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Architect Carmel Greer discusses the nitty-gritty of residential construction. From finding the right contractor to financing your project to dealing with the problems that arise on your job-site, this is a podcast focused on how to make your project happen successfully. Carmel's work has been featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Domino, and many other publications, but she prides herself on bringing a practical and down-to-earth attitude to projects large and small. Have a comment or qu ...
 
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In this episode, we'll discuss the process for getting your kitchen counters selected, ordered, and installed, as well as the merits of various counter materials. There are a lot of options to consider, and each option has different characteristics in terms of durability, cost, and aesthetics. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments se…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss what to consider when buying your secondary kitchen appliances. Hoods, in particular, can cause job-site delay and confusion. It's easy to delay these smaller kitchen decisions, but they can impact your project timeline as much as the more major appliance decisions! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments…
 
One key way to keep your project on schedule is to finalize your appliance selections as early as possible. We'll discuss things to consider about each of these selections. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can follow our work on …
 
When it comes to selecting kitchen cabinets, there can be a bewildering number of choices. In this episode, we'll discuss how to hone in on the cabinets that are right for you, and make sure that the cabinet selection and ordering process doesn't derail your project's timeline! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or …
 
In this episode, we'll discuss some big-picture issues you should consider before embarking on a kitchen renovation or designing the kitchen for your new house. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can follow our work on instagram @c…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss some practical considerations for your home gym or workout area, and how to make it a space you will enjoy, and, hopefully, use! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can follow our work on instagram @ca…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss some things to think about when planning your basement rec spaces. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can follow our work on instagram @carmelgreer. Thanks for listening!…
 
In this episode, I'll answer listener questions ranging from how COVID is affecting construction sites and timelines to advice for young architects and designers, and more. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can follow our work on …
 
In this episode, we'll discuss creating an accessory dwelling unit. This can mean a basement apartment, an "in-law suite", a garage apartment, or even a tiny house. There is a lot to consider as you embark on this project. Construction of ADU's is often well worth it, but it can be trickier than you might anticipate. Please feel free to leave a que…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss the pros and cons of various basement floors. Basement floors are trickier than other floors because there is humidity and sometimes bumpiness to contend with. Hopefully, this episode helps you make the right choice! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you a…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss the ways you can get more ceiling height in your basement. Some, like moving pipes to raise the ceiling, are relatively simple. Others, like underpinning, are major structural endeavors! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm work…
 
If you are building a new house, the last thing you want is a soggy basement. In this episode, we'll discuss some things to double-check - particularly if you live in a wet area or have a difficult site. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on current…
 
In this episode, we'll walk through some simple, inexpensive, commonsensical strategies for addressing a problematic wet basement in an old house. We'll also discuss what to do if you need a more invasive solution. In the next few episodes, we'll discuss how to get a great basement design, but, first, it needs to be dry! Please feel free to leave a…
 
In this episode, we'll talk about strategies to deal with a project that is over budget. It's important to cut costs in a way that is strategic and doesn't cause major inconveniences down the road! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, yo…
 
In Episode 4, we discussed how to come up with a big picture budget for your project. In this episode, we'll talk about how to make a detailed budget for your project. Please go to the show's website to use the sample spreadsheet discussed in the episode - www.ontimeunderbudgetwithlove.com! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments secti…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss how to best part ways with your designer. This is the last of the 'firing' episodes. Hopefully, these episodes emphasize the need to hire carefully in the first place, and fire thoughtfully if you must! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested …
 
Hopefully, you are listening to this episode before you've even hired the architect, because you'll learn that it really isn't so easy to replace the architect on a project. We'll discuss the ins and outs of when and how to fire the architect if you must! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. …
 
In this episode, I'll answer questions ranging from where to source vintage furniture to how to make a vegetable garden look nice! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can follow our work on instagram @carmelgreer. Thanks for listeni…
 
You really, really, really don't want to have to do this, but if you are in a situation where you must fire your contractor, this episode is here to help. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can follow our work on instagram @carmelg…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss jobsite conflict . . . how not to have it! When things aren't going as planned or are taking too long, it's easy to feel that getting mad is appropriate. But that usually causes the situation to escalate and creates mutual mistrust. There is usually a better way! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments se…
 
Roof decks are a popular way to get outdoor space in cities. In this episode, we'll discuss what you should consider when planning your roof deck. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can follow our work on instagram @carmelgreer. Th…
 
In this episode, we'll talk about 'green design' from a big picture perspective. This is a big topic, and we won't cover every facet of it in this episode, but we'll look at how it can impact the design of your home. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm worki…
 
Replacing your windows and doors sounds like a simple proposition, but it can actually be quite confusing to navigate through the various options. Windows and doors are also expensive, so you want to be sure you get the most appropriate solution once and for all. In this episode, we'll discuss the various types of windows and doors and their relati…
 
As summer approaches, friends and clients have been asking about the ins and outs of installing a pool. In this episode, we'll discuss types of pools, equipment, covers, and some tips to make the process smoother. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working …
 
In this episode, we'll talk about tips, pitfalls, and general suggestions for working with a professional interior designer. In Part II, we'll talk all about DIY interior design hacks! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can follow …
 
In this episode, we'll discuss how to get the landscape you want as well as some common mistakes I see clients make when it comes to landscape installation. We'll look at the differences between hiring a landscape architect, a design-install company, and a more do-it-yourself approach. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, h…
 
In this episode, we'll go over suggestions and tips to improve your home's interior without a professional interior designer. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can follow our work on instagram @carmelgreer. Thanks for listening!…
 
In this episode, I'll answer questions ranging from the best way to replace windows in an old house to how to navigate away from a project that will look immediately dated to the relative merits of different house sizes. We'll end by discussing how to make a comfortable home office. Thank you for all the questions - please keep sending them! Please…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss whether you should move out of your house for your renovations. We'll also go through tips to consider if you decide to stay and live through the construction! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can f…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss what you should expect and prepare for in the final mile of your project! The final phases of a project are when all the visible work occurs; it is also when you and the contractor are most likely to feel 'over' the project and ready to move on. It's important to stay focused and ensure you take the time to make the r…
 
This week's podcast discusses everything you need to know about the framing and rough-in phases of construction. It may sound a bit boring to non-construction nerds, but understanding what's happening and being prepared for these phases of construction can really help keep your project on schedule and running smoothly. Please feel free to leave a q…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss what you should expect and be aware of before construction starts and during demolition if you are renovating a house. If you are building a house or doing an addition, we'll go over what to expect when your foundation is being poured. We'll also take a look at what you should do to prepare for framing. Please feel fr…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss the design phases that most architects divide projects into. We'll also discuss when it's best to make major design changes, and how to be an amazing client so that your architect can devote their energy into perfecting your project. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our faceboo…
 
A lot of people describe their construction project as a low point in their marriage, yet there aren't a lot of resources that specifically address the challenges relationships face during construction. In this episode, we are going to break down some common problems and look at practical strategies for keeping the peace! Please feel free to leave …
 
In this episode, we will discuss how to hire the right contractor. We'll go over some red flags to be cautious of, and what questions you should ask references. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in what I'm working on currently, you can follow my work on instagram @ca…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss how to hire the right architect for your project. We'll also discuss some little-known pitfalls of hiring the wrong architect and go over questions to ask the architect and questions to ask their references during the interview process. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our face…
 
In this episode, I'll be answering your questions. We'll talk about whether it matters if you get drawings from an architect VS a drafter, whether it's smart to hire a design-build firm, whether it's a good idea to do your project in phases, and what to do if workers are not showing up to your job site. Keep the questions coming! Please feel free t…
 
This is an entire podcast episode devoted to how construction loans work. Thrilling, right? But understanding some of the nuances and pitfalls of construction loans is actually key to a smooth and cost-effective construction process. In this episode, we'll explore broadly how a construction loan is administered and some issues to be cognizant of be…
 
It this episode we are going to discuss how to pay for your project. From the obvious (cash) to the relative merits of cash-out refinances VS home equity lines of credit VS construction loans, we'll run through some things you'll want to consider. Episode 9 will dive deeper into construction loans, so stay tuned! Please feel free to leave a questio…
 
In this episode, we'll discuss approximately how long your project will take and the need for a "time contingency". We'll also discuss common sources of delays and the need to plan carefully if you need to move out of your house. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook group. If you are interested in w…
 
Soft costs describe the costs that are not strictly construction costs - like your architect, engineers, permit fees, etc. When you are making a preliminary budget, it's easy to overlook these fees and expenses. We'll do a quick run-down of what you might expect. Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook…
 
Understanding and respecting your project team is going to get you a better result at a better price with happier vibes all around. In this episode, we'll discuss the contractor's perspective and the architect's perspective. We'll also discuss some do's and don'ts so that you can get your project started on the right foot. Please feel free to leave…
 
At the beginning of a construction project, there is often a chicken-egg situation: you need to know how much the project will cost before you can decide to do the project, but no one will give you an exact price until you have drawings of what you hope to build. In this episode, we'll explore how to get rough pricing so that you can decide whether…
 
Purchasing land or a buildable lot can be much trickier than it seems. Here we'll cover topics you should research to make sure that you fully understand the rules surrounding what you are allowed to build. We'll discuss what professionals you may need to hire in order to make sure you've thoroughly done your due diligence. Building a house is the …
 
You may already own the home you plan to renovate, but, if you don't, here are some pointers and pitfalls! Doing a renovation requires a substantial investment of time, energy, and money. It's important to make sure that the house you select warrants the effort! Please feel free to leave a question in the comments section, here, or in our facebook …
 
While most of this podcast will focus on how to successfully navigate the renovation and construction process, in this episode, we'll discuss a few scenarios where it might just be best to abort mission and find a different house! I promise we'll get into the actual construction part soon . . . Please feel free to leave a question in the comments s…
 
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