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The "build up" has many different connotations, which makes it an apt name for a design/build firm's blog.

We often build up one another with kind words. We build up future events in our minds, especially those milestones like weddings. And, of course, we literally "build up" when we're constructing a new home, starting with the foundation and working from there.

This blog serves as a place to build up your education arsenal and learn about different aspects of the design/build process, see examples of our work, and read additional articles on things relating to home renovation, such as interior decorating and design.

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Home Renovation Tips: Granite vs. Quartz vs. Solid Surface

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One of the big items people need to consider as they plan their renovations is the materials they're going to use for things like countertops, cabinets, showers, backsplashes, and more.

Kitchen Ideas: Easy Upgrades You Can Do Yourself

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Need some simple kitchen upgrade ideas? We've got you covered. These simple upgrades are all quick and easy. Most of them can be done in an afternoon by just about any handy homeowner.

Home Maintenance Tips: Do These 3 Things this Fall


So it looks like the calendar wants us to face the facts: we need to let go of summer and embrace the fall ahead. (Sigh.)

Bathroom Designs: Let's Talk Showers

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There's nothing quite like a hot shower, is there? At its most basic, a shower is an efficient way to get clean. It uses just half the water as an average bath and has the added benefit of rinsing the dirty water away rather than keeping the bather immersed in it.

6 Things to Think About Before You Move Forward with a Kitchen Remodel

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The kitchen remodel is one of the most popular home renovations. In the typical American home, the kitchen is the center of all family activity. It seems like everyone in the house gravitates to the kitchen, and not just for cooking, but to share meals, hang out, read, do homework…the list goes on and on.

Kitchen Ideas: Choosing Stoves - What to Keep in Mind

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In ancient times, the fire was the center of the home. It was the sole source of light, heat, and hot food. After dark, families would gather around the fireplace to eat, talk, and sleep. Perhaps this is why the words heart and hearth sound so similar.

Home Improvement RI: The Pros and Cons of DIY vs. Using a Pro

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If you are planning a home improvement project in Rhode Island (or anyplace else), you have many different options to consider. One of these options is the choice of do-it-yourself or hiring a pro. There are pros and cons to either option. These are four areas you should consider before making your decision.

Splish, Splash! Here's Our Latest Rhode Island Bathroom Renovation

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What is it about a bathtub that just screams "relaxation"? OK, maybe "scream" isn't the right word. It's more of a whisper, one that murmurs, "Go ahead. Slip right into this warm water with a good book and a glass of wine. RELAX. You deserve it."

Hebert Design/Build Tips: Garden Fest 2014

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At Hebert Design/Build, we like providing tidbits on beautifying your home inside and out (and not necessarily through major renovations either, even though that's our passion and specialty).

Many of you are clients or former clients, so we know you might not need to renovate another space in your home just yet. But there's always a need for home decor tips, tricks, and inspiration, right?

This month--since Mother Nature has FINALLY started to cooperate--we're dedicating the newsletter to backyards and gardens. If you like to garden (or if you simply like to see what other people are doing), you'll likely appreciate the roundup of blogs and articles we've captured for you below. Enjoy!

6 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About Universal Design

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What is universal design? There are many inaccurate preconceptions about it. It does not mean simply adding ramps and smooth floors to make buildings wheelchair accessible. It does not require a purely utilitarian, institutional look.

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