12 episodes

Are you planning a home renovation and worried that you don’t know what you are doing? Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is an educational and entertaining podcast that will ease your fears. Join architect Katharine MacPhail as she interviews contractors, vendors, other architects and homeowners and gathers tips and cautionary tales about home renovations. Learn about materials, what to expect, what to avoid and how to make the most of the money that you will spend on your renovation.

Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven Katharine White MacPhail

    • Home & Garden

Are you planning a home renovation and worried that you don’t know what you are doing? Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is an educational and entertaining podcast that will ease your fears. Join architect Katharine MacPhail as she interviews contractors, vendors, other architects and homeowners and gathers tips and cautionary tales about home renovations. Learn about materials, what to expect, what to avoid and how to make the most of the money that you will spend on your renovation.

    Learning from the Mistakes of Others #1

    Learning from the Mistakes of Others #1

    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 word!

    Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that.

    Chat with me! Join the community on Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone:  https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX)

    Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT

    Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/)

    The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/)

    Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/)

    If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/)

    Email questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com (mailto:thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com)

    • 17 min
    Environmentally Friendly Renovations #1

    Environmentally Friendly Renovations #1

    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 like to change. Are there areas in your house that are under-used? These days that is often the formal dining room. Can you change how you think about your spaces and alter them to suit your needs? Many clients are looking for extra room as their children grow, but once they fully grow you will no longer have the space issue. Instead of building onto your house, think about temporary creative solutions. If you need more space for occasional guests, is there a nearby hotel or air bob that they could use? Everyone likes a little bit of space during a visit and would cost a lot less in the long run. Will you stay in the house until you are quite old, intending to age in place? You can plan for that now by increasing door widths and hallways- for example. Since you are investing in your house, make sure it is a place you can easily adapt to as you age. 

    Climate Change 

    How will the climate in your area change in the years to come? Massachusetts will be getting much more rain and will have more freeze/thaw issues. How do we plan for that? A renown building scientists states that there are 3 issues that affect the longevity of your home, water, water and water. So if your in a climate which is going to have more wet weather, start thinking about how your going to keep the water out of your home. Simple roof design, with minimal junctions, as junctions are what fail in building material. Roof overhangs, bigger gutters, more down spouts, and a plan to keep water away from foundations. At the same time, the water will need to stay on your property and not run over to the neighbor's. In densely populated areas this may mean installing an underground system. It will be easier to implement all of that during your renovation rather than combatting the problems later. d

    Remember how our grandparents use to live. 

    ïThe hall vestibule as an airlock between out doors and in. 

    ïCurtains over the front door, to keep the heat in.

    ïBooks on the external wall.

    ïShoes off inside a building… Make sure you have a shoe closet of else you fall over everyone’s shoes. Less dirt in the house=less chemicals=improved indoor air quality

    Use windows wisely

    No more than 30 percent of your walls should be windows so pick where they go carefully. Consider restoring or rebuilding your original windows and add storms- you don’t need to replace them with vinyl windows. Maximize your views of nature as that will improve mental health.

    Recommended reading:

    Welcome to your world : Sarah Williams Goldhagen 

    https://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Your-World-Environment-Shapes/dp/0061957801

    Lily Bernheimer: The Shaping of Us. 

    https://www.amazon.com/Shaping-Us-Everyday-Structure-Well-Being/dp/1595348727/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+shaping+of+us&qid=1578417465&s=books&sr=1-1 (https://www.amazon.com/Shaping-Us-Everyday-Structure-Well-Being/dp/1595348727/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+shaping+of+us&qid=1578417465&s=books&sr=1-1)

    The architecture of happiness: Alain Bottom 

    https://www.amazon.com/Architecture-Happiness-Alain-Botton/dp/0307277240/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+architecture+of+happiness&qid=1578417523&s=books&sr=1-1 (https://www.amazon.com/Architecture-Happiness-Alain-Botton/dp/0307277240/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+architecture+of+happiness&qid=1578417523&s=books&sr=1-1)

    Professional Global Network : Salus : https://www.salus.global (https://www.salus.global)

    What is the future of home design?

    We are starting to think of the embedded carbon in the materials that we use to create buildings and their impact on global emissions. Taking one example of a common building material, the concrete

    • 40 min
    Bath and Kitchen Fixtures

    Bath and Kitchen Fixtures

    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 internet or a big box store?

    What to look for when choosing fixtures

    Is there really a $10,000 toilet? What is the difference between that and a $400 toilet?

    Trends in bath fixtures right now

    Ideas for an environmentally friendly bathroom

    How to make your bathroom feel like a spa

    About this episode’s guest

    As the third generation owner of Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, Jason Sevinor’s entrepreneurial spirit was inherited from his father, Ralph and grandfather, Bill, whose hard work and dedication grew a small plumbing supplier into the successful specialty kitchen, bath and plumbing supply company it is today. With an emphasis on exceptional customer service, Designer Bath embodies the very best of family-owned business practices and continues to thrive under Jason’s current leadership.

    Prior to taking over his father Ralph’s title as President in 2008, Jason worked in various roles throughout the company, including showroom and counter sales, operations and warehouse. 

    He attended the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in marketing, human resource management and psychology. Following graduation and prior to joining the family business, he completed a plumbing supplier management-training program in Maryland.

    A frequent guest speaker and panelist at design, kitchen/bath and plumbing trade conferences, Jason mentors industry members and advises entrepreneurs on best practices and career development.

    Outside of the kitchen and bath world, Jason is an avid runner and donates his time and resources to support the communities of Boston’s North Shore, as well as causes close to him and his family, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and the Northshore Medical Center and its annual Cancer Walk. He resides in Beverly with his wife and two young sons.

    Visit the Designer Bath website at www.designerbath.com

    Help me spread the word!

    Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that.

    Chat with me! Join the community on Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone:  https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX)

    Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT

    Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/)

    The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/)

    Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/)

    If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/)

    Email questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com (mailto:thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com)

    • 32 min
    Skylights

    Skylights

    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 conditioning

    Modern skylights have UV blocking glass

    Learning from mistakes of others- use the right skylight for the right application. A deck mounted skylight is for a pitched roof. A curb mounted skylight is for a flat roof. 

    Don’t put a brand new roof around an old skylight, they are part of the same roofing system. 

    Help me spread the word!Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that.

    Chat with me! Join the community on Flick, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone:  https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX)

    Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT

    Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/)

    The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/)

    Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/)

    If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/)

    Email questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com (mailto:thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com)

    • 32 min
    Windows and Doors

    Windows and Doors

    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 substitute for going to a showroom and seeing and touching the windows in person

    Types of windows that are available

    How to narrow down window choices?

    What are the advantages and disadvantage of triple glazed windows?

    Are windows really designed to fail after 15 years?

    What is the difference between insert replacement windows and a tilt pack replacement window? 

    What to look for in an interior door

    About this episode’s guest

    Rick Bertolami is an owner of JB Sash and Door in Chelsea, MA.  www.jbsash.com (http://www.jbsash.com) .  

    Learning from the mistakes of othersDon't have the first time you see your new window be when they are installed in your house.

    Help me spread the word!

    Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that.

    Chat with me! Join the community on Flick Chat, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone:  https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX)

    Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT

    Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/)

    The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/)

    Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/)

    If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/)

    Email questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com (mailto:thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com)

    • 31 min
    How to get what you want

    How to get what you want

    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 communicate the scope and the details of the job? 

    Answer:  Document what you want no matter who you are working with, be it a contractor or a jack-of-all-trades

    About this episode’s guest

    There is no guest this week, it’s just me answering a question.

    Help me spread the word!

    Send a link to this show to 3 of your friends who you think could use information about home renovations. I would really appreciate that.

    Chat with me! Join the community on Flick Chat, a podcasting chat app. You can ask questions, chat with other listeners about your project, new products, and more! The app is free, download it wherever you get apps and then open this code on your phone:  https://flickchat.page.link/rohX (https://flickchat.page.link/rohX)

    Join our mailing list! Get insider information and other exciting news http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT

    Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com (http://www.raybernoff.com/)

    The music is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel www.hannekecassel.com (http://www.hannekecassel.com/)

    Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com (http://www.samowhite.com/)

    If you need architectural advice, contact me through my website at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/)

    Email questions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com (mailto:thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com)

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

DophisD ,

Easy to listen to, lots to learn

Katharine does a great job of asking the questions we want answers to and guiding the conversation knowledgeably and with humor.

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