The Handmade House

  It was three degrees this morning my tile installer told me. He added that is without wind chill factored in. He was here promptly around 9 AM to finish grouting my kids’ bath. 2014 was the year of finally doing work around our own home. The danger of being an architect and also being…

#archimom and what her kids know

I am an #archimom to three teenagers. I can only hope they have fond childhood memories. My sole proprietor practice is residential,  single family homes with clients that become friends. I also teach a first year Environmental Design Studio at University of Missouri-Kansas City and print make in my tiny amount of free time.  …

Distinct Rooms Make A Home Feel Larger

Recently a professor I teach with asked me about a house just down the street from mine.  It is a striking new build home with a great profile of two gables and the entry centered between. Not exactly traditional exterior,  yet not modern a wonderful comfortable blend. It has been off and the market for…

“Save This Old House” was once in my family

This Old House is a great magazine for home enthusiasts. Imagine my sister’s surprise when she was reading it one afternoon and our ancestor’s home was listed on the Save This Old House page. It was as if the house was on a milk carton. How did it get there? Why isn’t it in our…

Happy Client!

Happy Thanksgiving!   I am a tad bit late but wanted to share a nice note I received last week from a client. It is true I do care as much about your home as you do!   Hope your holiday was wonderful! This time of year potential client calls increase due to celebrating the…

Coolaroos are cool and spoofable!

Last week on Mother’s Day I wrote about being both mom and an architect.  Actually Mother’s Day is a very important change of  seasons here in Kansas City.  At least for my family it is. Three very important events happen: 1. The hard top on  my Jeep Wrangler is replaced with the soft top for the summer to allow easy top…

Interior Doors!

here is the link and the entire article I wrote for the Kansas City Star on interior doors! update link has been removed by KC Star site so here is article…     DRAWING BOARD Drawing Board | Interior doors shouldn’t be an afterthought Mirrors, glass and sturdy construction are worth the extra expense. By REBECCA RIDEN…

Squirrel’s Happy Halloween Home

Happy Halloween! I couldn’t resist.  A fun celebration of my 20th post! A perfect custom home! He got a jump start on carving!  My kids will  happily carve windows (eyes) too! Maybe even skylights also! He might not like the fireplace (candle) though! Enjoy!    

Living Fence

We have two fences around our pool. One is the safety required fence and the other was a delightful accident! When we bought our home years ago, our daughter was a toddler. The backyard of this existing 1960’s split level came with a pool smack dab in the middle. It proved difficult for a small…

Coolaroos are Cool!

Fall is here! Labor Day weekend in the  Midwest ushered  in perfectly cool air after a week of extremely hot temperatures. Imagine it being over 100 degrees in the shade! Finally Sunday morning it felt refreshing outside. The first time in months! Sitting outside reading Sunday’s paper with a cup of hot coffee, made me…

Show me the Money

Actually it is really “just tell me the price!” I like to know how much stuff costs. It helps me decide if I need it, want it or if it is even remotely close to the budget. I come by this honestly. I am the youngest in a big family. We had amazing camping vacations…