04 Apr

Custom Cabinets – Things you should know


When it comes to building a home, knowing where to start on choosing important details like cabinets can be a challenge because there are so many options in styles, quality and price range. The best place to start is by asking your designer or builder for recommendations and reading informative articles like this one on Houzz.com by Laura Gaskill.


When looking for cabinets you’ll love, I always recommend keeping in mind the way you will live and work in the space, as it is extremely important that your cabinets work for your lifestyle. Another thing to consider is the style of your cabinets, many period style home owners prefer to choose cabinets that are traditional to the style of the home however others prefer a more modern style. Just remember that if you are going to use an ultra modern cabinet style in a period home then you will probably want to carry some of the modern style features through out your home as to not have the modern cabinets feel out-of-place.

It is very helpful and I highly recommend having a design or idea book with pictures of cabinets you would like in your home as this will help keep you and your cabinet designer focused on the function and style you will love.


20 Dec

Is the rumor about Bud Lawrence true?


Lately I have been setting up social media and this blog for our new website in an effort to build an online presence and in doing so I have re-connected with friends and colleges that I haven’t spoken with in a while and inevitably, in our conversations, I get asked the question “Is the rumor true? Is Bud Lawrence living in Mexico?”

Well, it’s not very often that rumors are completely true but, believe it or not, this one is. He is semi-retired (well, as semi retired as Bud can be) and living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; one of the world’s most beautiful historic cities.




Bud and Mary Beth are truly enjoying  themselves keeping busy by doing many things including traveling; seeing the beauty that Mexico has to offer.


In addition to working on design projects and traveling, both Bud and Mary Beth are doing volunteer work for several charitable organizations. One of the organizations they volunteer for collects gently used clothing and sells the clothes for an extremely discounted price.  Bud volunteers once a week and drives people to appointments they would other wise not be able to get to.  Last summer he volunteered to help build small houses for families that were living in challenging conditions.

During the summer they come back to the U.S. to visit with family and periodically Bud comes in to work on some residential projects and land planning and TND charrettes.

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Overall, they are enjoying the time they are spending in Mexico and plan on being there for a while.  Bud will continue to design residential projects of his choice and really looks forward to participating in more land planning and TND charrettes.

If you would like to connect with Bud you can comment below or e-mail him at inquiries@pshplans.com.  To keep up with what he is doing he will be posting here on our blog (see his latest post here – Join the discussion with Bud Lawrence) or follow us on one or all the social media sites below where we will be having some fun contests like – “Where in the world is Bud Lawrence?” and “What house style is this?”

Who is Bud Lawrence? Find out here.

We would love to hear from you.  How has your life and business changed in recent years?  Where are you now?  How are you doing? What are your hopes for the future?  Comment below and give us your update!