Tag Archives: Design

Wreath Therapy

A long time ago, when a dear family friend died, I poured my soul into my first wreath. Our friend, who had been a farmer and a forester, had spent much of his life in the deep forests of northern … 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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Cut your heating bill in half!

Came across this wonderful solution to short growing seasons in the North! The architect Bengt Warne was w-a-y ahead of his time when he designed and built this house in 1976. Check it out here: http://inhabitat.com/naturhus-an-entire-house-wrapped-in-its-own-private-greenhouse/

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How cool is this? Super-strong, über-green German building material!

November 18, 2010 Sometimes, just considering the awe-inspiring properties of some of the new materials available on the market, offers an exhilarating exercise in beautiful possibilities! For the collective benefit of us all, brilliant engineers at the German company Consido … Continue reading

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Love those trees!

November 2, 2010 As most people hopefully know – other than the obvious need to curb our own greed and short term gains-philosophy,  the plant world is our greatest ally in combating our rapidly progressing climate change. Our planet’s forested … Continue reading

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