22 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
    • 5.0, 21 Ratings

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 #3

    Learning from the Mistakes of Others #3

    Experienced project manager Will White gives his best tips about scheduling your job, the importance of avoiding change orders, befriending the building inspector and more.


    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. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above.


    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/)


    Music at the beginning and end of the episode 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/)


    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, how to get going with your home renovation zoom classes and a monthly artist chat- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/)


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

    • 33 min
    Psychology of Space, part 2

    Psychology of Space, part 2

    Kathryn Goldenoak of Spring Green Interior Design continues her advice in this episode on how to fix spaces that aren't working in your house.


    About this episode's guest:


    Kathryn Goldenoak is an interior designer, founder of Spring Green Interior Design in Arlington MA: ”Good design should speak to the heart of the occupant. Functionality is not enough; in order to delight the spirit, a space must also resonate with its daily inhabitants on a personal level. My passion is creating homes that celebrate and reflect the unique interests and tastes of each client.” She can be reached at  http://www.springgreendesign.com (http://www.springgreendesign.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. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above.


    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/)


    Music at the beginning and end of the episode 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/)


    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, how to get going with your home renovation zoom classes and a monthly artist chat- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/)


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

    • 31 min
    The Psychology of Space, part 1

    The Psychology of Space, part 1

    Interior designer Kathryn Goldenoak is back, speaking to us about how humans react to spaces and why. How can we take this knowledge and make our homes somewhere that make us feel good?


    About this episode's guest:


    Kathryn Goldenoak is an interior designer, founder of Spring Green Interior Design in Arlington MA: ”Good design should speak to the heart of the occupant. Functionality is not enough; in order to delight the spirit, a space must also resonate with its daily inhabitants on a personal level. My passion is creating homes that celebrate and reflect the unique interests and tastes of each client.” She can be reached at  http://www.springgreendesign.com (http://www.springgreendesign.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. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and a rating. I would really appreciate any of the above.


    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/)


    Music at the beginning and end of the episode 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/)


    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. We've got a log of exciting events coming up, including Reading with Architects (book discussion) Saturday Morning Coffee Chats, How to get going with your home renovation webinars- learn more at www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/)


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

    • 29 min
    Rethinking home spaces

    Rethinking home spaces

    When it comes to what the future may hold, I have no idea. A friend described this feeling as "standing at the edge of what I know".


    I feel more comfortable sticking to what I know, which is residential spaces. Personally I am giving some thought to what homes of the future might include. 


    This is a solo episode, just me sharing some thoughts on-


    Home offices reimagined


    Homeschooling spaces


    Food and dry good storage


    Enhanced front halls with washing elements


    Let’s say you’re ready to start documenting your renovation thoughts with a professional. Can you do that now? Is it the right time? Only one way to find out- ask the design professional you were hoping to work with what their plan is for this quarantine. I’m working over zoom as I have been doing since 2018 and it is working well.


    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 Facebook - Talking Home Renovations


    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)

    • 15 min
    Installing solar panels on your home

    Installing solar panels on your home

    Have you thought about getting solar but you don’t know where to start looking for an installer, don’t know what to think of those people who come to your house selling solar panels, don’t know how much it is going to cost or if your house is a good candidate? Should you include solar in your renovation plans? Listen to this episode with Malcolm Littlefield who fills me in on the solar details. 


    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.


    Write a review!  If you like the show, write a review so others will give it a try. If you don’t like the show- send me an email instead and let me know how I can improve. 


    Chat with me! Join my new Facebook group- Talking Home Renovations together.  


    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/)


    This podcast is produced by my architecture firm dEmios Architects www.demiosarchitects.com (http://www.demiosarchitects.com/) . Check out the website for my virtual offerings and other useful information


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


    Thanks for listening!

    • 38 min
    Mold in the home

    Mold in the home

    3rd episode in the three part series on lead, asbestos and mold in the home with Ron Peik of Alpine Environmental (https://www.alpine-environmental.com)


    Do you have mold issues at your house? Are you ready to address the underlying issues? Listen to this episode about mold with expert Ron Peik and learn what you can do to improve your indoor air quality before and after a renovation.


    About this week's guest: Ron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a focus on thermodynamics, HCAC systems and indoor air quality. He worked for tow years as a civilian engineer for the US Air Force before getting into the environmental remediation industry in 1988. He founded Alpine Environmental with his father, Ed Peik, in 1991. Ron served as president of the Leand and Environmental Hazards Association (LEHA), a national industry organization, from 2013 to 2016. He is council- certified by the ACAC for Microbial Remediation and a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association. He is also active in several New England area contracting associations, including the Eastern MA chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) where is both a board member and Government Affairs Committee co-chair. Ron has been featured as a lead paint and mold remediation expert on episodes of PBS's "This Old House." His dedication and professionalism have earned him a great deal of respect in the contracting world. Outside of Alpine, Ron has a very active family life, enjoying outdoor activities and traveling with his wife and their five children.


    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 Facebook or 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/)

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

amherstpal ,

Informative, thoughtful and witty.

Just the perfect entertainment for these uncertain times.

Cambridgemaison ,

The House Maven is a great resource.

I love Katharine’s easy going interview style and wit. She and her guests are so knowledgeable. I highly recommend digging into these episodes before embarking renovations or just for fun. As Katharine says it’s okay to dream!

Mbvegnani ,

Great info!

Katharine provides keen insight on the “ins and outs” of renovations. I enjoy listening to her guest speakers and learn something new with every episode. As a owner of an antique home we are constantly renovating and repairing so all of her advice is appreciated!

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