Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven

Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven
the professionals discuss all aspects of home renovations

Lead in the home
Feb 12 • 29 min
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…
Learning from the mistakes of others #2
Feb 5 • 21 min
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…
Jan 29 • 28 min
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…
Learning from the Mistakes of Others #1
Jan 22 • 17 min
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…
Environmentally Friendly Renovations #1
Jan 15 • 40 min
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…
Bath and Kitchen Fixtures
Jan 1 • 32 min
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…
Dec 18, 2019 • 32 min
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…
Windows and Doors
Dec 4, 2019 • 31 min
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…
How to get what you want
Nov 27, 2019 • 5 min
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…
Lighting Design
Nov 20, 2019 • 29 min
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…
Stress and the value of an architect
Nov 6, 2019 • 19 min
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…
Do you really need a contractor?
Oct 23, 2019 • 30 min
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…
Real Estate and Renovations
Oct 23, 2019 • 29 min
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…
Where to start with your home renovation
Oct 23, 2019 • 24 min
Walter Russell of Home Sweet Home Builders in Woburn MA gives a contractors perspective on how to get a project started. He talks about the value of building a team, ballpark pricing and who to call first when you are ready to begin your home renovation.
Introduction to Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven
Sep 28, 2019 • 2 min
This is a brief introduction to the new podcast. If you have questions about home renovations please send them to [email protected]