At the forefront of today’s reporting on homes and how we live in them, Katherine Salant won the 2013 Gold Award (first place) for Best Column All Media from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE). She also won the 2013 Silver Award (second place) for Best Freelance Collection. Read More
She has written her “Housewatch” column for The Washington Post since 1994. It’s been syndicated for media outlets across the U.S. and honored a total of seven times by NAREE. She also blogs for the Post.
A lifelong explorer of houses, she encourages consumers to think in fresh new ways about home planning, design, building and remodeling, with emphasis on topics of sustainability and the effects of home design on relationships.
With experience on both sides of the table — as an architectural designer helping homeowners realize their dreams and as a client with her own dreams — she understands that building is not only a financial commitment but an emotional one, and that the process can be overwhelming.
Always hands-on in her reporting, she insists on seeing actual samples of products such as flooring or countertops, rather than settling for photos. When required, she runs her own informal tests, setting up a “lab” at home.
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- Harvard-trained in architecture, she began her career as a Fulbright scholar, studying and living in village houses in Nepal.
- She has been a National Endowment for the Arts Professional Fellow and winner of the prestigious University of Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Award.
- She is the author of The Brand-New House Book and Four Villages: Architecture in Nepal.
- Katherine grew up in Northern Virginia and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the house where she and her husband, Steve, raised three daughters.