Tag Archives: remodeling

Aging In Place: Kitchen Function, Improved Usability Part 1

Usually, clients who update their bathrooms are the first to look at Design for Aging In Place, but in the next month or two, we’ll be renewing kitchens for two new clients. They both want to incorporate the latest ideas technologies for Aging In Place, while keeping costs down as we go. One will be […]

Aging In Place: A Brutally Honest Assesment

“Aging in Place” means living safely at home. If you are blessed enough to have a good retirement plan, then traveling is great for awhile. However, there is nothing fun about the physical changes to your body as you grow older. Inside, you may feel young at heart, but your body does not always comply. […]

Friends Don't Let Friends Build Under The Influence… Use A Professional!

Sixteen years ago we bought our dream house in the woods. As we moved in met the neighbors, many of them told us that they had hammered a lot of nails into our house.  The process the former owners followed was simple: Invite the neighbors over for a meal, enjoy some beer or wine with […]

Contractor's Corner: Permits are a Project

There are some things money can’t buy, that is a General Contractor who knows their way around a Building Department. It takes some doing, back forth, give take,  getting to know everybody in the place. Mostly, it takes time. In Northern California, we have lots of small municipalities, one overarching county. In all of San Francisco, […]

Clean + Green: Economic Stimulus Saves You Money!

On February 17th, 2009, the President signed into law the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 which contains great benefits for the American homeowner.” How the Economic Stimulus Plan Helps Homeowners  Los Angeles, Calif. (PRWEB) February 18, 2009 — On February 17th, 2009, the President signed into law the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 […]

Aging At Home: The First Step

Deciding to stay in your own home, to age gracefully without moving in with children, or having to move to a new town or even state to find a place to live that suits your physical financial needs as you age, isn’t only a question of health these days. It’s a practical issue brought on by the economics of recession health […]

Contractor’s Corner: Bathroom Remodeling – Do It Yourself?

Bathroom Remodeling Advice                  Most homeowners talk about renovating their bathroom, think it’s just “a small room, I can do it myself.”  The most common piece of bathroom remodeling advice they get is to hire an expert to do the job. It’s not that they are incapable of doing most of the work, but rather […]

Product Spotlight: GranitFire Tile: Stylish, Elegant, & Eco-Friendly.

GranitFire blends inspiration from nature with strength durability to create tiles for counters, walls, flooring. Designed in Italy, manufactured in the USA for high-end porcelain tile at an affordable price. HB Building Design offers a wide selection of GranitFire tiles. Our designers will help you choose the color, size, style, finish to create a look […]


After the winter we’ve had, your house raingutters have taken a beating. Now is the perfect time to check your gutters clean out any debris that may have accumulated since the last time that you checked. Clogged drains can cause water damage from overflow. A few minutes of maintenance can save you a lot of […]