Category Archives: On Building

The Living Building Challenge is kicking my butt!!!

Imagine that you are cooking dinner, but you are restricted to only using ingredients sourced from within a geographical radius of 500 kilometers. That’s a tad over 310 US miles. This would mean that if you use salt, you would … 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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Your very own personal pod…

Came across this on one of my favorite blogs Inhabitat.com and just had to pass it on! It’s so darn cute! It’s Archipod’s spherical garden office pod. Who wouldn’t want one of these to call your own! Very cool!

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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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Designer Fees and How To Control Your Costs

The fee structures of the architectural design world can be a bit confusing to clients, but there really is a method to the madness. Design and remodeling is an affair consisting of many layers, so there is a level of … Continue reading

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Do I Really Need to Hire a Designer?

Well,  that depends on your expectations…. I could list a long rant about years of training, practice and construction experience, but I’m not going to. Instead, I will tell you about some interesting DIY  and “undesigned” solutions I have seen … Continue reading

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