It’s important as an Architect or any professional involved in design, to expand your aesthetic references. I’ve shared in this blog in the past my travels throughout California and how in all cases I’ve taken in those experiences and improved my own perspective and ‘art’ as an Architect.Continue reading >
We’ve all heard that a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Two of our recent projects proved the truth of that and showed how a lot of knowledge can go a long way toward saving the day. It can even lead to awards, as in the case of our Sullivan’s Island project on an unusually-shaped lot.Continue reading >
Renewable energy is viable compared to coal produced energy … and increasingly affordable (see article ‘In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy’s insanely cheap future). Yet, we’re facing an obstacle caused by Trump’s new tariffs on renewable energy (see article ‘Trump’s 30% tariff on imported solar panels may cost jobs’ imports.Continue reading >
Jonathan and Valerie’s home is the only one I’ve ever designed that went through the rigorous test of both hurricane and earthquake during construction. While their Cockeysville, MD home was being renovated, it was in the path of a hurricane and near to the epicenter of an Earthquake where movement was felt on site.Continue reading >
Here in Manasquan, we weather many a storm. My friends Steve and Dovie live down the road from me and their kids go to school with my kids. As we got to know each other through the years, they would often say, ‘Someday we want to renovate this house, we’re just not ready yet.’Continue reading >
When it comes to interior lighting, our basic philosophy is to maximize the amount of daylighting and then supplement with unobtrusive artificial lighting. This is true both for lighting new construction and historic home renovations.
Maximizing natural lighting starts with the initial planning process. Where you place walls, doors, and interior and exterior windows determines how much daylighting penetrates a space.Continue reading >
I wanted to write this blog post to pass along information for people about architectural design choices that could help to minimize fire risk.
I’m not saying that homes in the direct path of a wildfire would be spared with these kinds of measures, but there are instances when preventive measures can make a difference. Though fire is scary and unpredictable, there are considerations and steps you can take that, depending on the circumstances, can lower the chances of fire damage.Continue reading >
Color is an important piece of the interior design puzzle. I’m fascinated by color’s influence on the feel of a room. You’ve probably heard that red is invigorating, but most people don’t want a lot of red. Greens and blues soothe the nerves. Yellow is cheerful and inspires creativity, but, like red, can come across too strong. This is how color psychology for interior design comes into play.Continue reading >
The Architect Marketing Institute (AMI) has been selected to present a workshop at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018.Continue reading >