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Builder's Notebook

Builder's Notebook

By S+H Construction
Builder's Notebook: The Podcast shares practical advice to help listeners make informed and intelligent decisions about renovating or building a home. Hosted by Sarah Lawson and Bruce Irving, this informative, nuts and bolts series on home design, construction, and renovation will welcome industry experts and touch on a variety of topics.
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Episode 16: Window of Opportunity
In our season two finale, Sarah and Bruce welcome experts Jane Egge of MacLeod and Moynihan and Jeremy Kindall of New England Window Works to discuss all things windows. First, Jane breaks down replacement windows and the many options available to homeowners. Then, Jeremy talks about rehabbing windows and shares how he works to restore them, making his case on why he feels older windows should never be replaced. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz
55:40
July 27, 2022
Episode 15: A New Perspective
Sarah and Bruce welcome Dee Elms, owner of Elms Interior Design, who gives a new perspective on the spaces you already have in your home. From color choices to millwork to the importance of furniture layout, furniture and rug sizing, and more, Dee shares her advice on reworking your space without adding square footage. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz
36:26
July 13, 2022
Episode 14: It's Easy Being Green
In this episode, Sarah and Bruce welcome Clayton Schuller, President of Select Building Products who shares his new favorite green and sustainable wood products. Then, Clayton provides insight on steps homeowners can take to make sure their homes are running as efficiently as possible. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz
39:16
June 29, 2022
Episode 13: All About Kitchens
The kitchen, once hidden behind closed doors, has become the centerpiece of a home. It is not only where people gather to eat, but more times than not, has a multipurpose use. In this episode, Sarah and Bruce welcome Alisha Serras, owner of Scavolini Showroom to talk about contemporary kitchens. From design aesthetics, to how to properly hide appliances, Alisha, who devotes her entire career to kitchen design, shares with Sarah and Bruce her expertise on the most important space in your home. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz
36:35
June 15, 2022
Episode 12: Diversifying the Future of the Trade
Sarah and Bruce welcome Dee Tavares, Project Development Manager at YouthBuild Boston and Adjunct Instructor at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Dee, who is helping shape the future of the trade industry, shares with Sarah and Bruce the YouthBuild Boston mission and their programs that are helping diversify the building, construction, architecture and design industries. Plus, Dee talks about the different initiatives he is a part of at Wentworth. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz
28:38
June 01, 2022
Episode 11: What A Disaster!
Sarah and Bruce welcome Brendan Driscoll from Driscoll Electric and Ed Sullivan from S+H Construction to take a close look at  house disasters and how to prevent them! Brendan dives into how to head off typical and not-so-typical electrical issues that can happen in you home and S+H's Ed Sullivan is back to talk about all types of water disasters, from ice dams to groundwater, and the best methods to avoid a very costly situation. This is one you won't want to miss! Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz
44:07
May 18, 2022
Episode 10: You're Hot Then You're Cold
Sarah and Bruce welcome Paul MacDougall, Principal of MacDougall Plumbing and Mechanical to talk all things heating and cooling. Paul shares some of the main things people want from their heating and cooling systems, along with some of the benefits and drawbacks of various systems. Plus, Paul provides insider knowledge on automated systems.
38:38
May 04, 2022
Episode 9: Look before you Leap
Builder's Notebook is back! In the first episode of Season Two, Sarah and Bruce catch viewers up on what's kept them busy these past few months, then welcome Tracey Litt of Litt Home Inspection. Tracey de-mystifies the Home Inspection process, what she looks for, how she operates, and why a proper inspection is so important. Plus, Tracey divulges to Sarah and Bruce some of the worst and most expensive things she's seen and gives her honest opinion on why waiving home inspections is a recipe for disaster. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz
33:54
April 20, 2022
Episode 8: Not Just The Curtains
Sarah and Bruce welcome Michael Ferzoco, principal of Eleven Interiors, an award-winning Boston-based interior design firm, in our Season One finale. Sarah, Bruce, and Michael dive into the world of interior design, touching on the difference between hiring a designer for a decoration project vs. a design/build project. Michael explains the stages of the design process and how a designer helps clients navigate through the plethora of choices available to fine-tune their style, turning a concept into reality. Finally, the team discusses the invaluable collaboration between a builder and designer and how this ultimately saves time, money, and your sanity! Have questions for our next season? Reach out to us at BuildersNotebookPodcast@gmail.com. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz
35:33
December 22, 2021
Episode 7: Fusing Old and New
New England has one of the richest and most extensive collections of historic residential homes in the country. And while we love our old homes, renovating one of these masterpieces can often be an overwhelming undertaking. For this episode, Sarah and Bruce welcome Treff LaFleche, Principal of LDa Architecture & Interiors and expert on renovating historic homes. Treff shares advice on how to be a good steward to an old house and how to lead with sustainability and comfort. Sarah, Bruce, and Treff also dive into the pros and cons of tackling this type of renovation,and how to remain true to the home's original glory while making it functional for modern living. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz
41:04
December 08, 2021
Episode 6: The Snowball Effect
Sarah and Bruce are joined by Pete Ferrero, a Job Supervisor at S+H Construction, to discuss the process of a project and the age-old question of what exactly is taking so long! From the early stages of electric, plumbing and drywall to the later stages of flooring, tile work and finishes, Pete weighs in on where exactly all of these items fall within a timeline, how it happens, what the homeowner can do to make sure the process goes smoothly, and how one change can cause a snowball effect. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz
35:09
November 24, 2021
Episode 5: Our House is Sealed
Sarah and Bruce welcome award-winning architect and principal of Zero Energy Design, Stephanie Horowitz. Learn the difference between a high-performance home, a zero energy or net zero home, and a passive home, and what it takes to design them. Stephanie, Sarah and Bruce also share their knowledge on updating an older home to make it more energy efficient, and why windows can make a world of a difference. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz
31:13
November 10, 2021
Episode 4: Let There Be Light!
Sarah and Bruce welcome Lucy Dearborn, owner of Lucia Lighting in Lynn, MA to talk all things lighting! From proper layering in kitchens to  creating the right ambiance outdoors to the evolution of LED lighting, this lively discussion provides tips on how lighting might just be one of the most important design decisions for your home.
29:42
October 27, 2021
Episode 3: Trusting your Senses
Wood gutters, uneven flooring, cracking in the walls – should you be concerned? If you're considering buying an older home, what clues should you look for to help determine how well the home was cared for and what should make you run? Sarah and Bruce discuss how your eyes, nose, and feet can tell you a lot more than you think. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information on Sarah and Bruce visit www.SHConstruction.com and www.BruceIrving.biz 
24:29
October 13, 2021
Episode 2: Basement Water – Can't Live With It, CAN Live Without It
Water, water everywhere!! This year has seen an unprecedented number of rain storms, taking a toll on our homes. S+H's Field Director Ed Sullivan, joins Sarah and Bruce to tackle the topic of water in the basement– a homeowners' nightmare. Learn how it happens, why it happens, and what you can do to prevent it from happening in the future. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information visit www.SHConstruction.com
22:59
September 29, 2021
Episode 1: The Humble Brag
Meet Our Hosts! Sarah Lawson, owner of S+H Construction and Bruce Irving, renovation and real estate expert, share how they started in the business, their bumps-in-the-road, their successes, and lessons learned along the way. Builder's Notebook is recorded and produced by JDCommunications, Inc  Theme music by Sean Ryan Peters For more information visit www.SHConstruction.com 
17:05
September 29, 2021