So many of us are into HGTV's shows, and lately, I've been obsessed with Chip & Joanna Gaines on HGTV's Fixer Upper. Have you ever thought, "I wish I could get into a house and have the beauty that they show AND have instant equity"? Have you ever wondered why they buy a house, and then find the problems? Have you had those thoughts and then put them out of your mind because you know a TV crew isn't going to show up in your driveway and you figure remodeling won't turn out that easy? Seriously, you CAN experience this for yourself...just without the TV crew.
We all know the analogy of comparing apples and oranges, and throughout our lives, we strive to decipher the differences that we see between products, companies, services, and experiences so that we know best which one to choose. In the end, the goal is to compare apples to apples, or oranges to oranges. We do this in the produce isle all the time, right? If apples are 99 cents each, we compare one apple to another and choose the largest because it's the best price for the amount of apple we get to eat.
We want and need to compare services, but the question is how to do soWhen comparing services, it is hard to know when we have truly compared apples to apples. For instance, we tend to assume that two computers will operate the same when they have the same specs. But we now know that there are some brands that don't hold up in the long run, and too often, we choose the less expensive option and end up paying the price in the end either by frustration or purchase of a replacement, or both.
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Every new project is exciting for us to begin as each is a new challenge to design an attractive building. But each project also brings the opportunity to work with a new set of tastes, needs, desires, and limits. This project did not disappoint. The description for this new construction home was re-iterated several times to us to have a large, open area family space. Other than that, the owners wanted 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, home office and full basement.
Communication is critical in remodeling projects. Whether you are the client, the general contractor, the permitting office, or a vendor/supplier, understanding the project is vital to approving a color, selecting the right parts, or scheduling the right crews to work. Today, we found another tool that helps communicate the vision to the team. SketchFab allows us to upload and share a full 3D model with the team and it is online so no special software to purchase. You can move around the model with your mouse. Check out this 3D model of recent addition project in Frankfort, Indiana below.
We recently purchased some new technology to expand our capabilities and options for communicating our passion for good design and good business. This new direction has placed me square in the middle of a black hole of options now. Who can I follow? Where can I follow them? What is going to be my practice so I don’t fall into the black hole of social media wherein one can waste so much time? Searching for articles on iTunes apps for designers and business has yielded few results. I’ve even suggested this topic to a magazine editor today. Then, the thought flew into my mind, “Why don’t you write down what you’ve found in your searching, and list the few that look like they could help?” So, here I am… Mind you, this is a list of iPhone and iPad apps. Sorry Android, I did switch to the other side.
- Social Media
- Flipboard This has been a great find, and, I think, helps to reduce the time in the black hold of time wasting while maximizing what you want to see.
- Pinterest I’ve had fun getting on this one and just sharing some great looking pictures.
- Houzz Do I need to say more?
- Facebook Pages