A Series on Design Styles: India

A look at another Eastern Country- The Indian Subcontinent (read more)
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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 : Early North America- Pueblo

I'm starting this series off with a regional style that predates Christopher Columbus : Pueblo (also called Southwest or Adobe.) I delighted in researching this style in college, so I am pulling my notes of storage and re-reading all the books to write this entry. This style started out as communal dwellings for the Native American tribes (Navajo, Apache, Hopi) through the southwest region of today's United States: Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, parts of Colorado, and parts of Texas. Built from the 9th through 14th centuries, some structures still stand today, such as Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. (read more)
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Flooring

Walk through a model home, and throughout most of the building there will be a hard surface floor. This hard surface floor is most likely to be tile, however it can look like wood plank. Ever ask yourself why? I can answer that it is trending recently, and for good reasons. Tile is going through a manufacturing change. If it is a ceramic or porcelain material, they can now create tiles with better edges. These new edges can allow for smaller and/or fewer grout lines. Tile has a few other benefits over wood (hardwood, engineered, etc.) flooring as well. It maintains better and is often less likely to become damaged by pets' claws. Plus, tile will stay cooler than wood flooring- and is less likely to buckle due to moisture (Why worry about moisture in the desert? Monsoon season- the humidity, damage to you (read more)
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