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Remembering the old with the new.

Apr 7, 2015

We recently designed a new Tabernacle for Garner Creek Retreat Center in Dickson, Tennessee. The owner wanted the new facility to be built where an existing pavilion was still standing so that meant that demolition of the old structure would be imminent. The owner requested that we reuse the old barn wood some way-some how in the new building to pay homage to the pavilion. This pavilion had been home to many gatherings for the Retreat Center and the Church…

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Honduras: One experience of many.

Mar 20, 2015

  My wife Shea and I traveled with some friends of ours (Randy and Walter Arevalo, Laura Vien, Bailey Peterson, and Elizabeth Glenn) to Puerto Cortes, Honduras to help an organization called Worldwide Heart to Heart Children’s Village. We also met up with some other folks that completed our group that were from Texas and Minnesota and have also become great friends after this experience that we shared together.We were led by Sylvia and Gary Thacker, who have dedicated their…

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The lay of the land

Dec 1, 2014

One of the first items we discuss with new clients is their site. When designing a new facility, the land where it sits is probably the single most important factor to consider. Why you ask? Let me try to explain below: 1. We try to design buildings in a way that is respectful and harmonious with Mother Nature. Also, we want to do everything we can to build something that is durable/sustainable. 2. The way the new building is situated…

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Austin Square Shopping Center Renovation Update

Nov 18, 2014

Austin Square Shopping Center Renovation Update We recently designed a renovation for a local shopping center that was really showing its age. It had been built in several phases during the early to mid nineties. The following photos show what the Shopping Center looked like.       After discussing different scenarios with the Owner, we decided to completely demolish the existing facade and design a new facade that was very clean/modern and lent itself well to accommodating various retail…

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Stone Veneer: Keeping it real.

Nov 3, 2014

Stone Veneer, stick-on stone, fake stone, whatever you call it has been very popular for the last 15 years or so. We have used it on residential and commercial projects for some time now and when installed properly and carefully planned for, it can make a strong statement. We’ll focus on exterior stone for this post and talk about interior wall and interior fireplace options at a later date. Also, when designing a project that calls for stone veneer, we…

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