Do I need a permit for that?
Do I need a permit for that? An often-asked question by building owners and contractors alike. The reason permits may be required for your project is, first and foremost, to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public. Projects that require permits will be reviewed by properly qualified personnel, to review plans and… read more
Can Design Innovation Improve the Health and Well-Being of Its Occupants?
BLOG: Can design innovation improve the health and well-being of its occupants? The answer is yes, holistic design can. Just as its name implies, holistic design treats the whole person: body, soul and spirit, through the built environment. Do health and happiness enhance productivity? Yes, and wellness in design can accomplish that. It’s no secret… read more
Reducing the Impact of Architecture on the Environment
BLOG: Every day, each one of us makes decisions that affect the environment. Architectural design is even more impactful. Not only is the environment altered when a structure is built but the embodied energy in the materials and the energy the building systems use to run it also has long term effects. We can make our… read more
Why Hire an Architect?
BLOG: Custom buildings, renovations, and additions, whether residential or commercial, can be complicated and confusing unless you have a tour guide to take you through the process of design options, building codes and zoning laws, cost estimating, finding the right contractor and finally, construction. No two building projects are exactly alike, so there is no… read more
What to Expect When you Hire an Architect
BLOG: Perhaps you’re looking to build a new building on a lot of land you recently purchased. Maybe you are looking to put an addition on your home, or even renovate it to bring it into the 21st century. You may be thinking to yourself “do I hire an architect or find a contractor first?”… read more
Defining Styles of Architecture
BLOG: There is a type of language that architects use on a day to day basis. When communicating with one another, using terminology like modern, traditional, or contemporary is not entirely uncommon. However, as a client when you are looking to design your next school, place of business, or home, it is important to understand… read more
BLOG: Accessibility Minded By Lisa Roldan, Architect In 1990, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The intention of the Act is to “provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.” When it comes to incorporating that into architecture, the use of your building is what… read more
BLOG: Transitional Spaces by Marisa Mines. The way a space physically feels, the light that spills into a building, and the connection on a human scale, are all characteristics that help make the experience of architecture. Often times, the way a space makes you feel emotionally and mentally, can easily be over looked when you… read more