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Hidden Benefits of Including Energy Conservation in Home Renovation Design

My first architecture adventures were in designing and building Solar Greenhouses and Passive Solar Homes. Three decades later, my enthusiasm for eco-friendly design continues. Now, I’m also designing renovations for “aging in place”. At this time in my clients’ lives, they’re thinking ahead to a living on a fixed income. There is a wide spectrum of energy saving moves which can add up to substantial savings. They’re interested in how to save money on energy and live comfortably. Both can be achieved!

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Doing Your Best: A Vision for Design is a Vision for Life

A friend, who is not an architect, wanted to see my house in the belief it would be the coolest house ever. I said, we’ve done what we can, but the priority over the past 20 years was making sure our children graduated from college. A lot of things were important, but if we had to choose one, and sometimes we did, funding their education was it. We told our children, “all you have to do is your best, whatever that is for you.” This reminds me that a vision for design is a vision for life.

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3 Ways to Create a Spa Experience in the Master Suite of Your WELL Designed™ Home

A WELL Designed™ home will support you in so many ways. Rather than taking care of your home, the home will take care of you. Imagine a space where you can really relax, after a long day of running a business, working for charity, and taking care of your kids. Your bedroom, bathroom, and meditation space can feel like a sanctuary, a retreat.

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For My Contractor Friends: 4 Ways Architects And Contractors Work Together In Home Building

The power of general contractors is their hands-on skills, insight on costs, clients, and market conditions. That’s why I always tell my clients from the Chicago suburbs to engage and partner with a builder as soon as possible. As an architect, I partner with many contractors and I understand the challenges they face — the fear of ‘what could go wrong?’

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