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It Really Does Make a Difference

There are many who don’t think it does…and many who don’t even notice it. But good residential design does make a difference. Eight years ago we moved in to our new house. I had designed it and contracted it (the construction of it is a different...
“What Do You Think of My House?”

“What Do You Think of My House?”

Have you ever asked your architect friend what they thought of your house? Don’t. Or at least don’t if you don’t want them to have to lie to you. Most architects I know have what one might call a discerning palette. They are pickier than my 5 year...

Why I Don’t “Do” LEED

Ever since LEED became mainstream I have really struggled to find my place within its world. Something about it just never really felt right. Most telling to me, I think, is that the exam to become LEED AP tests you more about your knowledge of the certification...

“Save a Tree” is Stupid

There. I’ve said it. I’ll say it again. Save a tree is stupid. Over the last 15-20 years we’ve heard that phrase a lot. We’ve heard the term “dead tree edition” for a printed version of a document or book. We’ve been bombarded...

Giving Green a Bad Name

Would you live in a house that cost $1,125/sq. ft.? Probably not. Even if you didn’t need to pay for your electricity, heating or cooling. It just plain costs too much. What if that cost didn’t include the “slave labor” used to build it (it was...