Design Blog


Houzz and Pinterest – Helpful or Hurtful for Design?

Sites like Houzz and Pinterest have taken the internet by storm. It’s no wonder as they help create visual boards of inspiration. While Houzz is a bit more specialized towards the architecture and interior design industries, Pinterest provides a broader spectrum of topics including design, beauty, recipes, and much more. Both have revolutionized the way we look up professionals and information alike.

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The Daylight Plane – Reaching New Heights

When designing a custom residence, one of the variables that we diligently consider is the daylight plane. Consider it the vertical counterpart to setbacks, (see Setbacks post for more information), that determines the maximum height that a building can be. Depending on the municipality the residence is in, there are exceptions of ways to break through this plane, but they are few. Like the setbacks, the daylight plane is invisible but crucial. We take careful consideration of the requirements as they can cause design-altering consequences if ignored.

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Custom Fabricated Light Fixture

Installing Custom Light Fixture at the Butterfield Residence

Design can range from a big picture to the smallest detail. One is not more important than the other, rather, it is more appropriate to think of the two ends of the spectrum to be in symbiotic relationship. While designing a residence, for example, the process begins with a general concept of program and schematic planning but always keeping details in mind.

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Should You Hire an Architect?

The idea of hiring an architect comes with a negative connotation lately – people claim it’s unnecessary, time-consuming, and expensive. However, more and more, there are cases of buildings not being constructed safely because people choose not to invest in professionals.

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