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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A Series on Design Styles, Overview

You're hosting a get-together for your neighbors/family/friends, and while you're making sure everyone has a drink, or tried the appetizer, someone says: "I love this (style/theme) for your home. What is it?" Freeze. Total 'deer in the headlights' look/moment. What do you say? "I found everything in garage/yard sales/antique stores/salvage yards." Or, "I saw it in this magazine (or on this website), and felt like it fit with everything else." (read more)
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A Hard Lesson Learned

This last month saw me working with a homeowner in the Coronado Historic District in the City of Phoenix, Arizona. It very nearly was a full month of work on the project. Sadly, it was not approved due to an exterior addition that was not approved and permitted before my project. The homeowner had hired a gentleman (I am uncertain as to his qualifications) to build a car port on the north side of the home. It is structurally sound, quality work. However, they had not gone through the approval and permits process. Now, the owner, of the home can decide between applying for a variance and permits-after-the-fact (which is about three months and seven times the money of a demolition permit), or they can demolish the car port and start from scratch. (read more)
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Historic Homes: Additions and Remodels

This last week saw me beginning a design for a home in the Coronado Historic District, and I know there are specific requirements when it comes to making any large changes or improvements to such a structure. So this weekend's post is about where I found the resources and guidelines provided by City of Phoenix. (read more)
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