Just Add Water

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Concrete has been around for thousands of years. The Romans were the first to use it on a grand scale. The Colosseum in Rome was built primarily with concrete, Yet we are still finding new applications for concrete in architectural design. Sometimes people use the words concrete and cement interchangeably. But concrete and cement are… Read more »

How Smart Do You Want Your Home to Be?

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Smart home technology, also called home automation technology, is exploding. Consumers are now able to automate and remotely control lighting, HVAC, security for their homes, as well as drop the shades, start the dishwasher and get dinner started. Sounds like the Jetsons. Nest may have started it all. Its learnable thermostat was one of the… Read more »

My House Is In A Tranquil Green Mood Today

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Someday soon you’ll be able to apply wallpaper that changes color. More than a novelty it will allow homeowners to change the actual mood of their home. It is well known that color affects mood. For awhile now we have been able to control the color of LED lights. And without getting super technical, (which… Read more »

So What Exactly is Transitional or Shabby-Chic?

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As an architect I am familiar with design styles, periods and pieces as they apply to architecture. In helping my clients come up with architectural plans for their home we discuss these various styles and related elements. But when you are talking more about design, furniture and fixtures, and if you poke around houzz.com, you… Read more »

Fibonacci Series in Architectural Design

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Often it takes a second look to see how mathematical numbers and patterns fit into the natural world. Numbers, after all, are manmade. However some very interesting number patterns underlie some natural systems in a surprising way. One such number pattern is called the Fibonacci Series, where each subsequent number is the sum of the… Read more »

Is a Casita in Your Future?

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Is a Casita in your future? Casita is Spanish for small house. It most commonly refers to a self-sufficient area of a home, an add-on or a separate unit on the property. It is sometimes called a mother-in-law quarters. I don’t prefer that term for several reasons, one of which is that it’s not very… Read more »

A House Has to Breathe

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I was doing a walkthrough with a contractor recently and he was pointing out the duct work. So much has changed for new homes, renovations and remodels, relating not only to the HVAC system, but also to air filtration and air pressure balance. Ventilation has always been important. But because today’s homes are much more… Read more »

To Draw or to CAD, That Is the Question

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  Most people would admit nowadays, that architects and computers go together like brick and mortar. Believe it or not, it was only 30 years since computer aided design software, (CAD), revolutionized the way architects design their projects. An online article from last year caught my eye. The Computer vs. The Hand In Architectural Drawing: ArchDaily… Read more »

Hungry? I’ll Just Go Print Something Up

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If you have a few thousand dollars lying around and you can use a little help in the kitchen, you might consider buying Bocusini; a 3-D food printer that, well, prints food. I read about Bocusini in a recent post online at Architectural Digest. I think people are becoming more aware of Additive Manufacturing, what… Read more »

Ideas, Guidance & Inspiration For Your Remodel

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Remodeling or renovating your home? Wondering where to start? A couple of good places to look for ideas, guidance and inspiration are my Houzz account and my Pinterest account. Houzz  is ‘the site’ for architecture, interior design and home improvement. Pinterest  is all about picture sharing and is widely used by homeowners, designers and architects… Read more »