Focused mostly on remodeling, construction, wellness, real estate, sustainability. Also writes about lifestyle, COVID, pets, education. Bylines in AARP, Forbes.com, USAToday, Better Homes & Gardens.
A round up celebrating nine "pockets of joy" from the 2020 Best in American Living Awards.
The best home builders, architects, and designers turn houses into homes by creating spaces that bring energy, positivity, or a sense of calm to their occupants. And they do it in any number of ways, using proportion, light, natural elements, sculptural details, or a dash of whimsy.
Texas storms vs. Passive House construction: And the winner is...
Architect Trey Farmer shows how his Certified Passive House stood up to the massive storms that hit Texas in early 2021.
This story was also picked up and reprinted by Green Build Media.
When Kevin Yost began working from home last spring due to the pandemic, he set himself up at his San Francisco area home's dining room table. But with sensitive material on his laptop, he needed more privacy from his wife, who often worked from home, and two teenage children. Yost discovered a solution in his own backyard.
Why “Hang 10” when hanging 16 is even better? With their low center of gravity, your dog can make for a great surfing or SUP boarding companion this summer.
Since March, the pandemic has changed the way we live in our homes. In this article I interviewed architects and designers, including Alaina Money-Garman, whose firm helped develop a post-COVID home design that will address issues of indoor air quality, health and wellness.
Extensive research went into this article. I contacted homeowners, realtors, mortgage appraisers, and several national organizations such as the US Green Building Council, Home Energy Labeling Information eXchange, Pearl Certification and others to determine whether investing in features that can make a home energy-efficient and sustainable will bring a premium at resale.
When people think of renting, they typically imagine a unit in an apartment building or maybe a part of or even a whole house. They don’t usually think of a newly constructed house built with a renter — not a buyer —in mind. But there are a growing number of these build-to-rent single-family communities in the United States (about 6% of new single-family homes, according to real estate adviser RCLCO), including some in the Rochester area.
Ensuring business continuity in the era of climate change requires thinking ahead to potential worst-case weather scenarios, and budgeting accordingly.
If you were a business looking for a writer, would you hire Robin Flanigan or The Kinetic Pen? Holly Leber Simmons or Red Pen Editorial? Elna Cain or Innovative Ink?
Flanigan, Simmons, and Cain are all freelance writers whose business name is different from their own. Should you do the same?
WEBINAR ON DEMAND
The past decade has seen a decline in the number of subcontractors and trade partners due to a shortage in newer workers entering the industry, older workers aging out, and many businesses downsizing or disappearing during the Great Recession.
In this webinar, learn specific ways to nurture relationships with trade partners and subcontractors and keep them feeling part of the team. Highlights include:
-Ideas for how to show appreciation for subcontractors
-Why it’s a good idea to diversify your subcontractor base
-How to nurture those relationships going forward
While the idea that homes can be healthy places that nurture their inhabitants and promote wellness isn’t new, that idea is now being more sharply defined and codified in ways that could change building practices and further heighten consumer awareness—especially in light of the COVID-19 health crisis and people’s need to do more tasks at home.