Posts in Category: Design

Looking back

Some time ago, I lived in Bozeman, Montana. I was living in small house on the cute north east side of town. I loved Montana and still do. I loved my little 500 SF house. I understood the small house trend and concept since I was literally living in one. But my Montana house was not anything new. It was built in the early 1900s. Small was normal back then. People just didn’t have as much stuff as we do now.

When I was living in Bozeman, I designed this small house floor plan for fun. I found the image as I was looking back through some old files. It is interesting to see what wisdom has bestowed upon us in these years in between.

C:Project files 3D modelsProjects- completedSmall house conceThe climate I am living in now in California is completely different than Montana. Its interesting to see how different and yet how much the same the architecture can be in very different climates.

The house I am now living, in California, was built in the 40s so it is newer, but still lacking in a few areas. One of which is storage, and the other is outdoor connection. California entry closets are a rarity. Southern California’s climate is very mild. It is place where you can practically live outdoors much of the year, so houses are being remodeled now to open up to the out door living spaces. This year I plan to focus on redoing and rethinking our backyard living.

New Office Space

This project entailed creating a new office space that was detached from the house. It began with the design of something called a Tuff Shed. The tough shed provided the frame work: walls, exterior cladding, roofing, windows and doors (all selected by us and dimensioned to our specifications). The tough shed product was the most economical, and timely way to get the project complete. This project used some customization including colors, ceiling height, door and window upgrades. It came with an unfinished interior, meaning bare studs on the interior. So a separate contractor was hired to finish the interiors, insulation, sheetrock, flooring, and wiring. Along with this project was the demolition and construction of the exterior patio space. It included the construction of pergola, demolition of concrete and brick pavers and installation of new concrete. The interiors of this office space is complete but the exterior landscaping is still in progress.

Design Philosophy and Concept

Creativity and passion drive us. Client's are worked closely with to define a style for their project. This style is then celebrated with complimentary colors, textures, patterns that create delightful, thoughtful and inspiring designs. A common theme within the designs is that they strive to articulate and encapsulate within the project the elements of nature. The embodiment of nature into the designs is done for environmental sensitivity, and health awareness. These designs desire to spark the senses, imagination and the emotions.
Each time a client comes to me, they bring a new challenging requirement. We had a client who wanted a house that would only use as much electricity as a 100 watt bulb. Each client brings an unique challenge that we are excited to meet their objectives and exceed their expectations and along the way have some fun. The trick to good design is taking the client’s idea in their head and aligning with it and also adding to that design. Design is about creating this ideal lifestyle- it is very individualistic.