Kathy Price-Robinson

Photo on 3-20-14 at 3.30 PM #3New Orleans, Louisiana

Email: kathyprice@aol.com
Web: kathyprice.com

References

CURRENT INTERESTS

  • Video Editing — Especially remodeling and homebuilding topics
  • Front Porches — Advocating for the use and building of front porches for social good
  • Remodel Features — Before & After profiles for magazines, newspapers and online
  • Continuing Education Units — Both articles and PowerPoint presentations
  • New Orleans Features — Anything about this amazing city

CURRENT WORKS

  • Blog — Kathy’s Remodeling Blog — More than 1,100 posts
  • CEUs — AIA-certified online Continuing Education Units, PPT and print articles
  • Initiative/PortalFront Porch Nation, CEO/Editor, advocating for the use and building of front porches in order to foster community connections and social change

 RECENT and BODIES OF WORK

  • Article — Home Energy Magazine — Ranch Style Teaching in Montana — (2012)
  • Video — DSLD Homes — Homeowner Video Series
  • Video — DSLD Homes — Trade Partner Training Series
  • VideoGoing Up Going Green — Video series on raised-floor homes
  • Video — Train2Build — On-the-Job Training: RRP Lead-Safe Practices
  • CEU — Online Educational Unit for Raised Floor Living — Options for Raised Wood Floor Foundations
  • Online Guide The Appraiser’s Guide to Green Building Update — Funded by a grant from The Appraisers Research Foundation — (2012)
  • Video — New Orleans City Park — 5 Years Later: Recovery from Hurricane Katrina
  • Video — Alexis Marceaux — One Fish Music Video
  • Video — Book Trailer — The Fear Within: Spies, Commies, and American Democracy on Trial
  • Article — Green Building Advisor — Energy Auditing Class in Montana — (2011)
  • ArticleRemodeling Magazine — Customized Remodels — (2011)
  • ArticleRemodeling Magazine — Use of Translucent Panels — (2010)
  • BlogAOL DIY Life — Featured Writer
  • Series — Just In Time Homebuilding Series — Louisiana State University AgCenter — 2008— 2009
  • Online Guide — The Appraiser’s Guide to Green Building — Funded by TARF — 2009
  • Blog — Pardon Our Dust — Los Angeles Times — 2007—2008 (800+ postings)
  • BookKitty Bartholomew’s Decorating Style — Rodale — 2005
  • Series — Pardon Our Dust — Los Angeles Times — 1997–2008 (100+ monthly features)
  • Editor — Notebook Section, Journal of Light Construction (1997-1998)
  • Series — The Way We Live — Santa Barbara News-Press — 1989–1996 (350 weekly features)
  • Series — Profiles in Faith — Santa Barbara News-Press — 1992–1994 (110 weekly features)

AWARDS AND GRANTS

  • 2012 — Grant from Appraiser Research Foundation to update The Appraiser’s Guide to Green Building
  • 2008—2009 — Grant from Appraiser Research Foundation for The Appraiser’s Guide to Green Building
  • 2003 — Winner of the first annual Bivens Fellowship from the National Association of Real Estate Editors
  • 2001 — Winner, Second Place, Best Series from the National Association of Real Estate Editors

EXPERIENCE

Housing writer and videograper for 20+ years, published in the Los Angeles Times, Remodeling Magazine, Upscale Remodeling, Better Homes and Gardens, Journal of Light Construction, Urban Land Journal, Multi-family Homes, Westways, Santa Barbara News-Press, Fine Homebuilding, Qualified Remodeler, Engineered Wood Journal, Appraisal Institute, Home.com and other publications.

 EDUCATION

California State University Los Angeles, broadcasting and journalism major, GPA 3.4
Student teacher, Marshall High School, Los Feliz, Video Production

SELECTED WORKS

Pardon Our Dust Series, Los Angeles Times

Remodeling Q&A Series, Los Angeles Times

Home-Buying Strategies Series, Los Angeles Times

Features, Los Angeles Times

Certified Continuing Education Units

AOL DIY Life

Remodeling Ideas: Realtor.com

Discovery Company — TLC

Discovery Company  — How Stuff Works

 Bob Vila.com

Daily Press

The Times-Picayune

 Orlando Sentinel

The Hartford Courant

Appraisal Institute: Valuation Insights and Perspectives

Remodeling Magazine

  • Ruff-ing It: Creating a Dog Nook — Personalized design of a mudroom creates a dedicated spot for the client’s dog.
  • All-Access Pass: Accessible Sinks — For clients who use a wheelchair, nothing beats a bathroom sink with legroom underneath.
  • All-Access Pass: Showers — Accessible showers demand special products and techniques.
  • All-Access Pass: Cents & Sensibility — In a tight economy, saving money on cabinets could mean the difference between a client signing a contract or not.
  • All-Access Pass: Cabinet SaversTo find out what your clients need, encourage them to visualize how the kitchen will work in different scenarios and ask plenty of questions about how they intend to use the space.
  • All-Access Pass: Universal Design in the Bathroom; Affordable Cabinets in the Kitchen Bathroom design with accessibility in mind; kitchen design that gets clients the most bang for their buck in cabinets.
  • Getting Personal: Ways to Add Personal Touches to a Project Incorporating individualized design details tailored for the homeowner into the project without compromising the home’s resale value.
  • See-Through Style: Design With Translucent Panels Translucent panels provide separation of spaces while still allowing light to penetrate.
  • Selling the Mantel: Fireplace Mantel as Striking Focal Point More than just adding warmth and beauty to a room, a fireplace mantel can provide a little drama and focus.
  • Have a Seat: Making the Most of Small Spaces to Provide Cozy Kitchen Seating — The banquette: A design idea for maximizing seating in a small space.
  • Trusted Handoff The day that Jim Fisher met and hired Pete Valentino — the man who would ultimately buy his remodeling business — came about as a result of two factors: analysis and enterprise. The analysis was done by Fisher in the mid-1990s after he observed the manner in which most contractors retired: by…
  • Sustainable Cabinets — Designers and homeowners have a range of green cabinet options to choose from.
  • A payoff for green practicesGreen building principles are not just a feel-good happenstance at Allen Associates in Santa Barbara, Calif. Rather, a quantifiable number of green elements are required for each project, and green efforts beyond the minimum can raise an associate’s quarterly bonus.
  • Curved composite deck shows creativityJulia and Dave Bodell must have good karma. How else to explain their great luck in being asked to build one of the most remarkable decks in their careers, a $250,000 multi-toned, multilevel Trex deck and arbor at the Los Angeles Arboretum?
  • Key accountabilities set firm’s bonus schedule 
— There’s no mystery about bonuses for associates at Allen Associates in Santa Barbara, Calif., which does an annual volume of $21 million in upscale remodeling and new construction.
  • Lakeside House Remodeled Skyward— Scott and Jennifer Ericson remodeled their home in Lake Oswego, Ore., two years ago, but the family’s remodeling challenges originated in 1957, when their low-slung bungalow was built in the midst of a lakeside building boom.
  • Steps toward carbon neutrality — While politicians in Washington, D.C., debate whether or not the U.S. should try to address global warming, architects and contractors are taking steps to do just that.
  • Three to WatchDeep in the minds of many remodelers, one big question looms: What happens to my company when I retire?
  • Sheltered courtyard additions create quiet, safe play spacesWhen Austin, Texas, contractor Shiloh Hartman was asked to remodel an architect’s personal home, he was apprehensive. “Often there is this thing between architects and builders,” Hartman says. “It would be a challenge for me working on an architect’s house. That’s their dream. It would be even more..
  • How to transition projects successfully from design to constructionIn a sloppy or rushed handoff, details worked out by the designer and expected by the client can get lost like sand through the boards of a deck. Although a flawless handoff is key to a successful project, the foundations for it are laid long before the pre-construction meeting when the actual…
  • Taking outdoor living to the highest levels of luxuryIn the beginning, outdoor living was the only option. Early humans then took shelter in caves and huts, and with the progress of civilization retreated to cottages, condos, tract homes, and mansions. Eventually, humans ventured outdoors again, to cook on tin barbecues and nap on aluminum loungers…
  • An outdated, claustrophobic bath is transformedDuring the months that it took David Shall and Susan Corzilius to get a $65,000 remodel of their master bathroom, one moment stands out as especially gratifying. It was an August evening in their Southern California home. After five months of planning — and the day before construction began — Shall…
  • Hartman Baldwin has cultivated a loyal high-end clienteleWhen builders Devon Hartman and Bill Baldwin founded their company in 1978, the young duo had one overriding goal: to do jobs that were, according to Hartman, at the “absolute top end.”
  • Customized One Week BathWhen a salesperson from Tarzana, Calif.-based One Week Bath visits potential clients, they lay out the choices — 4 styles of cabinets, 10 finishes, several solid surfaces — as well as the parameters — no structural work, no moving of plumbing or electrical. Such a tight program helps in two ways:…
  • Upgrading a duplex in Los Angeles When Leanna Sun bought her tiny, rundown duplex in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles, it did seem like a miracle. As a divorced mom who was between jobs, Sun’s prospects of home-ownership had seemed bleak until she finally found the right property.
  • Looking back at company changesThe Big50 is a remodeling business excellence award for best practices. Every May, REMODELING inducts 50 new companies who have set the standard for professionalism and integrity through smart marketing, exemplary business practices, unique design, and extraordinary impact on their community or the…
  • Knatz and Mulvey team with Devereaux, an ex-foe, for a remodeling jobWhen Geraldine Knatz and John Mulvey set out to renovate their 1936 Long Beach, Calif., home — with its exquisite leaded glass windows, clipped gables, and charming shingled roof and walls — the one person Knatz knew to call for advice was a man she had just spent months battling in court.
  • Different perspectives about running a businessNot all remodelers come to the business by way of the craft. In the examples collected here, the ability of four individuals to adapt skills and expertise from other vocations enabled them to overcome a lack of hands-on construction knowledge and build successful remodeling companies.
  • Basement library addition for the overflow of booksTwo major remodeling jobs on a modernist house in sunny California elevate practical storage spaces to works of art.

Book Reviews

Travel

APA Wood: The Engineered Wood Journal

Professional Remodeler

Journal of Light Construction

Books

Personal Growth

 

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