Posts by BFM
TV Guide: Designing to accommodate your television
Clients often give me an odd look when I ask them if they are TV watchers. It’s an important question when designing a family room; some of our clients appear embarrassed or even apologetic about the desire to have a TV in their home and others consider their television the center of family life. Regardless of…Read More
Fun with color! Part III
Part III – Interior Colors In the last post we talked about selecting exterior colors. This post will focus on choosing interior colors. If you survived the process of selecting exterior colors for your home you will be relieved to know that there are several aspects of interior color selection that are much more…Read More
Fun with color! Part II
Part II – Exterior Colors Last month we talked about the benefits of a thoughtful color scheme, and how to get started. This month we will focus on choosing exterior colors. Most homeowners are surprised to learn just how many colors their house can accommodate without getting carried away or becoming garish. Consider the following…Read More
Fun with Color! A three part series on making the most of color in your home
Part I – Getting started With all of the fancy fixtures, finishes and materials to select in a typical home renovation project, the importance of your color palette is often overlooked The list of decisions and selections to make in a typical home renovation project can seem endless at times. While some of the more…Read More
Houzz-Hunting: A how-to guide to one of the most popular home design websites on the internet.
If you are looking to renovate or add to your home and you haven’t heard of houzz.com, you should check it out. Houzz is a website devoted to all things home design and renovation, from interiors to exteriors, fixtures, furnishings, and landscaping. If it has to do with the design of your home, you can…Read More
Design-Bid-Build vs. Design-Build?
It’s a pretty common question for homeowners considering a renovation, “Should I hire an architect and go the traditional design-bid-build route, or should I hire a design-builder?” The answer typically depends on a number of factors, including your budget, the complexity of the project, and your design aspirations for the finished home. Many of our…Read More
Design Tips For Creating The Perfect Kitchen
Renovating kitchens to meet your needs along with today’s design trends can be a challenge. Regardless of the age of your home, chances are that our attitudes towards the kitchen have evolved significantly since the time your house was built. Once seen as a utility space that should be hidden from other rooms at…Read More
Green your Lender?
Kenneth Harney pointed out in a March column in the Washington Post, an important fact about green building: green building construction and improvements do not result in changed appraisals or mortgage underwriting in the United States. This seems strange, given the emphasis of sustainability modifications widely marketed, available and adopted by American homeowners. There is…Read More
Better space instead of more space
Many home additions are conceived on the assumption that adding more space will solve all of the problems with your house. We often meet potential clients who are looking to manage clutter, make a kitchen more efficient, improve general flow, and fix any number of other problems; and most immediately assume the answer is more…Read More
Can I add to my home? Regulatory issues that impact the feasibility of a project
A home addition can be a great way to adapt your house to meet the changing needs of your family. There are several regulations that may impact the feasibility of an addition project. Many of these vary by jurisdiction and should be reviewed with a local design professional or code official to determine their impact…Read More
Improving the Curb Appeal of Your Home
Curb appeal is about more than just vanity. Aside from increasing the value of your home, a house with a strong exterior character will create a sense of place, enhance your pride in your home, and elevate the character of your entire neighborhood. Quality curb appeal transcends personal taste. Elements that make a house more…Read More
Building a Green House – First Things First
This is the first of a series on sustainability as related to green residential construction. Building a house is a once in a lifetime opportunity. While it entails risk, expense and hard work, the likelihood of success is good and will always be increased by the inclusion of an architect. Remember that many before you…Read More
Easy Tips for a Greener Home
There is no shortage of advice for making existing houses more energy efficient. Much of the advice comes from folks who sell services and equipment, so skepticism is appropriate – some investments make way more sense than others. While it is tempting to consider major changes like windows, new heating and cooling systems and any…Read More
Why Use an Architect?
So you’re considering building a new home or renovating an existing one. Where do you turn for help with this daunting endeavor? For a new home, mass marketed house plans are one option, but by their very nature they seek to homogenize housing into a one-size-fits-all package. Design/Build outfits are another alternative, and can be…Read More
Selecting an Architect
Starting a home renovation project can be daunting. For most people the first step is to select an architect, which can be an equally intimidating process. Consider asking the following questions when interviewing an architect: A. Design Vision 1. What are your initial thoughts about our design goals? What is your design philosophy with respect…Read More
Welcome to our blog!
Welcome to the BFM Blog! You might wonder why we are hosting a blog, and what we might possibly have to say. These are good questions; we hope that you will appreciate the answer… We love what we do! Whether tinkering with our own houses, or working with our clients, we can’t seem to get…Read More