Category Archives: Client Education

What you need to know about working with an architect or design professional, covering subjects like fees, process, benefits and things you should avoid.

It’s not easy being green – an exploration of the purported sustainability of ipé

Politics is ever-looming, wherever you turn in the design world. Kermit the Frog was right when he famously sang that “It’s not easy being green”. In fact, it’s damn tricky! Being a conscientious consumer (and materials specifier) is balancing on … Continue reading

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One quick amendment…

After sleeping on it, I would like to make one small amendment to yesterday’s blog posting on green roofs.  Sometimes, there actually exists a good reason not to employ the glorious expanses of chlorophyll I gushed so extensively about in … Continue reading

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Soften the Environmental Blow With a Green Roof!

Ever since I attended an architectural product luncheon back in 1993, where a Swiss rep was showing his wares – various sizes of the plastic, egg crate-looking modules holding the planting medium used to create planted roofs – and lauding … Continue reading

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Thinking about remodeling?

If you are doing it with the intention to sell, here is a great chart to consult, that will show you the ratio of cost vs. value in the case of a sale. If the planned renovation is for the … Continue reading

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HGTV is not Reality TV!

With the arrival of computers and programs like Illustrator and Photoshop, the world experienced a flood wave of newly hatched “graphic designers”. Sure, they might be prodigious navigators of the above mentioned programs, but were they really putting out good … Continue reading

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Why So Many Colors?

The paint company Sherwin Williams have a program where they donate paint to beautify public schools. In 2006, Beach Elementary were the excited and grateful recipients of one of these donations. I set the colors, and volunteers from Hands-On Portland … Continue reading

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What Color Should It Be?

A friend of mine who is a realtor often gets asked by her clients what the latest color trends are. Good question, but in regards to architecture and interiors, it is pretty hard to answer in a satisfactory way. On … Continue reading

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