Houzz - Home Design, Decorating and Remodeling Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchen and Bathroom Design
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How do you know when to harvest?
   February 15, 2015 at 12:36AM
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Namakau Mutumba
jmages would really help especially for first timers like myself. am on the net almost all the time and buying garden magazines and getting more confused with so many ideas.
   on Monday at 2:49PM
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This is my favorite kind of Houzz feature--a warm, inviting space with a welcome entryway even in a small area, simple non-window treatment to maximize light, furniture in proportion and arranged for conversation and relaxation--no honking brown or black leather couches--yet comfy as can be. Even the large TV dilemma is solved--it doesn't dominate and sits on a styish piece to draw the eye away from the black TV when it's off.

I also enjoy seeing how creatives work in thrift and Craigslist finds without anything looking junky or cluttered. Many people posing decorating dilemmas about how to make their spaces cozier, warmer, yet uncluttered could learn a lot by studying this couples' space

P.S. Love the chalkboard behind the bed. Next saying above the bed: "parents of teens nightmare." :)

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Hydrant Studio
The permit process exists in order to maintain a minimum building standard for the local community, which can help stabilize real estate values, help protect the community, reduce litigation, etc.. Being an architect I am always surprised that people want to jeopardize their safety over a few hundred dollars and a month or two of extra time ( often less).

Sometimes building departments do require permits for seemingly petty items, but think of what probably caused this. Take for an example, changing a faucet. One time someone,somewhere upgraded their fixtures before selling their home. The new home owner one day a few weeks after buying the place comes home to a flooded house because a plumbing connection came apart. A lawsuit proceeds, the city gets dragged into it, thus the city now requires a permit for it. The city is trying to protect themselves as well as trying to protect the community.

If someone is unsure if a permit is required or wanted help in navigating the permit process, call a licensed professional, a registered architect. If it is regarding a house, find a residential architect. Not to step on contractors or builders toes, great contractors are with their weight in gold, but many jurisdictions require zero training and education to be a contractor, especially on small residential work. To be a licensed architect anywhere in the US, they have a minimum 5 year college degree, 3 year supervised internship, a 7 part exam, and a review by the state board.

I know your thought "an architect is going to add cost" That is a misconception that could be addressed by a long narrative. Planning up front has it money saving features over the long haul that is hard to quantify without a in depth examination. Trust me, by the time the city gets done making your go to court, passing city costs, ripping up your work, paying double for your permit, dragging their feet because you pissed them off without getting a permit in the first place, you will have saved money by hiring an architect.
Jon M. Hiatt RA LEED GA
Architect, Designer, Home Inspector
Hydrant Studio
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.

Over the past years I have helped hundreds of people with little design jobs. Over this time the number of clients who actually got permits is less than 5%. The number of people who have said they live outside the jurisdiction of permits has got to be over 50%.

So what do you do when you don't have a permit because you can't get one?

Self Inspect. Flood test those showers people!

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