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I will answer questions about anything to do with bathroom remodeling: design considerations, safety, function, materials (cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures and fittings, lighting/switching, heating and ventilation, tile, stone, concrete, tub and shower enclosures, flooring, etc.), saving water, trends, ROI, and appearance.

Experience in the area

25+ years as a bath-kitchen design specialist, hundreds of completed bathroom projects (all styles, all investment ranges). Author of "THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling," co-host of a home improvement program on a local radio station for over three years. Currently hosting "Today's Home" on Lifestyle WebRadio every Sunday afternoon (http://www.todays-home.com).


NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association), NAHB (National Association of Home Builders), PRO (Portland Remodelers' Organization), IDPC (Interior Design Protection Council).


"THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling" (my book, published in 2003), Designers' Illustrated Magazine, Gentry Magazine, Kitchen-Bath Business Magazine, Kitchen-Bath Design News Magazine,Interior Coordinator Magazine (Japan); San Jose Mercury News, San Mateo Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Statesman Journal, Portland Tribune, Oregonian.


Multiple degrees: Bathroom Design, Residential Interior Design, Kitchen Design, and Lighting Design. Regularly attend classes and seminars to maintain current knowledge about codes, trends, sustainability, new products, etc.

Awards and Honors

Awards: Henry Adams Designer of the Year, CoTY, Master Design, Best of the Best, Chrysalis, Excellence (best home in its category), and NABE (best how-to book, 2003). "THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling" received #1 listing in the City of Chicago publication, "Hiring The Pros".

Past/Present Clients

To see photos of completed projects, visit my website: http://www.dp-design.com/portfolio

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2016-10-05 drywall:

Hi, Paul.    I imported your photo into Paintshop Pro, so I could make it larger and see details. It looks like there's staining around the area of the light fixture, although I don't see the holes you

2016-08-25 Stud Finder Significance:

Good Morning, Julia.    You're NOT dumb. My answer wasn't specific enough for you; I'm sorry. Your question is so good, I'm thinking about making a video about it!     If you follow the instructions to

2016-08-22 Stud Finder Significance:

Hello, Julia.    I'm so glad you asked this question! If more people would be as careful as you are, they'd avoid problems. Good for you, for taking the time to ask!    Stud finders can be deceiving. When

2016-01-02 room redesign for elderly:

Hello, Rubye.    I've created a plan for you, and have prepared perspectives, so you can see what I've done. Thank you so much for clarifying all the information that was very helpful.     I'm recommending

2016-01-01 room redesign for elderly:

Success, Rubye! Thank you!    I was able to import your plan into my cad software, and I've started working on a plan for you, but I have some preliminary questions:    1. How important is it to have a


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