model. In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2 (this is the third of a four–play series), there is a scene where opponents of King Henry IV are conspiring and making… View Article

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Transparency and cost: do we have something to hide?
Published October 18, 2017 | By

What does remodeling cost? This is inspired by Dave’s research and drafts of his upcoming book about the rebirth of the architect in the design-build model. In my last blog post, I talked about the importance of remodelers knowing their costs as a foundation to being able to deliver a successful project. Understanding these costs helps ensure that the… View Article

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Closing the Gap in Remodeling
Published October 5, 2017 | By

Turning a Losing Game Into One Where Everyone Wins This is inspired by Dave’s research and drafts of his upcoming book about the rebirth of the architect in the design-build model.  The purpose of this blog is to isolate the gap that exists between creating a win-win proposition in remodeling and the present no-win situation that seems to… View Article

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6 Creative Kitchen Storage Ideas
Published August 1, 2017 | By

Kitchen storage inspiration! Kitchen storage is very important to keep your cabinets, drawers, and pantry in order. Nobody can enjoy a disorderly kitchen! How are you supposed to have fun making holiday cookies when you don’t know where the stand mixer went? Here are 6 great ways to keep your kitchen organized, and turn it… View Article

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Why Choose Design-Build?
Published July 18, 2017 | By

Why is design-build so expensive? Turns out, it’s actually not… This is an excerpt from Dave’s upcoming book about design-build and the design and construction industry.  I wish to lift as many spirits with spaces as possible with my career. My long-term aspirations are in large scale mixed-use real estate development. I completed a real… View Article

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Architectural Floor Plan Drawings
7 Questions You Must Ask an Architect
Published June 23, 2017 | By

How do you know if your architect is the right one? It can be really difficult to navigate the professional world of architecture and design. As a homeowner, it can be hard to come into the architecture industry and really differentiate between the various professionals out there that can produce a design for an addition,… View Article

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How to Choose Kitchen Countertop Materials
Published October 14, 2016 | By

Choosing the countertop material in a remodeling project can be one of the more confusing choices, as well as one that has a significant visual impact on the space that you’re remodeling. There are so many choices and it can be very difficult to differentiate between all the varied products that are out there. We put… View Article

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Top 6 Things to Childproof In Your Home!
Published September 9, 2016 | By

According to the CDC, around 2.3 million children are accidentally injured, with more than 2,500 killed each year. Children between the ages of 1 to 4 are more likely to be killed by an accident in the home than by a stranger’s violence. Childproofing your home can be a very important measure to make sure that… View Article

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The Lost Art of the Architect
Published July 13, 2016 | By

What is architecture, anyway? We are surrounded by it in the spaces we live, work and play in.  Just as a painting can be lousy, average, or great, so can architecture.  Greatness in architecture should be striven for, because it has the ability to impact life more than any other art-form. Cost, schedule, and the details of how… View Article

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Room to Dream: Janice’s Project
Published June 8, 2016 | By

NEDC recently partnered with SmartCoats and EMNARI to completely remodel a room for a child who suffers from a chronic medical condition through the Room to Dream Foundation. This year, we worked with Janice Alvarenga and her family to create a separate living space within her parents’ bedroom for her to sleep, as well as… View Article

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