Dream Projects


Working in the home improvement industry means working for clients. Your job is to make homeowners’ housing dreams come true, whatever they may be. But home professionals usually got into the business due to a personal interest in their profession, and they often have their own ideas about what the perfect lighting setup or housing layout would look like. Unfortunately, client tastes come first, and so they rarely have the opportunity to work on that dream project. Which is why we at eLocal want to find out what those dream projects are.

Why We’re Asking

Our professionals all have a love for the home improvement industry, and with a love of a profession comes very specific opinions about the best way to design a project. All that untapped creative potential shouldn’t go to waste, so we want to know what dream projects our professionals would love to work on, but just haven’t had the chance. If you had an unlimited budget and/or a client willing to let anything fly, what masterpieces could you unleash on the world?

So tell us, experts:

What would your dream project look like?

Have you ever seen an installation/design and desperately wanted to try doing it yourself?

If money were no object, what would your own housing setup look like?

What’s the most interesting or creative project you have gotten to do?

Home improvement is a creative industry, and our professionals have all kinds of ideas about what you can do with just a little bit of innovating thinking. We want to hear about these dream projects!

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!


  1. I am so fortunate to have access to the best of the best materials and products, so dreaming happens on a regular basis. My dream was to have a large bedroom and master bathroom ours was small.
    Twelve years ago we decided to move or remodel our home, we remodeled. We added on to our home increasing the size of the dining room and also added 2 pairs of French doors. In the dining room we have a large built in buffet with an integrated warming drawer. There is lots of storage and a great place to serve from. The floor is honed and shaped marble creating a 9 piece pattern; the chandelier over the Baker French walnut table is Italian. I actually purchased the dining room table first; that lead to the need for the first addition. We have had some of the most wonderful dinners with friends and family at this table.
    We added on the back of our home instead of adding a second story. We had seen too many homes with a second story addition that looked oversized for the lot and just out of proportion. With this new entry, master bedroom and large master bath and walk in closet totally 1000 square feet we did something we had always wanted. We planned and engineered for a structural concrete deck surface and built a rooftop entertaining deck off the dining room. The way this is done is the roof has a ¼” per foot drop for the drainage away from the rest of the home. The 1 ½” thick structural concrete pavers are elevated off the deck as the roof slope is dropping so the pavers stay level. There is not grout so the rain water flows to the torch down roofing below and leaves via an internal roof drain system. The addition was built to accommodate 100 # live and dead load due to the 22,000 pounds of deck surface. We added a commercial BBQ, seating and plants. Half the year we are out on this deck and love it.
    The master bathroom, bedroom and closet make us smile every day. The cabinetry is walnut, with a mix of limestone, glass mosaics and even a concrete wall tile in the backsplash. In this addition we added a hydronic heating and towel warming. In researching this we found that we were able to use our existing gas hot water tank.
    We are fortunate to have been able to build all of this ourselves and with the help of our sub-contractors. When I say ourselves I really do mean it. My husband shingled the entire addition, I stained it and we insulated and painted too. I did the design and project management and we had an architect we work with engineer the structure for us.
    Recently I’ve been fortunate to design several Rutt Handcrafted cabinetry kitchens for clients. Very custom designs and finishes with LED lighting routed into the side walls of the cabinets allowing for solid shelves instead of glass. One project was a white painted kitchen with solid walnut drawers and walnut accessories. Your jaw would drop the first time you opened a drawer!
    Tile design is another passion and I’ve again been fortunate to work for several clients that appreciate custom materials. I did a back splash for a client that was Moorish in style and composed of water jet cut Calcutta marble and two colors of glass. The pattern was more like wallpaper than tile and with the glass surrounding the pieces of marble; from the side you see the finished sides of the stone. It’s just beautiful and has incredible depth.

  2. I have always been a fan of design but didn’t connect it to my work life until a show renovated my workspace and terrace. As a media professional it is important to be able to work around the clock but also to stay inspired and comfortable. View photos here: http://www.pinterest.com/KissingLionsPR/enchanted-in-harlem/. Colors, textures, lighting and functionality really transformed the space…and, of course, style. If money were no object I would continue on to my master bedroom and transform it to have functional space and inspire me to create, read, breath and relax. I would love to be more organized so it is easier to have events in my home. External design is charming but important elements like water softeners and filtration systems make a home seem more like a sanctuary. I like beautiful spaces that are easy to clean so low maintenance works best for me. My space needs a music system. Music is a great motivator or can be great to decompress. I love the elements being more a part of my home so scaled fountains to bring in the element of water would be welcome.

    The most interesting project I have gotten to participate in is the renovation project. It was so fun to see the space transform.

  3. Being born and raised in Alberta Canada, from the time I was 21 years old, every home that I either built, or bought, I had a Hot Tub (Spa). The first home that I designed and built, I put the Spa in the basement, in a corner room that was insulated and designed so that you could close the room off from the rest of the house, open the windows to cool the room down, and have the convenience of having the Spa inside, yet have the cool air from the outdoors to keep you from getting too warm, too quickly. While this was a good idea, and an economical one from the perspective of heating the tub by incorporating the heat ex-changer into the home’s hot water heating system, this wasn’t the best scenario as hot tubs should be outdoors.
    After this experiment, the die was cast, and from then on the Hot Tub was always outdoors, and on the deck. The last home in Alberta that I designed was a part of the business that we started, and the living quarters consisted of an 1800 sq. ft.second story loft concept. I had a covered deck with a west exposure (with a view of the Rocky Mountains), and I put the Hot Tub in the corner of the deck. Access to the Spa was right off the Master Bedroom, as well as from the common entrance to rest of the house.
    Keep in mind that the weather in Alberta Canada can be nice, but more often it’s nasty, especially in the winter! II found that having a Hot Tub enabled me to extend my outdoor time beyond the 4 weeks that we can realistically call “summer”.
    Now to get to the point of the question at hand, my dream concept was to have a Hot Tub that was about 1/4 inside, and 3/4 outside (on the deck) of the Master Bedroom. The idea was to have sliding glass doors to separate inside from outside, with heavy clear plastic dipping below the water line to properly seal it off. You would need a bubble cover when not in use to keep the humidity level inside the bedroom in check, and to insulate the water from heat loss outside. You would also need a heavier winter cover for the outside portion as well.
    Now imagine that it’s -30F, on a cold winter day, and after a hard day at work, you are able to change into your swimsuit in the comfort of your bedroom, ease into the 104F water of the Spa, and then open the doors and go outside to enjoy the crisp cool air, and never once be cold!
    It’s just one of the schemes I dreamed up while trying to cope with our Canadian winters. Since then I figured out another way. Leave and go south in October and don’t come back until June!
    Now I’m working on the design of a dream home in Costa Rica. This will be a modest home with 2 Master Bedrooms with bathrooms, and a common living / kitchen/ dining area with a 1/2 bath, and lots of outdoor living area.
    A pool,….yes! A Hot Tub…..no neccissito!

  4. GVB Custom Homes specializes in building custom homes for individual homebuyers. From ultra-modern to colonial inspired, each homebuyer has different tastes and budgets and GVB Custom Homes has built many types of custom homes, within a wide range of budgets.

    If given the opportunity to build a home with no limits, we would love to build an ultra-energy efficient home. All of the homes we currently build are ENERGY STAR certified, meaning homes achieve energy savings through established, reliable building technologies, including various energy efficient products from insulation to high-performance windows and efficient heating and cooling equipment to help save on the cost of energy. However, there are many other alternatives available to increase the energy efficiency of a home. Because energy efficient products and technologies are often more expensive than traditional materials, many people only opt for a couple alternatives at a time.

    Building and designing an ultra-energy efficient home with state-of-the-art technology, energy efficient construction, appliances and lighting, and complete with commercially available renewable energy systems, including solar water heating and solar electricity, on an unlimited budget would be an excellent opportunity to test the possibilities of modern technology and realize the environmental and energy saving potential of all of the options combined.

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