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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//Gabl Media

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    • 5.0 • 58 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.

    Smart Old House Case Study Part 1- Scope of Work

    Smart Old House Case Study Part 1- Scope of Work

    In this episode I'm joined by Michael MacPhail to discuss the Smart Old House Case Study. Michael and I are buying this house and are planning to make it not only our home but also the case study for our new renovation company in which we are going to renovate old homes and get them prepared for the next 100 years. We've got a lot of issues to tackle and I'm looking forward to working through them and sharing that on the show.
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    Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show.http://www.raybernoff.com/ ( www.RayBernoff.com)
    Music at the beginning and end of the episode is The House Maven's Jig, written and performed by Neil Pearlman, https://neilpearlman.com/ (www.neilpearlman.com)
    Show Cover Art by Sam Whitehttp://www.samowhite.com/ ( www.samowhite.com)
    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects.http://www.demiosarchitects.com/ ( www.demiosarchitects.com)
    Thank you to BQE, the makers of BQE CORE for their support of this episode of Talking Home Renovations.
    Start implementing powerful systems for the profitability you need and the freedom you want.
    Join Douglas Tieger, FAIA for the next Designing Your Business Masterclass, brought to you by
    BQE CORE. Every live masterclass session is free and includes AIA continuing education
    credit. Register now at bqe.com/masterclass.

    • 18 min
    Season 4 Trailer, Next Level

    Season 4 Trailer, Next Level

    In this season of Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven we are going to take it to the next level. Using my new (old) house as a renovation case study, we will be looking at renewing noteworthy homes with the future in mind. Old friends will be joining us again, stay tuned!

    • 1 min
    Attract Good Contractors and other tips with Van Sturgeon

    Attract Good Contractors and other tips with Van Sturgeon

    Would you like to increase the chances of finding a contractor who is eager to work on your project? Real estate investor and long time contractor Van Sturgeon joined me to discuss being a contractor magnet and other tips for a smooth renovation.
    About our guest:
    Van Sturgeon is an experienced entrepreneur of over 30 years, who has successfully created several businesses in the real estate industry that cover areas of land acquisition, development, management, construction and renovation. Van personally owns over 1,000 properties across North America, and is semi-retired from the day to day operations of his businesses. Van is passionate in helping homeowners and real estate investors overcome their fears of house renovations/rehabbing, and loves to be actively involved in helping people reach their goals.
    www.van sturgeon.com
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    Follow me on instagram: @talkinghomerenovations
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    Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is part of Gabl Media, the largest, most engaged AEC network on the planet. Visit http://www.gablmedia.com/ (www.Gablmedia.com) for great content.
    Sign up for the weekly newsletter- I send out the episode enhancements every Wednesday morning, http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT ( sign up here)
    Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show.http://www.raybernoff.com/ ( www.RayBernoff.com)
    Music at the beginning and end of the episode is The House Maven's Jig, written and performed by Neil Pearlman, https://neilpearlman.com/ (www.neilpearlman.com)
    Show Cover Art by Sam Whitehttp://www.samowhite.com/ ( www.samowhite.com)
    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects.http://www.demiosarchitects.com/ ( www.demiosarchitects.com)
    Thank you to BQE, the makers of BQE CORE for their support of this episode of Talking Home Renovations.
    Start implementing powerful systems for the profitability you need and the freedom you want.
    Join Douglas Tieger, FAIA for the next Designing Your Business Masterclass, brought to you by
    BQE CORE. Every live masterclass session is free and includes AIA continuing education
    credit. Register now at bqe.com/masterclass.

    • 39 min
    Design for Real People

    Design for Real People

    Lee Noel Chase joined me for this episode to talk about the design process and deepening human connection.
    About our guest:
    Artisan-architect pioneering a heart-centered approach to residential design. 25+ years creating compelling custom high-end residential architecture. Her pursuit to connect with homeowner's feelings about home consistently yields unique, meaningful, beautiful houses. Early career accomplishments include bench-fabrication, by hand, of museum-quality architectural detail for historic buildings nationwide. Subsequently she managed teams of skilled artisans at three elite construction companies. Her design work integrates homeowner's heartfelt emotional desires with their personal living spaces.
    Lee Noel lives outside of Boston with her school-age son. They both love to make things.
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    Thanks so much for being with us this week. Please see the episode enhancement for this and other episodes athttps://www.talkinghomerenovations.com/ ( talkinghomerenovations.com)
    Do you have feedback you would like to share? Would you like to be a guest on the podcast? Email me at thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
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    Reviews and ratings help my show gain traction and credibility. Please leave a review here-https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-home-renovations-with-the-house-maven/id1481716218 ( https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-home-renovations-with-the-house-maven/id1481716218)
    Visithttps://my.captivate.fm/www.Talkinghomerenovations.com ( Talkinghomerenovations.com) for episode enhancements, containing photos and more information about the episodes as well as transcripts. There you can leave a voice message through speak pipe that could be included in a future episode.
    Follow me on instagram: @talkinghomerenovations
    Join me on Facebook: Talking Home Renovations
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    Join me on TikTok: @The House Maven
    Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is part of Gabl Media, the largest, most engaged AEC network on the planet. Visit http://www.gablmedia.com/ (www.Gablmedia.com) for great content.
    Sign up for the weekly newsletter- I send out the episode enhancements every Wednesday morning, http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT ( sign up here)
    Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show.http://www.raybernoff.com/ ( www.RayBernoff.com)
    Music at the beginning and end of the episode is The House Maven's Jig, written and performed by Neil Pearlman, https://neilpearlman.com/ (www.neilpearlman.com)
    Show Cover Art by Sam Whitehttp://www.samowhite.com/ ( www.samowhite.com)
    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects.http://www.demiosarchitects.com/ ( www.demiosarchitects.com)
    Thank you to BQE, the makers of BQE CORE for their support of this episode of Talking Home Renovations.
    Start implementing powerful systems for the profitability you need and the freedom you want.
    Join Douglas Tieger, FAIA for the next Designing Your Business Masterclass, brought to you by
    BQE CORE. Every live masterclass session is free and includes AIA continuing education
    credit. Register now at bqe.com/masterclass.

    • 44 min
    Going all electric

    Going all electric

    In Massachusetts there is an effort to get a million homes to be all electric by 2030. What is that going to mean, and why does it matter? I found Ben Butterworth in a Boston Globe article about electrification of Massachusetts houses from August 2021. He had had some resistance when trying to remove his existing system and I wanted to talk to him about how he achieved his goals.
    About our guest:
    Ben Butterworth has been working in the clean energy and climate policy space for the past decade and currently serves as the Senior Manager of Climate and Energy Analysis at Acadia Center, based in their Boston office. Acadia Center is a nonprofit advocacy organization whose mission is to advance bold, effective, and equitable clean energy solutions for a livable climate and a stronger, more equitable economy. Ben’s work includes managing and conducting research and analysis in support of Acadia Center’s initiatives and state implementation efforts, on topics including energy efficiency in buildings, electrification of buildings, and the phaseout of the northeast’s reliance on natural gas.
    Prior to Acadia Center, Ben was a Senior Associate at the Cadmus Group and a Senior Consultant at DNV. In these two energy-focused consulting roles, Ben worked with a diverse set of clients – including city, county, and state governments, community choice aggregations, and corporations – to develop implementable solutions to complex climate and energy issues. Ben’s interdisciplinary work experience in the climate and energy space has led him to develop technical areas of focus in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, thermal decarbonization, and electric vehicles. He also has extensive experience in greenhouse gas quantification, scenario analysis, and policy cost-benefit analysis. Ben holds a Master’s of Environmental Management with a focus on Energy and Climate Policy from the Yale School of the Environment and a BS in Environmental Science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
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    I'm pretty excited that we've officially reached the 100 episode milestone. We have a huge amount of content at this point and I hope you are all finding it useful!
    Thanks so much for being with us this week. Please see the episode enhancement for this and other episodes athttps://www.talkinghomerenovations.com/ ( talkinghomerenovations.com)
    Do you have feedback you would like to share? Would you like to be a guest on the podcast? Email me at thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends
    Don’t forget to subscribe to the show and get automatic updates every Wednesday morning with the latest episode of Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven.
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    Visithttps://my.captivate.fm/www.Talkinghomerenovations.com ( Talkinghomerenovations.com) for episode enhancements, containing photos and more information about the episodes as well as transcripts. There you can leave a voice message through speak pipe that could be included in a future episode.
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    • 33 min
    Renovation Story- Two Architects and Their Second Floor

    Renovation Story- Two Architects and Their Second Floor

    Architect Neal Pann tells the story of the renovation he and his wife undertook many years ago at their family home. He learned some lessons through some struggles, but ended up with a transformed and beautiful house (see the episode enhancement).
    About our guest:
    Neal Pann is an architect and podcaster from Livermore, CA. He has a broad range of experience in architectural project types and is also the founder of Apple for Architects.
    appleforarchitects.com
    Instagram- @Nealp
    Inside the Apple Studio, hosted by Neal Pann, is a podcast from Apple for Architects, the source for everything you need to know about using Apple products in the practice of architecture. The show features conversations with architects to learn how they use Apple products. New episodes are released fortnightly on Sunday.
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    Thanks so much for being with us this week. Please see the episode enhancement for this and other episodes athttps://www.talkinghomerenovations.com/ ( talkinghomerenovations.com)
    Do you have feedback you would like to share? Would you like to be a guest on the podcast? Email me at thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends
    Don’t forget to subscribe to the show and get automatic updates every Wednesday morning with the latest episode of Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven.
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    Reviews and ratings help my show gain traction and credibility. Please leave a review here-https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-home-renovations-with-the-house-maven/id1481716218 ( https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-home-renovations-with-the-house-maven/id1481716218)
    Visithttps://my.captivate.fm/www.Talkinghomerenovations.com ( Talkinghomerenovations.com) for episode enhancements, containing photos and more information about the episodes as well as transcripts. There you can leave a voice message through speak pipe that could be included in a future episode.
    Follow me on instagram: @talkinghomerenovations
    Join me on Facebook: Talking Home Renovations
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    Join me on TikTok: @The House Maven
    Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is part of Gabl Media, the largest, most engaged AEC network on the planet. Visit http://www.gablmedia.com/ (www.Gablmedia.com) for great content.
    Sign up for the weekly newsletter- I send out the episode enhancements every Wednesday morning, http://eepurl.com/gFJLlT ( sign up here)
    Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show.http://www.raybernoff.com/ ( www.RayBernoff.com)
    Music at the beginning and end of the episode is The House Maven's Jig, written and performed by Neil Pearlman, https://neilpearlman.com/ (www.neilpearlman.com)
    Show Cover Art by Sam Whitehttp://www.samowhite.com/ ( www.samowhite.com)
    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects.http://www.demiosarchitects.com/ ( www.demiosarchitects.com)
    Thank you to BQE, the makers of BQE CORE for their support of this episode of Talking Home Renovations.
    Start implementing powerful systems for the profitability you need and the freedom you want.
    Join Douglas Tieger, FAIA for the next Designing Your Business Masterclass, brought to you by
    BQE CORE. Every live masterclass session is free and includes AIA continuing education
    credit. Register now at bqe.com/masterclass.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Mass Southpaw ,

Fun show

I have a house built in 1919 (during the last pandemic) that needs some work, and this show feels like getting advice from a trusted friend.

Mxsandy12 ,

Awesome home renovation pod!

So helpful and interesting!

Heather on Glassell ,

Hugh Siler’s interview

This interview was very helpful and interesting. Thank you for having him on!

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