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Ann Architect, Renovation Design GroupAnnie Architect, Renovation Design Group

Renovation Solutions is weekly column on architectural home design by Ann Robinson and Annie Schwemmer, Principal Architects of Renovation Design Group, a Utah architectural firm focusing on home renovation design.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Send in your renovation questions

By Ann Robinson and Annie Schwemmer

We started writing this renovation column back in April 2005. With our five-year anniversary, we wanted to turn our attention to our readers.

First of all, thank you for reading. And to the Deseret News, thank you for giving us a place to write every week.

This family had a remodel done just in time to host their annual Super Bowl party in a much better space for gathering.

Over the past five years, we have covered home remodels from just about every angle. We have tried to pass on our knowledge and give ideas to inspire you.

Some of our favorite columns are when we feature finished projects. It has been fun to go back and talk with our past clients and see how redesigning their home has changed their lives.

We have found families really are happier when they have the right place to live.

After her remodel, one client wrote in to thank us. "Our beautiful new home has literally changed our lives," she says.

"Our family now has a place to gather together, and our children bring their friends home to play. I used to be too embarrassed to invite people into my home, but now I love to host parties and large family gatherings in our new home."

This is not a unique response. Several of our clients talk of hosting more parties and gathering together more as a family.

They talk of eating together and cooking at home more often. One family was happily surprised after their remodel when their teenage daughters started getting along better. The mom said she knew the girls would be happier, but she didn't expect such a transformation just by giving them a little of their own space.

Of course, we can't promise family bliss after a home remodel, but it is true when your space functions better, you live better.

This next year, we plan to continue to reflect on the clients who have been through the remodeling process, but we also want to focus on you — our readers.

What do you want to know?

What questions do you have for us about the remodeling process, design or residential architecture?

Send your questions to with "Ask Ann and Annie" in the subject line, or simply comment on our article at and we will try to answer your questions through Renovation Solutions.

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you find answers to start or move you through the remodeling process. As always, we welcome your home architect design questions at

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If you are considering a remodel project, please Request a Free Consultation with Ann or Annie.

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