When you are an Architect-Builder, you tend to look for the connection between architecture and art. Not just for its beauty or how it makes you think or feel about the subject, but you also analyze how the art was made. This is especially true with sculptors and artists who construct large scale art installations.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 >
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 >
Lighting new construction and historic home renovations. 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 with smart design.
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 >
Virtual Reality is now a reality and it is transforming home design. Here’s why experiencing virtual reality for your dream home is so valuable.Continue reading >