Concrete Is Back

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I’ve spoken before about the myriad of new materials and surfaces making their way into our homes. But that doesn’t mean that old-school materials are out. In fact good old low-tech concrete is making a comeback. I’ve read that 10% or more of new homes incorporate concrete into the structure. And with a few tech… Read more »

Soundscaping

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It makes sense that architects incorporate audio, sound and noise control into their architectural designs. But the flip side is just as important a consideration. Have you ever eaten in a restaurant that sounds lively, and popular? It may be because it is just that; lively and popular. But a part of having that sound… Read more »

Miracles Can Happen!

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For this Home Office remodel, Patsy, one of my favorite interior design colleagues, also focused on the cabinetry, design and layout.  She knew these clients from other projects she had completed, and they were aware of her expertise in dealing with storage space planning.  One of Patsy’s challenges was to deal with the owners’ computer and paraphernalia wire management problems –… Read more »

Does Your Office Look Like This or That?

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Every now and then I like to collaborate on projects with other designers.  Patsy Zakian-Greenough is one of my favorite interior designers.  She specializes in interior space planning, materials, finishes and color selection — she is awesome. And she asked me to help her with a client that needed their home office redone. Patsy requested that I assist… Read more »

Camellia Terrace – Hi Neighbors!

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The transformation of this home creates a whole new look and feel from its previous life. To the far left is the portion of the new master bedroom with a gable roof. The section to the right has three windows. On the left is a toilet room and the two other windows are where the… Read more »

Craftsman Style Addition: Camellia Terrace

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The owners wanted to remodel their home from the existing ranch to a craftsman style.  This style of home often encompasses natural materials, such as stone, shingle siding, and open porches with overhanging beams and rafters. Our addition was made forward, meaning brought towards the front of the house  – closer to the street.  It still… Read more »

Camellia Terrace Addition Challenges

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My clients knew they would have to remodel the Camellia Terrace 1950/60’s Ranch-style house when they bought it.  The location is what they liked.  It was ideal, with a good neighborhood, good schools and an excellent surrounding community. There were challenges, though.  The 3 bedroom, 2 bath home was really too small for the family’s… Read more »

A Poet?

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“Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.” Frank Lloyd Wright A poet? Well yes, I understand. The design of building and structures at best do reflect our time, day and age. Trends of our time, such as green… Read more »

Gingerbread House Design

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I love this time of year. You can exercise your architectural design skills designing cookies. And, the best cookie to design is the gingerbread house. I’ve seen some pretty elaborate ones over the years. How about you? And if you’re not in the mood to design you can deconstruct over a glass of milk. Happy… Read more »

Camellia Terrace Addition Challenges

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My clients knew they would have to remodel the Camellia Terrace 1950/60’s Ranch-style house when they bought it.  It was the location that they liked.  It was ideal, with a good neighborhood, good schools and an excellent surrounding community. There were challenges, though.  The 3 bedroom, 2 bath home was really too small for the… Read more »