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I will answer questions about designing and building a new home, building an addition, remodeling a home, sustainability ("green" building and remodeling), aging-in-place, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling. The goal is to help homeowners achieve ultimate satisfaction with all of their choices and decisions.

Experience in the area

Over 25 years in residential design, construction, improvement, and remodeling. Hundreds of completed projects in all ranges of investment. Author of the award-winning book "THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling," host of "Today's Home" on Lifestyle WebRadio, and public speaker.


National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Interior Design Protection Council (IDPC)


THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling. Designer's Illustrated, Gentry, Interior Coordinator (Japan), Kitchen-Bath Business, Kitchen-Bath Design News, Oregonian, Portland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, San Mateo Times, Statesman Journal


Degrees in residential interior design, bath design, kitchen design, and lighting design. To improve knowledge about codes, products, and trends that will affect homeowners, I regularly attend tradeshows, conferences, classes, and seminars, and read 7 major trade magazines and newsletters.

Awards and Honors

Certified Master Kitchen-Bath Designer (CMKBD), Certified Interior Designer (NCIDQ), Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (C.A.P.S.). AWARDS: Henry Adams, Chrysalis, Best of the Best, CoTY, Master Design, HBA Excellence. 2003 NABE Award for best how-to book.

Past/Present Clients

Please see the portfolio in my website,

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Recent Answers from Diane Plesset

2017-02-17 Live Load for Room to Be Used as a Library:

Hello.    Your question is very interesting, because I'm working on a project where we have to get permits to convert an attic used for storage that my clients want to use as a living space. The building

2016-08-19 Curbside mailbox:

Hello, Henry.    Before you build your mailbox, take time to check with the local postmaster to see if there are plans to add a cluster box in your neighborhood. If you've seen other cluster mailboxes

2015-12-19 siding:

Hello, Jerome.  My answer is based on the key phrase in your question: you want to up the value of your home. Whether it's for your personal peace of mind, or resale, I recommend that you remove ALL

2015-05-06 noise,:

You're welcome, Helen.    Water does discolor wood. Dry rot happens when moisture doesn't evaporate, stays on wood for a long time and makes it soft. I had a project not long ago where there was so much

2015-05-04 noise:

Hello, Helen.    From your description, it sounds like you have two distinct problems: a bad repair job on the roof over your porch, and settling of your home. Not knowing when the roof work was done,


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