Ugly is in the Details

Enemies are the factions that want the opposite of your best intentions. Your right is their wrong. Their action is your reaction. This polarity is especially true regarding your friends-in-survival, air and water who ironically can be a building’s worst enemies. I call this gang The infiltrators, most notably the air assassins & wiley water who lurk in the environment ready to attack your building nooks and crannies. When infiltrators attack they leave mayhem and destruction in their wake. Air and water damage is ugly. What can you do to prevent damage? Ugly is in the details! read more →

Site Context — Man and Natural Influence

Getting to know a person can be easy. You sit down, share a cup of your favorite brew and ask questions. Almost effortlessly, you discover similarities. It might be something physical you notice immediately like height, eye color or hair color (whether bottled or bald). But as you converse, you learn about unique hobbies, interests or values that define the person. The inquisitive dialog is how you become acquainted with each other. That’s how I spend the first part of home design — getting to know the family. But in getting to know the site, I engage in a very different type of dialog. read more →

07 Apr 2011
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Design Guts — Inside Your Architect

If you’ve spent any time reading this website or chatting with me, you know I design projects based on your lifestyle, preferences and land. The notion of people and place permeates my design exercises and every design decision I make. Heck, it’s even my tagline — personalized homes — blending lifestyle, environment and community! And when you think you’ve heard enough, I remind you again I design for you and your environment. Ok, enough already, but you might be interested in knowing what design challenges and features I like. read more →

09 Jun 2010
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What’s This GREEN Stuff?

I’m an architect and I’m green! Well, I think I’m green or at the very least I like what some people in the construction industry call “green behavior”. By “green behavior” I don’t mean new or inexperienced. I mean earth-friendly, but I didn’t always think this way. It was my perception of the biggest problem in the industrial world that inspired my environmental awareness. Like many people who have nothing better to do, I think about nothing and a wandering mind dangerously analyzes problems — at least mine does. Anyway, my perception of the industrial world’s biggest problem is a theory called — the generation gap. Some behavioral historian (this is casual writing no credible references available) defines the generation gap as “the time it takes from the moment we realize we have a problem to do something about it”. And I think it’s this perception that the world has an environmental dilemma that drives this green stuff. read more →

20 May 2010
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Eco-Chic v Eco-Geek — A Fine Line

I thought I was living green. I convinced myself a hybrid vehicle, curb-side recycling, motion-lights and energy-star appliances grant me eco-chic status. I’m not alone. Many sustainable-thinkers tout their “living green” contributions. I brag about our super-insulated home, tankless hot water heater, aerobic septic, water conservation, recycled paving and drought tolerant plants. Congratulations to you and me for recycling and conserving resources, but I realized living green means practicing good green habits and being vigilant about changing other habits to live greener. To be green, I have to continually think green and live green. My goal is to transcend eco-chic and become an eco-geek. read more →

15 Sep 2009
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — The Responsible Remodel

In the movie First Knight, King Arthur (Sean Connery) said, “There’s another kind of peace on the other side of war”. That is my perception of home remodeling projects. You have to endure some pain to reap the reward. Remodeling is rarely fun because it is disruptive, challenging and costly but “after the war” you have a rejuvenated space and in my experience, the best way to rejuvenate a space is to follow the “Four R’s” reduce, reuse, recycle and responsibility. read more →

31 Jul 2009
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What does “green” mean to an architect?

What does “green” mean to an architect? You’ve heard the real estate mantra, location, location location…well, “green” means thoughtful and responsive design and it’s all about location. No matter what synonym you use — “sustainable design”, “green building”, “passive design” “LEED”, “environmentally friendly” It’s about relative location – where you put the house on the.. read more →

13 Jun 2009
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How Green is my Granite?

Do you like a challenge? Do you tackle the daily crossword or sudoku puzzle and celebrate a triumphant victory? I love challenges but few puzzles parallel the thrill or complexity of a residential design/construction project. Like the client who calls and says, “Hello, I am interviewing architects and I need an architect who can make my 3,000 square foot house respond to my every lifestyle whim, on my steep and heavily forested lot, with top of the line appliances and finishes and full perimeter porches and all within my budget of $80/SF. Oh, and while you are at it, make my house ultra-green.” I waited a moment and asked, “Is that all?” It is challenging to create a personalized home that blends with the environment, but the green buzz adds a new dimension to design and construction that is difficult to quantify and integrate. read more →

30 Apr 2009
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