A Series on Design Styles: Arts & Crafts and its Influences

If you look back through the blog, you'll see a few references to Frank Lloyd Wright, and maybe even to Craftsman style. One of the first projects I had here in Arizona, coincidentally one of the first posts for the blog, was to develop plans for an addition to a home in a Historic District of Phoenix. Why mention such an early post? The Historic House is a little brick Arts & Crafts; it has built-ins, a key feature of the style that allowed for every day clutter to be tucked away when visitors came, while not over-filling the house with furniture. Though it was built outside the style's key time period, the home is an example of Arts & Crafts. It was also during that project when I mentioned Frank Lloyd Wright for the first time. (read more)
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What To Do With Walls

A typical ten foot by ten foot room can have (with eight foot ceilings) 320 square feet of wall. That is a little more than three times the footprint of the room! So what is a homeowner to do with all of that space? Walk through a model home in a new subdivision, and you'll see exciting things on the walls- from Wallpaper to Tile Mosaics to Murals. Walls are the largest square footage of a home. (read more)
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Our Design Services Questionnaires for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Listed in this post are the questionnaires we'll be using when discussing a potential remodel project with homeowners. I've not yet mastered this posting template, and will update this page once I've figured it out. (read more)
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Kitchens and Bathrooms, Part 2: Bathrooms

To continue the post from July 27th, Kitchens are becoming gathering areas, and therefore more than just the functional space they had been at the start of the 19th century. Bathrooms are just as important, and still maintain the functionality of space they have been since they were attached to homes. However, now they are becoming luxury spaces in homes/apartments/condos mostly because of disposable income and a need to update old fixtures. (read more)
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Kitchens and Bathrooms, Part 1: Kitchens

If you really sit back and think about what rooms in a home/condo/apartment are most used, it tends to be one or two, maybe three. Kitchens and Bathrooms are in those top three areas because you always need a glass of water, or a snack, or nature is calling you, when you are at home. If you eat out more often than in, your kitchen will see less use, until you start cleaning the leftovers out of the fridge. For most homeowners or families, they like to entertain, or they have kids that eat at least two meals at home. Those same kids get messy more often than they are clean, and that is why the Bathroom is often a major project. (read more)
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