- Video Editing — Especially remodeling and homebuilding topics
- Front Porches — Advocating for the use and building of front porches for social good
- Remodel Features — Before & After profiles for magazines, newspapers and online
- Continuing Education Units — Both articles and PowerPoint presentations
- Visions Boards — Coaching and workshops available
- Continuing Education Units — AIA-certified online Continuing Education Units, PPT and print articles
- Front Porch Nation, CEO/Editor, advocating for the use and building of front porches in order to foster community connections and social change
RECENT and BODIES OF WORK
- Continuing Education Units — Representative Topics:
- Accessible luxury kitchens
- Kitchen ventilation
- Outdoor luxury kitchens
- Universal design in kitchens
- Kitchen design trends
- Modern tile innovations
- Historic window replacement
- Performance shading fabrics
- Concrete sealing
- Concrete restoration
- Polished concrete
- Cover boards for low slope roofs
- Cover boards for exterior applications
- Gypsum’s role in LEED v4
- Vapor barrier in building envelope
- Fabric tension structures
- Recycled denim insulation
- Foundation flood vents
- LED bathroom lighting
- Surface protection during construction
- And more
- Article — Home Energy Magazine — Ranch Style Teaching in Montana
- Video — DSLD Homes — Homeowner Video Series
- Video — DSLD Homes — Trade Partner Training Series
- Video — Going Up Going Green — Video series on raised-floor homes
- Video — Train2Build — On-the-Job Training: RRP Lead-Safe Practices
- CEU — Online Educational Unit for Raised Floor Living — Options for Raised Wood Floor Foundations
- Online Guide — The Appraiser’s Guide to Green Building Update — Funded by a grant from The Appraisers Research Foundation — (2012)
- Video — New Orleans City Park — 5 Years Later: Recovery from Hurricane Katrina
- Video — Alexis Marceaux — One Fish Music Video
- Video — Book Trailer — The Fear Within: Spies, Commies, and American Democracy on Trial
- Article — Green Building Advisor — Energy Auditing Class in Montana — (2011)
- Article — Remodeling Magazine — Customized Remodels — (2011)
- Article — Remodeling Magazine — Use of Translucent Panels — (2010)
- Blog — AOL DIY Life — Featured Writer
- Series — Just In Time Homebuilding Series — Louisiana State University AgCenter — 2008— 2009
- Online Guide — The Appraiser’s Guide to Green Building — Funded by TARF — 2009
- Blog — Pardon Our Dust — Los Angeles Times — 2007—2008 (800+ postings)
- Book — Kitty Bartholomew’s Decorating Style — Rodale — 2005
- Series — Pardon Our Dust — Los Angeles Times — 1997–2008 (100+ monthly features)
- Editor — Notebook Section, Journal of Light Construction (1997-1998)
- Series — The Way We Live — Santa Barbara News-Press — 1989–1996 (350 weekly features)
- Series — Profiles in Faith — Santa Barbara News-Press — 1992–1994 (110 weekly features)
AWARDS AND GRANTS
- 2012 — Grant from Appraiser Research Foundation to update The Appraiser’s Guide to Green Building
- 2008—2009 — Grant from Appraiser Research Foundation for The Appraiser’s Guide to Green Building
- 2003 — Winner of the first annual Bivens Fellowship from the National Association of Real Estate Editors
- 2001 — Winner, Second Place, Best Series from the National Association of Real Estate Editors
Housing writer and videograper for 20+ years, published in the Los Angeles Times, Remodeling Magazine, Upscale Remodeling, Better Homes and Gardens, Journal of Light Construction, Urban Land Journal, Multi-family Homes, Westways, Santa Barbara News-Press, Fine Homebuilding, Qualified Remodeler, Engineered Wood Journal, Appraisal Institute, Home.com and other publications.
California State University Los Angeles, broadcasting and journalism major, GPA 3.4
Student teacher, Marshall High School, Los Feliz, Video Production
Pardon Our Dust Series, Los Angeles Times
- 12/20/08 — Reitz, Burbank — Kitchen remodel opens up work space without enlarging room
- 10/25/08 — Beville, Burbank — Rebuilding a home after a fluke flood
- 9/13/08 — Surmelis, Echo Park — HGTV’s Angelo Surmelis renovated kitchen in Echo Park home
- 7/6/08 — Moreta — Her remodleing theme: Start fresh, but keep it low stress
- 6/22/08 — Maurizio, Rosarito Beach, Mexico — On a budget, and on the beach
- 3/9/08 — Orelemann, Eagle Rock — Patience and maybe a protractor
- 2/17/08 — Johnson/Franke, Glassel Park — This face-lift is so 1941
- 1/13/08 — Nebalon, Hermosa Beach — Beach redo is a family affair
- 9/7/07 — Kanclerz/Coleman, Hollywood Hills — Kitchen remodel is a front-burner project
- 8/12/07 — Curet, Eastside Los Angeles — A large dose of charisma
- 7/1/07 — Jahnke, Claremont — Fire paves the way for a green remodel
- 5/6/07 — Doering, Santa Barbara — Turning a tract home into a model for green living
- 4/1/07 — Gomez, Long Beach — Building on his love of the avant-garde
- 2/18/07 — Petitti, Lake Arrowhead — A bright idea, it turns out
- 11/12/06 — Frazier, Leisure World — A career is rekindled by a condo remodel
- 7/9/06 — Mitsui, Mar Vista — A Mar Vista family’s journey to inner space
- 6/11/06 — Deboo, West Hollywood — After several takes, it’s right
- 4/23/06 — Palm Springs — They had a plan, then reality intruded
- 2/5/06 — McLaughlin, Thousand Oaks — Don’t add on, just go outside the box
- 9/25/05 — Foster, Long Beach — Nothing a few years and a dad can’t fix
- 8/28/05 — Toll, Sherman Oaks — A remodel done by remote control
- 6/26/05 — Neals, Redondo Beach — The dual-personality remodel: his and hers
- 5/8/05 — Kean, Los Angeles — Bought it bland, made it grand
- 3/27/05 — Rose, Eagle Rock — It’s her sanctuary of simplicity
- 2/20/05 — Balton, Mar Vista — Remodeler picks his poison
- 12/26/04 — Sun, Miracle Mile — Tranquillity in 400 square feet
- 9/12/04 — Koenig, Oxnard — This old thing? It’s a fixer of their dreams
- 6/27/04 — Ryavec, Venice — A color piece of Venice history
- 4/25/04 — Tovey, Granada Hills — What they always wanted: a door
- 2/29/04 — Hammerschmidt, Venice — The view was a fixer upper
- 8/17/03 — Schaaf, Long Beach — Sibling renovations spur a tale of two kitchens
- 1/26/03 — Beach, Sherman Oaks — A “quick sale” remodel sold them on staying
- 12/15/02 — Vaillancourt, West Hollywood — Writing their own script
- 10/6/02 — Roberts, San Pedro — Calling it their bluff
- 9/15/02 — Gonzalez/Jenkins, Del Rey — The price is right on vacant home
- 9/1/02 — Hall, Brea — Leaving nothing to chance
- 8/16/02 — Denchasy, Venice — Finding his inner chef
- 7/21/02 — Stango/Gonzales, North Hollywood — Mission statement
- 6/12/02 — Christian, Los Feliz — Den of festivity
- 5/26/02 — Van De Yacht, North Hollywood — Modest kitchen remodel: It’s top-drawer
- 5/19/02 — Van De Yacht, North Hollywood — With the work in full swing, glitches and stress mount
- 4/14/02 — Richards, Downey — Do-it-yourself wizardry
- 3/17/02 — Chang, Long Beach — From junkyard to gem
- 2/17/02 — Kohout, Pasadena — A Victorian victory
- 11/18/01 —Hammerschmidt, Venice — The right ingredients
- 9/23/01 — La Plante, Newport Beach — A marriage of two styles
- 7/15/01 — Lackey, Hollywood Hills — A “fixer” becomes a keeper
- 6/10/01 — Shall, Westlake — A clean break with the past
- 5/20/01 — Sciore, South Pasadena — Following in her blueprints
- 3/11/01 — Mabari, Los Angeles — The second time around
- 9/3/00 — DiFrancesco, Westminster — My blue haven
- 8/6/00 — Farrell, Carona del Mar — Stay Young – Remodel
- 6/11/00 — West Los Angeles — The Green House Effect
- 4/16/00 — Goldman, Santa Monica — Beauty unboxed
- 3/19/00 — Noller, Whittier — Garage transformed into family room
- 2/6/00 — Rabuchin, Pacific Palisades — Extended family room
- 12/5/99 — Liebeler, Hollywood Hills — Awash in Elegance
- 10/31/99 — Nordlund, Woodland Hills — A room with a view
- 9/2/99 — Brun-Sanglard, Hollywood — From darkness, he creates beauty
- 7/22/99 — Wakil, Silver Lake — Color Capers
- 6/24/99 — Wolfe, Mission Viejo — Homemade haven
- 4/29/99 — Kirkpatrick, Manhattan Beach — The big flip-flop
- 4/18/99 — Insull, Pasadena — The art of compromise
- 1/28/99 — Zee, Santa Barbara — Letting in light and lush vistas
- 10/3/99 — Taylor, Corona — Making quick work of a remodel
- 9/13/98 — Regan, Manhattan Beach — Ugly to Elegant
- 8/2/98 — Hornstein, Hollywood — Designer turns home for resale into her own
- 6/21/98 — Moussalli, Palos Verdes Peninsula — P.V. home buyers put up a good front
- 5/31/98 — Struthers, San Clemente — Shake Charmer
- 3/15/98 — Berstler, West Los Angeles — That was then, this is wow
- 2/8/98 — Salaya, Long Beach — Back to the ’20s
- 1/11/98 — Henry, Thousand Oaks — Cooking up a dream
- 12/28/97 — Lieberman, Westwood — When remodeling becomes a “dig”
- 12/21/97 — Mini Twelve Step House, South-Central L.A. — A fresh start
- 10/26/97 — Arroyo, Sherman Oaks — Splendor in the Oaks
- 7/20/97 — Mosher, Pasadena — Sun room is the cat’s meow
- 6/8/97 — Rice, Torrance — The little pink house grows up
Remodeling Q&A Series, Los Angeles Times
- 6/17/07 — Pick right materials for deck
- 3/4/07 — They’re floored by all the gaps and cracks
- 2/11/07 — “Popcorn” removal is no pice o’ cake; leave asbestos to pros
- 1/21/07 — To paint, pave, must you get permission?
- 11/26/06 — Pick healthful indoor building materials and breath easier
- 11/12/06 — Many try to make the cut, but fail
- 10/29/06 — Renovate all at once, or in steps?
- 7/23/00 — Weigh upheaval as well as value of major upgrade
Home-Buying Strategies Series, Los Angeles Times
- 4/20/03 — Janssen, Los Angeles — Renovation loan can be the right fix
- 9/1/02 — Hall, Brea — Leaving nothing to chance
Features, Los Angeles Times
- A greener side of construction
- Colorado Court: Green project wins on its own terms
- Builders test their metal
- Hot ideas, cool house
- How to Decide if you are ready to remodel
- Get your plans nailed down
- Ready, Set, Remodel!
- Surviving stress of remodeling
- Mars and Venus buy a house
- At Home: Santa Paula: Rural root nurture small-town feeling
Certified Continuing Education Units
- The Design Advantages of Engineered Polymer Roofing
- Who’s In the Kitchen?
- Underfloor Service Distribution
- The Great Office Awakening: Flexible spaces and work-centric lighting
- The Flawless Guest Experience
- Design and Specification of Sustainable Custom Ironwork
- Decorative, Dynamic Resinous Flooring Systems
- Style and Substance: Architectural Stone Veneer
- Becoming Sealer Savvy
- Demystifying Liquid Surface Treatments for Concrete
- Exterior Design 101 for Remodeling Contractors
- How to Specify High-Pressure Decorative Laminates
- Concrete Waterproofing
- Metal Roofs and Walls for Achieving Net Zero
- Impact Rated Fiberglass Doors for Severe Weather Events
- Sustainability and Glass Facades
- Modern Ceramics: An Ancient Industry’s Surprising Embrace of Technology
- Steel Framing for Composite Decking
- Building a Better System with Roof Boards
AOL DIY Life
- Create the Look: Jennifer Aniston’s Platform Bed
- Create the Look: Jessica Alba’s Entryway Mirror Shelf
- Create the Look: Lance Armstrong’s kitchen
- 10 ways to love your valentine during a home remodel
- How much will that remodel add to your home’s resale value?
- New lead paint regulations: do they go too far?
- Do you qualify for home improvement tax credits?
- Does it pay to remodel your home?
- Avoid a Thanksgiving visit from the plumber
- Wackiest things found in drains: part two
- Carving tools: a turkey day guide
- Mouse control, the humane way
- Weatherstripping doors and windows: fall maintenance
- The Vanilla Ice Project: Our revealing Q&A with the rapper-turned-remodeler
- Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning
- How to unclog a toilet
- 5 not-so-scary plumbing fixes
- The dangers of laundry detergent overload
- 9 causes for leaky windows
- DIY Warrior: refurbish a concrete porch
- DIY Warrior: how to distress wood
- DIY Warrior: how to clean an oscillating fan
- 3 game-changing green technologies
- Cost vs. quality: cordless drill/drivers
- 10 uses for leftover house paint
- The Daily Fix: remove a broken key from a lock
- The Daily Fix: remove oil stains from a garage floor
- The Daily Fix: how to repair holes in aluminum siding
- The Daily Fix: how to unclog a toilet
- The Daily Fix: repair loose and cracked caulk
- Price Patrol: swimming pool maintenance
- Price Patrol: replacing a toilet
- Price Patrol: build a patio
- Price Patrol: installing laminate flooring
- DIY Product Pick: the 17-year light bulb by GE
- DIY Product Pick: Frog Tape, the fool-proof painter’s tape
- DIY Product Pick: 2P-10, the super duper glue
- DIY Product Pick: the drain that never clogs
- 10 free services at The Home Depot
- 10 free services at Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores
- Making News: Obama outlines “Cash for Caulkers” program
- Making News: does your home contain tainted drywall?
- Making News: California adopts first statewide green building code
- Making News: “Not So Big House” author teams with Marvin to design sustainable window
- Making News: new dimmer switch eliminates flicker in CFLs
- DIY Diary: ingredients for a successful remodel
Remodeling Ideas: Realtor.com
- Tuning up “the tiny” — Venice, Calif.
- An avid cook gets her kitchen — St. Paul, Minn.
- Back to the ’20s
- Backyard haven
- Bath bonanza — Milwaukee, Wis.
- Color coordinated — Los Angeles
- Craftsman charmer — San Clemente, Calif.
- Designer turns home for resale into her own — Hollywood, Calif.
- DIY dream kitchen — Corona, Calif.
- Down to the basement — Dayton, Ohio
- Dream kitchen comes to life — Thousand Oaks, Calif.
- An affordable kitchen remodel — Calif.
- Color coordinated — Silver Lake, Calif.
- The flip-flopped house — Manhattan Beach, Calif.
- From ugly to elegant — Manhattan Beach, Calif.
- Garage gets a new life — Whittier, Calif.
- From gross to graceful — Bethesda, Md.
- Her room now has a view — Woodland Hills, Calif.
- A low-cost Cajun kitchen — Shreveport, La.
- Makeover magic — Santa Monica, Calif.
- Making home work for a family — Charlotte, N.C.
- Merging two homes into one — Pasadena, Calif.
Discovery Company — TLC
- Why do I need to use primer?
- What does thread count really mean?
- 10 impossible-to-kill plants
- Top 10 international holiday food traditions
- 10 ways to use canned pumpkin (besides in a pie)
- How can soy reduce energy use in my home?
Discovery Company — How Stuff Works
- How do I build a hurricane shelter?
- 10 small trees
- How bird photography works
- Is there a benefit to crabgrass?
- Energy-efficiency upgrades from NOLA Wise enhance the comforts of home
- A tale of two twin New Orleans houses
- Purple passion fuels Victorian redo
- After several takes, scene is a star
- They tried to flip but landed on their backs
The Hartford Courant
Appraisal Institute: Valuation Insights and Perspectives
- Ruff-ing It: Creating a Dog Nook
— Personalized design of a mudroom creates a dedicated spot for the client’s dog.
- All-Access Pass: Accessible Sinks
— For clients who use a wheelchair, nothing beats a bathroom sink with legroom underneath.
- All-Access Pass: Showers
— Accessible showers demand special products and techniques.
- All-Access Pass: Cents & Sensibility
— In a tight economy, saving money on cabinets could mean the difference between a client signing a contract or not.
- All-Access Pass: Cabinet Savers
— To find out what your clients need, encourage them to visualize how the kitchen will work in different scenarios and ask plenty of questions about how they intend to use the space.
- All-Access Pass: Universal Design in the Bathroom; Affordable Cabinets in the Kitchen
— Bathroom design with accessibility in mind; kitchen design that gets clients the most bang for their buck in cabinets.
- Getting Personal: Ways to Add Personal Touches to a Project
— Incorporating individualized design details tailored for the homeowner into the project without compromising the home’s resale value.
- See-Through Style: Design With Translucent Panels
— Translucent panels provide separation of spaces while still allowing light to penetrate.
- Selling the Mantel: Fireplace Mantel as Striking Focal Point
— More than just adding warmth and beauty to a room, a fireplace mantel can provide a little drama and focus.
- Have a Seat: Making the Most of Small Spaces to Provide Cozy Kitchen Seating
— The banquette: A design idea for maximizing seating in a small space.
- Trusted Handoff
— The day that Jim Fisher met and hired Pete Valentino — the man who would ultimately buy his remodeling business — came about as a result of two factors: analysis and enterprise. The analysis was done by Fisher in the mid-1990s after he observed the manner in which most contractors retired: by…
- Sustainable Cabinets
— Designers and homeowners have a range of green cabinet options to choose from.
- A payoff for green practices
— Green building principles are not just a feel-good happenstance at Allen Associates in Santa Barbara, Calif. Rather, a quantifiable number of green elements are required for each project, and green efforts beyond the minimum can raise an associate’s quarterly bonus.
- Curved composite deck shows creativity
— Julia and Dave Bodell must have good karma. How else to explain their great luck in being asked to build one of the most remarkable decks in their careers, a $250,000 multi-toned, multilevel Trex deck and arbor at the Los Angeles Arboretum?
- Key accountabilities set firm’s bonus schedule
— There’s no mystery about bonuses for associates at Allen Associates in Santa Barbara, Calif., which does an annual volume of $21 million in upscale remodeling and new construction.
- Lakeside House Remodeled Skyward
— Scott and Jennifer Ericson remodeled their home in Lake Oswego, Ore., two years ago, but the family’s remodeling challenges originated in 1957, when their low-slung bungalow was built in the midst of a lakeside building boom.
- Steps toward carbon neutrality
— While politicians in Washington, D.C., debate whether or not the U.S. should try to address global warming, architects and contractors are taking steps to do just that.
- Three to Watch
— Deep in the minds of many remodelers, one big question looms: What happens to my company when I retire?
- Sheltered courtyard additions create quiet, safe play spaces
— When Austin, Texas, contractor Shiloh Hartman was asked to remodel an architect’s personal home, he was apprehensive. “Often there is this thing between architects and builders,” Hartman says. “It would be a challenge for me working on an architect’s house. That’s their dream. It would be even more..
- How to transition projects successfully from design to construction
— In a sloppy or rushed handoff, details worked out by the designer and expected by the client can get lost like sand through the boards of a deck. Although a flawless handoff is key to a successful project, the foundations for it are laid long before the pre-construction meeting when the actual…
- Taking outdoor living to the highest levels of luxury
— In the beginning, outdoor living was the only option. Early humans then took shelter in caves and huts, and with the progress of civilization retreated to cottages, condos, tract homes, and mansions. Eventually, humans ventured outdoors again, to cook on tin barbecues and nap on aluminum loungers…
- An outdated, claustrophobic bath is transformed
— During the months that it took David Shall and Susan Corzilius to get a $65,000 remodel of their master bathroom, one moment stands out as especially gratifying. It was an August evening in their Southern California home. After five months of planning — and the day before construction began — Shall…
- Hartman Baldwin has cultivated a loyal high-end clientele
— When builders Devon Hartman and Bill Baldwin founded their company in 1978, the young duo had one overriding goal: to do jobs that were, according to Hartman, at the “absolute top end.”
- Customized One Week Bath
— When a salesperson from Tarzana, Calif.-based One Week Bath visits potential clients, they lay out the choices — 4 styles of cabinets, 10 finishes, several solid surfaces — as well as the parameters — no structural work, no moving of plumbing or electrical. Such a tight program helps in two ways:…
- Upgrading a duplex in Los Angeles —When Leanna Sun bought her tiny, rundown duplex in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles, it did seem like a miracle. As a divorced mom who was between jobs, Sun’s prospects of home-ownership had seemed bleak until she finally found the right property.
- Looking back at company changes
— The Big50 is a remodeling business excellence award for best practices. Every May, REMODELING inducts 50 new companies who have set the standard for professionalism and integrity through smart marketing, exemplary business practices, unique design, and extraordinary impact on their community or the…
- Knatz and Mulvey team with Devereaux, an ex-foe, for a remodeling job
— When Geraldine Knatz and John Mulvey set out to renovate their 1936 Long Beach, Calif., home — with its exquisite leaded glass windows, clipped gables, and charming shingled roof and walls — the one person Knatz knew to call for advice was a man she had just spent months battling in court.
- Different perspectives about running a business
— Not all remodelers come to the business by way of the craft. In the examples collected here, the ability of four individuals to adapt skills and expertise from other vocations enabled them to overcome a lack of hands-on construction knowledge and build successful remodeling companies.
- Basement library addition for the overflow of books
— Two major remodeling jobs on a modernist house in sunny California elevate practical storage spaces to works of art.
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Simple Home Repair
- Remodel This! A Woman’s Guide to Planning and Surviving the Madness of a Home Renovation, by Laura Meyer and Robyn Roth Perigee
- About the House with Henri de Marne: How to Maintain, Repair, Upgrade and Enjoy Your Home, by Henri de Marne
- All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House, by David Giffels, William Morrow
- 52 Weekend Makeovers: Easy Projects to Transform Your Home Inside and Out, Taunton Press
- Affordable Remodel: How to Get Custom Results on Any Budget, Fernando Pages Ruiz, Taunton Press
- How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding & Maintaining Your Home, by Charlie Wing, RSMeans
- 12/20/09 — Los Angeles Times — Helping to rebuild New Orleans
- 9/2/09 — Los Angeles Times — Snowball fight in New Orleans
APA Wood: The Engineered Wood Journal
- Thinking Small: The future of nanotechnology in the forest products industry
- CORRIM Update: New research provides more proof of the environmental merits of wood products
- Talent search: the challenge of finding and keeping high-performance employees
Journal of Light Construction
- The Lead Carpenter Handbook (editor), Hanley-Wood
- Los Angeles Times, A weighty reality check