Bridget McCrea is a freelance writer based in Dunedin, Fla.
Built in 1922, the Orlando, Fla., home was located a few blocks from the city's historic section. The homeowners wanted to add modern conveniences and decor, yet retain the home's original look and feel. They tapped Victor Farina, president of Farina and Sons, in Orlando, to find a way to mesh these goals. Farina, in turn, called an interior designer experienced in historic renovations.
Every Saturday morning around 7 a.m. remodelers Pat, Sandra, and Ben Thompson get in their cars and head not to a jobsite or their office, but to News-radio WOOD 1300, where the trio has hosted “The Home Improvement Show with the Thompsons” for the last four years.
Jeff Knorr doesn't like to keep clients guessing, nor does he want to put his company in a position of being sued by a disgruntled homeowner whose expectations haven't been met. So the president of Flagstaff, Ariz.-based JKC launched a system three years ago to inform clients of a remodeling project's progress using a third party.
Thomas Buckborough signed up for a two-day class given by John Abrams at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, Vt. As president and design director at Thomas Buckborough Associates in Acton, Mass., he was looking forward to hearing about some new ideas and initiatives that could help him run his architectural design, build, and remodeling firm.
After a fire ravaged a pair of Victorian flats that Vicky Berol owned, she decided to take an alternate route when renovating them. Rather than hit the local Lowe's or The Home Depot for materials, she went in search of artifacts, old fixtures, and antique hardware that would create a traditional sense of place at the newly overhauled dwelling.