Utilize Your Consultant to Land a Top Tenant

Heather Diemer - Thursday, May 18, 2017
I'm always looking for better ways to do things. So when talking to a friend, real estate developer, Nick DeSanctis, I asked about his most recent shopping center redevelopment. Specifically, I asked what he would do differently. The first thing he said, “If I had the opportunity to do it all over again, I would consult a civil engineer much sooner." As a developer of retail projects, I understand that means putting more money at risk during due diligence. As an engineer, I’m also aware that there’s valuable information we can gain during this phase to set a clear path to quickly move a project through the land development process. In this industry, we certainly know that time is money! The faster you deliver a site, the sooner you lock in your top tenant an [Read more] 

DIY Self-Watering Planter from a Wine Bottle

Heather Diemer - Thursday, May 11, 2017
As a Swiss American and a landscape architect, there’s no surprise I have window boxes at my home. Challenge is, the front of my house faces west and my plants get hammered with both sun and radiant heat from the exterior stucco. Even after selecting the most sun tolerant annuals, I can’t keep up with the watering...morning and afternoon…it ain’t enough…come July everything’s is just fried. Bummer! Last year I found some great terracotta watering spikes at Rhoads Garden in Montgomeryville, a set of 4 spikes for about $20 bucks, home run, right?! Well almost. While each spike is about 7” long and equipped with a nice treaded top for a soda bottle, I found that not all ‘treads’ are universal and my water bottles freque [Read more]