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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...

Validation

There’s a great article at MSN about the need for an architect when remodeling. We can’t support this idea more.  We highly recommend reading the article, but we’ll summarize their 5 points here: 5 Reasons to Hire an Architect (opens a new window) To...

Before You Start Designing…

Before You Start Designing there are some exercises you can go through to help you get a better handle on your new home or remodel. Grab a tape measure and a pad of paper. Enlist the help of everyone who lives there (or visits regularly), including small children...

Why an Architect?

Subtitled: Plan Book vs. Draftsman vs. Contractor vs. Architect There are very few of us who undertake any building project without some planning. We try and figure out what we need, how it’s going to be put together and how much it’s going to cost us. For some...

Will Green Be Enough?

Those of us who desire residential architecture that better reflects our modern times have wondered what it will take to get there.  A look through plan books, Better Homes and Gardens, and a number of places show that we’re not leaning modern, yet. The...

Another Reason Why…

You should hire an architect. I recently attended an energy design conference to collect some continuing education requirements that are required for licensure.  A lot of what was presented wasn’t new to me…it’s stuff I’ve been doing for the...