If you’re renovating – or even just kind of thinking about renovating – your home, there’s one term you should know: design-build. According to McD Studio’s Principal Architect Matthew S. McDonald’s piece in The Washington Post, companies that offer design and build services make up 16 percent of all billings. The popularity of design-build companies is easy to understand – there are many things that go into hiring an architect and hiring a contractor, and there’s always the fear that your choice of professionals may not gel together. McDonald provides an architect’s perspective on the design-build option, and an insightful look at its pros and cons, giving you plenty to think about when you start looking for professionals to hire for your project (with Kukun’s tools and professional network, of course).
Speaking of home improvement pros doing awesome things, this has been a great week for outstanding designers. For starters, Nashville-based lifestyle publication StyleBlueprint recently profiled the work of Atlanta interior designer Helen Davis, whose glamorous work is all about originality, and is definitely worth a look – especially the dining room vignette from her old loft, with a zebra-print rug and refurbished vintage chairs.
If your aesthetic bends a little more toward the rustically beautiful side, check out Design Sponge’s interview with Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co. The duo started a full-service interior design studio after realizing their passion for the profession while selling vintage items on Etsy (and definitely click the link to the before and after photos).
And if those pieces whet your appetite for before/after photo goodness, along with profiles of innovative designers, you’re in luck. Yesterday, we showcased what our tools – along with the rendering skills of one artist – could do to a headline-making disaster of a home in San Francisco. The dilapidated place sold earlier this year for more than $400,000 over asking price, despite being in horrible shape. We worked a little Kukun magic on the bedroom and bathroom, and the results are pretty stunning, if we do say so ourselves. Check it out on our company blog, then jump over to our profile of the super-sleek Italian design studio led by Fabio Fantolino, where you can binge on eye candy with a slideshow of the studio’s work.
You can also check out Wallpaper’s piece about revered furniture designer Mark Albrecht’s process of designing a modern home bar while avoiding the clichéd feeling found in many of the options available on the market. The result is modern with a bit of that glamorous throwback feel that can come with a home bar. And, of course, if that piece makes you thirsty – for beverages and a stylish of bar of your own – we’ve got you covered, with everything you need to know about selecting and setting up a home bar of your own.
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