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 »

Check This Out!

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I’m attending the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), META awards gala event next month, December 13th, hosted by the Silicon Valley Chapter. Studio Linder Architects has entered a kitchen remodel project to be considered for an award, so keep your fingers crossed. The Meta Awards got their name from the word “metamorphosis”, signifying the… Read more »

Solar Roofs Are Hot

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New solar roofs manufactured by Tesla™ are getting quite the buzz. An idea that was just waiting for the right innovators and engineers to build, that is – solar cells incorporated into roofing material. Forget the eyesores that are in easy view. These roofs look as good or better than contemporary material roofing. I especially… Read more »

Digging Up Dirt

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It is a challenge to do “rooms down” when there isn’t enough headroom below the main floor. Ideally you want to get high enough ceilings in the basement to create space that is comfortable to live in.  8-foot ceilings are not enough to do this.  9-foot ceilings are much better. So we needed to stay… Read more »

So Much for Enforcing the Rules!

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So much for enforcing the rules! In this case, changes to the historic fabric must stay true to the finishes such as profile, trim and the grid pattern of windows and doors, plus siding, brick veneer and railings.  Even if they weren’t the original finishes at the time the house was built. But along the way,… Read more »

Love A Parade

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  Thanksgiving morning to many of us means the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City. It was first held in 1924 and was actually a Christmas Parade to open the Christmas season. Other than a 3-year period during WWII the parade has been a continuous part of a New York Thanksgiving So my spin… Read more »

Eco-Friendly and Beautiful in Your Home

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For building and design, if you think Indonesia, you thing teak. But nowadays a new ceiling, floor and wall tile is being imported from Indonesia into the U.S. that is not made from teak, but from coconuts. Their color patterns, texture and 3-dimensional look make them a beautiful treatment for your remodel. The coconut tiles… Read more »

Fun With Grownup Toys

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I’m sure we’re all familiar with Legos as children, and with our own children and grandchildren. Legos, a Danish company, has made their iconic plastic building blocks since 1949. Have you ever been to Legoland?Legoland California is their theme park and aquarium located in Carlsbad, California. There you can see a miniature downtown Manhattan, San… Read more »