About the Author

Richard Taylor is a residential architect based in Dublin, Ohio and is a contributor to Zillow Blog. Connect with him at Richard Taylor Residential Architects.

Stories by Richard Taylor

A house and site working together with great results.

4 Keys for Choosing Where to Site Your House

Great home design always starts with the site – a truly special home is never designed first, then placed on […]

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Pros and Cons of Building on Developed or Undeveloped Land

In the simplest sense, developed land has been fully prepared for home building while undeveloped land has not.  Each has […]

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How To Save Space & Money With Smart Bath Planning

To a plumber, the difference between one bathroom and another is a matter of slope. Some baths are bigger, some […]

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How to Choose Exterior Paint Colors for Your House

Do you have trouble picking the right colors when it’s time to repaint the outside of your home? Does the […]

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Noisy Neighbors? Solutions for Creating Sound Barriers

It’s a common complaint among city-dwellers that the walls and floors separating one apartment from another allow sounds from one […]

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The Secret to Creating a House That's Easy to Sell

A unique and interesting home, designed to closely fit the needs of your particular family, will very likely appeal to other families someday, too.

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How To Burn Down Your House (And Why)

When it makes sense to burn a house down, the benefits spread throughout your community in ways you might not imagine and may never know about.

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9 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Home

You invest in your home to improve livability first, not value. If you get more value in the process, consider it a bonus, but don’t make ROI your prime directive.

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Watch Out for Hidden Problems in Older Homes

Problems in older homes are often well hidden. More often than not, serious damage doesn’t show any symptoms until the damage is significant and expensive.

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7 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Home Building

All this time you’ve assumed that you can’t afford the home you really want: The cozy, comfortable house with all […]

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See Top 5 Requests for Home Design

Years ago, I attended a trade show for kitchen and bath products in Dallas. You know the kind: Huge convention hall, […]

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How To Get an Architectural Review Board to Approve Your Home Design or Remodeling Project

If you’re planning on building a custom home in a new development or remodeling a home in an older neighborhood, […]


Basements Aren't Much More Costly to Build Than Crawl Spaces

In some parts of the US, the question of what’s going on under the main floor is irrelevant. There are […]

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6 Tips to Get Right Price for Your New Home or Remodeling Project

Yesterday a gentleman stopped by the house to ask if he could give me a quote on trimming the trees […]

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Remodel, Renovate or Restore? Start With Clear Definition of Terms

(Photo of restoration in Appomattox, VA, courtesy Richard Taylor) Clear communication between owner, contractor, and architect is critical to a […]

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