HOW DO I PATCH HARDWOOD FLOORS?
We have removed a wall in our living room. Now we need to patch the oak wood floor. A floor installer told us he would have to rip up the existing floor about 15 feet on both sides of the missing flooring so he can install the flooring staggered in each direction. Plus, he said the new floor will be darker than the old floor due to sun bleaching.
HOW DO I ENLARGE MY SHOWER?
We want to remodel our Master Bathroom. Our shower has two shower heads and is wide but only about 2 ½ feet deep. How can we enlarge the shower? It is already as wide as it can be.
A NUMBER OF INTERIOR DOORS WON'T STAY OPEN
We have two doors that will not stay open. We have to use a door stop on both of them. Is it due to settling and is there a solution?
HOW DO I MAKE A PRETTY SMALL PRINT STAND OUT?
I received a beautiful but very small framed print. If I had a matching print, it would be easy to find a place to hang the pair. But since the print is so small, the lone print looks lost on the wall.
HOW DO I MAKE MY POOL MORE ATTRACTIVE?
I have an half above ground and half below ground pool. It is not a very attractive part of our landscaping and the fiberglass is visible on the south side.
MY COMFORTER AND DUST RUFFLE LEAVE THE MATTRESS EXPOSED
I have purchased an expensive comforter for my King bed. The comforter is too short for my double pillow-top mattress. I can see the mattress between the comforter and dust ruffle. I have compared my comforter to others and they appear to all be the same length so purchasing a replacement is not going to help.
ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES TO HEAVY DRAPES?
I need shades in my bedrooms for privacy but I do not like the look of heavy drapes hanging on both sides of the shades. I know the shades will look bare by themselves.
WHAT IS A SOLUTION FOR AN ELEGANT WET BAR?
Our kitchen is too small to store our wine and bar glasses, wine bottles and liquor for entertaining. We would love to have a wet bar located close to our living room that might even accommodate a wine cooler. We are afraid that the cost will be prohibitive if a contractor builds us one.
HOW DO I GET MORE CUPBOARD SPACE?
My kitchen simply does not have enough cupboards. I have no place to store my extra small appliances and over-sized soup stock pan.
HOW DO I GET MORE PRIVACY FROM MY FRONT DOOR?
I don’t like people looking into the house when they are at the front door. Should I remove this window?
HOW DO I HIDE EYE SORES LIKE DOWNSPOUTS?
My foyer is an impressive 12 feet high. As you walk into the foyer, your eyes are drawn to a high window. But what you see through the window is a big, ugly downspout.
IS THERE A WAY TO MAKE WINDOWS ATTRACTIVE WITHOUT CURTAINS OR BLINDS?
I don’t like to use curtains or blinds on windows where I do not need the privacy. But without some window covering, the windows tend to look boring.
How can I convert this outside space into a Small Room?
This small outdoor alcove just outside the back door was ideal to close off with a wall and door in order to make a Mud Room, complete with cloak closet . We used a French door on the new wall and a replaced the typical back door with a french door in order to keep the new room full of light.
About Spaces by Design
Catherine Dishion is a Space Planner/Archetectural Designer who has been handling new construction and remodeling projects from design stage to completion since 1998. She has completed projects in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley as well as Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas. Prior to starting her own business, she worked for a California state wide Real Estate Company for ten years and designed all of their offices located from Southern California to Northern California. Many of the remodels were transforming vintage houses into beautiful office spaces complete with restored fireplaces, some of which had been hidden for years by walls. She has relationships with reputable local vendors who can supply quality services and merchandise needed to complete any project. Catherine is a Space Planner and Architectural Designer. She can prepare computerized floor plans including 3D views. She prefers to not do structural plans thus an Architect will be needed for that phase. However, she can coordinate between you and the Architect as well as work with the architect during the construction phase on your behalf so you receive the product you want.
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Spaces by Design Services
Because of her construction expertise and experience, Catherine can help her client select the licensed Contractor and Architect who is right for her clients, assist in the building permit process, and act as a liaison with the Contractor or Architect during the entire construction phase. Catherine’s projects and expertise include residential, income property and commercial offices. She listens to her clients She has personal hands on experience with plumbing, electrical, roofing, insulation, carpentry, tile, constructing hardscapes, painting and staining. She can produce what is desired for the project. She will transform an unworkable floor plan into one that flows. Every detail including colors, fabrics, and lighting will all tie in. If the plan calls for adding a window, she will make sure the window enhances the exterior view of the property as well. She handles projects in Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara area.