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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

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    • 5.0 • 39 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.

    Tiny Home Renovations?

    Tiny Home Renovations?

    If you're looking for a tiny house, is it best to build your own, buy a pre-made house or find one to renovate? Are tiny home renovations a good idea? Ethan Waldman joins me to discuss these questions and more.
    About our guest:
    Ethan Waldman is a tiny house author, speaker, and teacher. He built his own tiny house on wheels in 2012, and has been passionately helping future tiny house dwellers on their own journeys ever since. Ethan’s guide, Tiny House Decisions, has helped thousands of readers answer the big questions about tiny houses and plan each system in their future home. He’s also the creator and host of the Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast, a show that brings you conversations with tiny house luminaries, builders, and DIYers. Ethan and his wife Ann live in their tiny house part-time in Northern Vermont.
    visit his website at https://www.thetinyhouse.net (www.thetinyhouse.net)
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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 by Neil Pearlman, performed by Troy MacGillivray and Neil Pearlman https://my.captivate.fm/www.neilpearlman.com (www.neilpearlman.com)
    Show Cover Art by Sam White http://www.samowhite.com/ (www.samowhite.com)
    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. http://www.demiosarchitects.com/ (www.demiosarchitects.com)
    Email questions, comments, suggestions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
    Do you need a bit of design help? If you are in Massachusetts and need a second set of eyes on your design, my Ask an Architect design help-line can help. We meet on zoom for an hour to review your issues. Contact me for more information.
    This podcast is a member of the design network- http://designnetwork.org/ (www.designnetwork.org)

    • 42 min
    Think Like a Plant

    Think Like a Plant

    In this episode I'm joined by Tigrilla Gardenia, a nature inspired business mentor. Tigrilla is a World Ambassador for Plant Intelligence and champions connection to nature as the basis for long-term health, happiness, and success. We discuss what plant intelligence means to the average homeowner who is planning their landscape and why those choices are more important than people think.
    About our guest:
    Fascinated by nature since her earliest memories, Tigrilla Gardenia turned that passion into her vocation.
    Her journey began in a polyethnic childhood. She earned a degree in music and electrical engineering, entering the high-tech corporate world via RealNetworks and Microsoft in the early days of the internet.
    The desire to escape the confines of the corporate world proved too strong, and Tigrilla soon began following her own spiritual path. She co-owned a circus, produced intentional dance events, taught Kabbalah, and even toured with Cirque du Soleil.
    Today, she works as a Nature-Inspired Mentor and Leadership Coach. Her studies focus on Plant Intelligence, the Effects of Plant Music on Human Health, Social Innovation, and EcoSystems Thinking. Tigrilla has the honor of being a Damanhur citizen in Italy — one of the largest spiritual eco-communities in the world.
    Her roots are firmly planted in the arts, communication, and the avant-garde. Tigrilla uses her expertise to empower mission-driven leaders to achieve personal and professional success by integrating nature-inspired innovation in order to bring meaning to Life and make an impact with work. She is an influential speaker and mentor, running courses and workshops on reconnection with the plant kingdom.
    Always eager to learn, she studied with some of the greatest minds in bio-inspired sciences, gaining a masters degree in Futuro Vegetale (Vegetal Future): plants, social innovation, design under Stefano Mancuso, University of Florence. She has also studied Biomimicry for Social Innovation and Product Development.
    www.tigrillagardenia.com is her website, some particularly useful pages are:
    Discover your Spirit Wild Plant: https://tigrillagardenia.com/what-s-your-spirit-wild-plant/ (https://tigrillagardenia.com/what-s-your-spirit-wild-plant/)
    ReConnect with the Plant Kingdom self-paced course: https://tigrillagardenia.com/reconnect-with-the-plant-kingdom/ (https://tigrillagardenia.com/reconnect-with-the-plant-kingdom/)
    Join the Naturally Conscious Community: https://community.tigrillagardenia.com/ (https://community.tigrillagardenia.com/)
    Further reading:
    Thus Spoke the Plant by Monica Gagliano
    Birthright by Stephen Kellert
    Lessons from Plants by Beronda Montgomery


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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 by Neil Pearlman, performed by Troy MacGillivray and Neil Pearlman https://my.captivate.fm/www.neilpearlman.com (www.neilpearlman.com)
    Show Cover Art by Sam White http://www.samowhite.com/ (www.samowhite.com)
    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. http://www.demiosarchitects.com/ (www.demiosa

    • 39 min
    Renovation Story- Little Cottage in the Woods of Chappaqua

    Renovation Story- Little Cottage in the Woods of Chappaqua

    Mark R. LePage joined me to tell the story of his little cottage in the woods of Chappaqua. Mark and his wife Ann Marie were young architects when they took on the cottage and the house grew with them as they raised their family.
    About our guest:
    Architect Mark R. LePage is the President and CEO of Gābl Technologies, Inc. and Gābl Media, Inc., the founder of EntreArchitect ™, and the Partner in Charge of Operations, McCarthy LePage Architects. From Gābl Media, his EntreArchitect Podcast features weekly interviews with inspiring, passionate people who share their knowledge and expertise all to help you build a better business as a small firm entrepreneur architect.
    https://gablmedia.com/ (Gābl Media) is a multimedia network that empowers global leaders in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.
    http://entrearchitect.com/ (EntreArchitect) is a community and training platform that inspires your success in business, leadership and life as a small firm Entrepreneur Architect.
    Are YOU an architect? Join in on the discussion at http://entrearchitect.com/group (The EntreArchitect Community); the most active, most collaborative, most supportive online peer group for small firm architects in the world... and it's FREE!
    Are you an ally to architects? https://www.facebook.com/groups/architectsandallies/ (Architects and Allies) is a community of cooperation for AEC Industry Professionals; architects as well as our allies… and it’s FREE too! ********************************************************************
    Visit 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.
    Help me spread the word about this podcast!
    If you like this podcast, subscribe and tell your friends about it! Love a review or a rating! Thank you for your support.
    Follow me on instagram: @talkinghomerenovations
    Join me on TikTok: @The House Maven
    Sign up for the weekly newsletter I send out a weekly information with our episode enhancements and additional information, 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 by Neil Pearlman, performed by Troy MacGillivray and Neil Pearlman https://my.captivate.fm/www.neilpearlman.com (www.neilpearlman.com)
    Show Cover Art by Sam White http://www.samowhite.com/ (www.samowhite.com)
    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. http://www.demiosarchitects.com/ (www.demiosarchitects.com)
    Email questions, comments, suggestions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
    Do you need a bit of design help? If you are in Massachusetts and need a second set of eyes on your design, my Ask an Architect design help-line can help. We meet on zoom for an hour to review your issues. Contact me for more information.
    This podcast is a member of the design network- http://designnetwork.org/ (www.designnetwork.org)

    • 40 min
    Empowering Women to diy

    Empowering Women to diy

    Cara Newhart of the Make Space Podcast joins me for a conversation about her work in the diy space.
    About our guest:
    Cara Newhart is a designer and diy queen and the host of the Make Space Podcast.
    After losing her dad to cancer and without his contractor-expertise to guide her in customizing her first home, she decided to dive in without fear and tackle epic diy projects all by herself- transforming her home solo, teaching herself to use power tools, and finding the confidence to bring her design ideas to life.
    Cara is on a mission to empower everyday women to take charge of their homes and design spaces they’re obsessed with- on their terms.
    As the host of MAKE SPACE, she helps women dive deeper than pin-worthy rooms to uncover home design strategies, learn to tackle power tool projects without intimidation and unlock the confidence to transform their spaces.
    Cara has been featured in Apartment Therapy, House Beautiful, PEOPLE StyleWatch and more. She’s collaborated with brands like The Home Depot, Amazon, Wayfair, http://sleep.com (sleep.com) and others.
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    Help me spread the word about this podcast!
    If you like this podcast, subscribe and tell your friends about it! Thank you for your support.
    Follow me on instagram: @talkinghomerenovations
    Join me on TikTok: @The House Maven
    Sign up for the weekly newsletter I send out a weekly information with our episode enhancements and additional information, 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 by Neil Pearlman, performed by Troy MacGillivray and Neil Pearlman https://my.captivate.fm/www.neilpearlman.com (www.neilpearlman.com)
    Show Cover Art by Sam White http://www.samowhite.com/ (www.samowhite.com)
    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. http://www.demiosarchitects.com/ (www.demiosarchitects.com)
    Email questions, comments, suggestions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
    Do you need a bit of design help? If you are in Massachusetts and need some design help, my Ask an Architect design help-line can help. We meet on zoom for an hour to review your issues. Contact me for more information.
    This podcast is a member of the design network- http://designnetwork.org/ (www.designnetwork.org)

    • 27 min
    Tik Tok Architect

    Tik Tok Architect

    Tom Reynolds is TikTok architect, a real architect who shares his experience and love for architecture with his audience of almost 15,000 followers on TikTok. Tom and I had a long talk about what to expect when you will be renovating your house, his own home renovation experiences, his career, why to hire an architect, and more.
    About our guest:
    Tom Reynolds is an Artist, Architect and Activist currently managing a small design firm focusing on community redevelopment and affordable housing design. Additionally, he is a partner in a political data analysis firm focusing on progressive New Jersey candidates and issues.
    Tom has an unending passion for architecture, engineering, construction and design. He had spent almost 10 years with John J Perkins, AIA as an lead architectural designer working on commercial office and warehouse design. Projects including test kitchen for a national brand, offices for financial brands, non-profits and more.
    Tom Reynolds holds a LEED Green Associate credential and a FEMA certification for Resilient Design for Coastal Communities.
    Tom serves as a founding member and current Vice-President of the New Jersey chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, member of the Montclair Zoning Board, and is secretary of BlueWave New Jersey
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    Help me spread the word about this podcast!
    If you like this podcast, subscribe and tell your friends about it! Thank you for your support.
    Follow me on instagram: @talkinghomerenovations
    Join me on TikTok: @The House Maven
    Sign up for the weekly newsletter I send out a weekly information with our episode enhancements and additional information, 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 by Neil Pearlman, performed by Troy MacGillivray and Neil Pearlman https://my.captivate.fm/www.neilpearlman.com (www.neilpearlman.com)
    Show Cover Art by Sam White http://www.samowhite.com/ (www.samowhite.com)
    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. http://www.demiosarchitects.com/ (www.demiosarchitects.com)
    Email questions, comments, suggestions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
    Do you need a bit of design help? If you are in Massachusetts and need some design help, my Ask an Architect design help-line can help. We meet on zoom for an hour to review your issues. Contact me for more information.
    This podcast is a member of the design network- http://designnetwork.org/ (www.designnetwork.org)

    • 49 min
    Renovation Story- Mid Century Modern, Georgia

    Renovation Story- Mid Century Modern, Georgia

    Jess Jones is a designer in Georgia who fell in love with her mid century modern house at first sight. Join us as we discuss the history of her house and neighborhood and what makes her house special.
    I met Jess through her account @tinymightymidmod on instagram. Follow her account for updates on her great house.
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    Help me spread the word about this podcast!
    If you like this podcast, subscribe and tell your friends about it! Thank you for your support.
    Follow me on instagram: @talkinghomerenovations
    Join me on TikTok: @The House Maven
    Sign up for the weekly newsletter I send out a weekly information with our episode enhancements and additional information, 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 by Neil Pearlman, performed by Troy MacGillivray and Neil Pearlman https://my.captivate.fm/www.neilpearlman.com (www.neilpearlman.com)
    Show Cover Art by Sam White http://www.samowhite.com/ (www.samowhite.com)
    This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. http://www.demiosarchitects.com/ (www.demiosarchitects.com)
    Email questions, comments, suggestions for future episodes to thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com
    Do you need a bit of design help? If you are in Massachusetts and need some design help, my Ask an Architect design help-line can help. We meet on zoom for an hour to review your issues. Contact me for more information.
    This podcast is a member of the design network- http://designnetwork.org/ (www.designnetwork.org)

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

AmyClaire ,

So Helpful!

I love all the information that is available through Katharine’s podcast. This is such a goldmine for anyone who’s even curious about renovating their home! It’s a must listen.

jeremy_76 ,

Excellent!

Great podcast for any home owner. Very informative, great knowledgeable guests, entertaining and interesting. Overall great quality.

amherstpal ,

Informative, thoughtful and witty.

Just the perfect entertainment for these uncertain times.

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