Flat Roofs and Roof Decks: What You Need to Know

At our firm, we focus on creating high-end modern homes often pushing the boundaries of form and material. One of the signature forms found in many modern projects is the flat roof. In today’s blog, we look at how flat roofs work and what you should know when considering one for your next project. Flat […]

Why Spray Foam?

Many of us know that insulation is a major component for keeping your building cool during the summer and warm during the winter. There are many different types of insulation but why is spray foam the preferred?   Batt Insulation – is probably the most common and most familiar to most people. Batt insulation is […]

Using Floor Trusses in Modern Design

Most buildings built in the United States these days are built from wood. Wood is in fact a renewable resource, affordable, easy to work with, and provides enough strength for most projects. Wood products range from commodity lumber (2x4s, 2x6s, etc.), engineered lumber, (LVLs, Plywood, etc.), and pre-fab trusses. In today’s blog, we discuss floor […]

Best Approaches to Basement Waterproofing

The dreaded flooding basement is a real pain. Basements, as we all know, are notorious for being damp and having water issues. This is primarily because water moves in all directions underground, sometimes even straight up. Not to mention soil weights a lot more when wet placing lots of stress on basement walls leading to […]

Is Architecture Art?

Is architecture engineering or art? The short answer is that architectural designs are considered both an art and a science. The practice is actually a marriage between the two. Great architecture can actually be measured by how well the design decisions balance both pragmatism and creativity or user experience. The science and art of building […]

What is Modern Architecture?

What is modern architecture anyway? The term “Modern” is a broad one. The term is often used to describe something progressive, against the grain, and cutting edge, yet, ironically, the term quickly falls into describing something trendy and part of the status quo. How many times have we all heard the term “modern farmhouse?” The […]

Naturally Artificial: Concepts of Treeline Home

Last month in our “Naturally Artificial Post” we discussed how context can inform an architectural response and tie the place to the functions of the program. This enhances the sense of place and creates strong exterior connections. We gave specific examples from the “Hub House” at Coffee Ridge. Let’s discuss another example only this time […]

Structures and Wall Bracing in the Building Code

The International Residential Code (IRC) acts as a guide for many architects and contractors building one and two-family dwellings. One of the most challenging areas in the IRC deals with structural requirements. A deep dive into wall framing and bracing walls, as an example, reveals a lot of complexity that can be difficult to navigate. […]

Material Take-off During Design

As we discussed in our last post, construction costs can be difficult to identify during the pre-design process. With the many moving parts and constant state of change, cost evaluations must be performed in stages. If you missed it, cost evaluations must be performed in stages..

Knowing Your Project Costs During Design

Construction can be expensive. How do you navigate the world of construction costs during the pre-design phase? Almost every client is concerned about how construction and material costs impact their projects. Chaotic markets and changing labor demands, constantly contribute to ever-changing prices. Let’s discuss the techniques we use to get through it during the design.