NOTES

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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Exterior Shutters: How to pick them and why you need them.

Oct 20, 2014

Exterior shutters are an important piece of many architectural projects, depending on the style of architecture and the location of your project (many areas may require shutters as part of their adopted design guidelines). So let’s discuss shutter styles and their importance within your desired design aesthetic. History: Exterior shutters were originally constructed for privacy, protection from the elements, and for light control. They were operable and made from decay resistant materials such as Aluminum or Iron or from woods…

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Windows: How to choose the right window style for your project.

Oct 10, 2014

Windows are one of the most important pieces of any construction project. Whether you’re installing replacement windows for an existing project or choosing the right windows for a new facility, they are an extremely important item. The focus of this post will be window styles. We’ll save window construction types, energy efficiency, etc.  for a later post but I wanted to write about how to go about choosing which style of window is appropriate for your project. In my neck…

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Our New Website

Sep 22, 2014

Welcome to our new website! We want to present a site that not only shows our work but also informs you about what an Architect does and how we can help you. The “Notes” section of the site will give us a chance to share what’s going on with our firm and will give us a place to share ideas that can help you with your next design project. We want to give a special thank you to Thrive Creative Group, particularly…

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