An Architect Can Be Your Advocate

Architect Advocate

I comment on other websites from time to time. One very good website that deals with homebuilding and remodeling is Not too long ago I commented on an article about building stairs. Another comment was posted there this weekend from a person who seems to be pretty frustrated with his builder. He wrote: I’m having…

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House Design Put into Words

Design in Words

Good house design is something we can feel, but often we have trouble putting into words. When I set out to write Designing Your Perfect House, I was presented with this challenge of putting feelings and impressions in written form. I wasn’t sure how well I could do it, so you can imagine how gratifying…

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4 Passive Solar Benefits of Metal Roofing

Metal Roof

When you get dressed in the morning, do you consider passive solar design principles? Probably not. At least not conciously. But I’ll bet you consider the weather as you choose what to wear? I do. If it’s going to be hot and sunny, I usually choose a light colored shirt that is made from a fabric…

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A Fire Door from the Garage to the House


Today’s question is, “Does the door from my garage to my house have to be fireproof or different from the other doors in my house?” The answer is definitely, “Yes.” Garages along with kitchens, are the places most likely to initiate a fire. Think about it. Your garage has gasoline in it along with paints, thinners,…

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Colors: Cool Greys Versus Warm Greys

Warm and Cool Grays

Just yesterday, I was meeting with a client and the subject of the color grey came up. We were looking at stone and what mortar color we should use with various colors of stone. You might automatically think of mortar as being grey. But there are many shades of mortar and many shades of grey.…

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