Better Homes & Gardens Magazine: many thanks!

BHG_June13_1We moved in just before having Maggie, and it was a definitely a project! We tore up the wall to wall carpeting, repainted the mint chip walls and ceiling, and added all new light fixtures before decorating the place from top to bottom. We drew the design concept from an antique nautical chart of Martha’s Vineyard, which combines the wonderfully natural taupe patina of the paper, with soft greens and periwinkle blues. Our home is chock-full of family heirlooms, quirky antiques that we have collected together, commissioned art, and custom furnishings that were built to be both cozy and bullet proof to withstand toddlers and golden retrievers, alike.

All above images courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens- photography by Reed Davis

I also wanted to share one of my favorite nooks that they did not include in the magazine. I just think its a fun transitional space, and you can see how the dinning room and living room relate to each other.

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Here's what I would recommend. I remember using a program called Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer something or other, it was made by a company called Chief Architect (a good company I forgot to mention, but I barely got into their demo software...).
I picked the software up for like $50 or so. Well worth it.
It isn't nearly suitable for plans you'll submit to the city or county, but it's great to help your architect save time and you money. It's very intuitive, and what really makes it shine is where it lacks it precision (+/- an inch, +/- 5 degrees or so), it's close enough to give your architect a rough draft

Can you recommend a designer?

I am sorry this isn't about gardening, but i thought maybe if people in this thread enjoyed gardening and investing time in their gardens they also may have done some home improvements.
I'm looking for some referals for design build firms to help us design a second story addition to our home. This is a big project and would like to hire someone who others have used and were very happy with. I believe that word of mouth is the best way to find the right person.
If you have used someone to design a remodel for you and you thought they were really great to work with and did a beautiful job, could you please post their contact information for me?
I looked for a home improvement topic in the discussion forum and didn't see one, but if I overlooked it please feel free to...

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