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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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Thomas02/21/17101010Very knowledgeable and extremely thorough!
Gabriel11/03/16101010Thank you very much,
Julia08/28/16101010I would definitely nominate Diane for Volunteer .....
Rubye01/13/16101010Wonderful, well thought out ideas. She went .....
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Recent Answers from Diane Plesset

2017-02-21 Bathroom ceiling requirements:

Thank you so much, Thomas, for taking the time to reply! I'm relieved to know that the 12" height difference in the floor is to alleviate the serious problem of a sunken tub (will never understand why

2017-02-17 Bathroom ceiling requirements:

Hello, Thomas.    Unfortunately, I had to make an educated guess about your situation because I don't have all the dimensions I need, i.e.: How deep (or tall) is your tub, and how wide front to back? I

2017-01-01 yale lock jamming:

Hi, Bob.    I am not a locksmith, and I've never personally taken apart an interior lock. Hard to diagnose what's causing it to jam. I am concerned, though, about using silicone spray, which can cause

2016-11-03 water condition:

Hello, Gabe.    I don't have much personal experience with water softeners, but several of my clients have added water softeners to their homes, and seem to be happy with the results. I can't think of

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


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