As more of their potential clients became interested in Passive House principles, these architects took the ultimate step in educating themselves by building and living in Passive Homes themselves. Creating buildings with supertight envelopes, orienting them to harness the sun and choosing energy-efficient systems have resulted in houses that use 75 percent less energy than new homes built to code. Here are their homes, one along the shore on Long Island, New York, one in the mountains of Park City, Utah, and one on a peninsula in Nova Scotia, Canada.Read more
Posted on 10/15/2019 at 08:00 AM
If you aren’t ready to say goodbye to the bathtub but you are ready to say goodbye to the shower curtain, a glass tub door or screen may be the option for you. It’s sleek. It’s modern. And it’s one way you can make your tub-shower combo look terrific. Find out what the pros have to say about this bathroom remodel option.Read more
Posted on 02/25/2018 at 08:00 AM
Cabinets are the critical, final piece of a finished home. They transform empty space into living space. They provide pizazz, substance and, above all, organization for all kinds of things, from kitchen plates to bathroom towels to living room media equipment. But poorly designed cabinets can be frustrating, a waste of money and a visual blemish on an otherwise lovely design.
Our cabinet series will help you navigate the process of choosing well-designed cabinets for your home. To kick off the series, let’s go over some of the basics you’ll want to keep in mind as you embark on selecting cabinet style, materials and more.Read more
Posted on 02/18/2018 at 08:00 AM
It’s rare for homeowners to dust off their hands and say, “There! Our home is complete!” There’s always something we feel we can do to make our spaces better, more efficient, more comfortable or just more visually appealing. With that in mind, we’ve pulled the most bookmarked stories from our Great Home Projects series to show you high-impact changes you can make to improve your home. Each story contains useful tips and things to consider, including whether you need to hire a pro, get a permit and more. We’ve included the cost information below; click the link to get more details about each project.Read more
Posted on 02/11/2018 at 08:00 AM
“God is in the details," a quote famously attributed to Mies van der Rohe, means that a design’s idea must be thoroughly and consistently represented through the entire fabric of the design — down to its smallest details.
I received a wonderful email the other day from a woman who had been scouting neighborhoods for interesting architecture. She had stumbled upon one of the homes designed by my architecture firm and wrote, “What I’ve mostly seen has either been in the arena of ‘has potential,’ ‘a near miss’ or ‘totally missed opportunity.’ Until today.”
I believe the has-potential and near-miss homes are often a result of poor detailing. I recall the first time, as a s...Read more
Posted on 02/04/2018 at 08:00 AM
Growing up, we lived in a beautiful century-old Craftsman house rich with period details. Some were beautiful and functional, and they stayed: original hardwood floors, woodwork, pocket doors, window seats and a quirky little built-in secretary desk. Other artifacts were not so lucky — including the original Craftsman light fixtures, which were sold at a yard sale. Years later, after realizing the lights probably would have fetched a good price if sold to the right buyer, we all regretted ditching them so unceremoniously. But the simple truth was, the lights were ... old. They were rusty and dusty looking, and to be completely honest, they reminded us of tin cans. We were much happier living with new light fixtures that worked prop...Read more
Posted on 01/28/2018 at 08:00 AM
Soaring ceilings with interesting architectural detail can hold allure for many people looking to buy or build a house. There’s no doubt that vaulted ceilings — also known as cathedral ceilings — can create a light and airy space and make a room look bigger than it really is, but know what you’re getting yourself into before falling head over heels in love. You can weigh the pros and cons here.Read more
Posted on 01/21/2018 at 08:00 AM
When architect Anthony Belluschi took on the restoration of a midcentury modern house in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, he had big architectural shoes to fill — his father’s. Internationally known architect Pietro Belluschi had built the native wood and glass home in 1948 for a client. Years later the architect returned from the East Coast, where he’d been dean of MIT’s School of Architecture, to buy the house he designed. He lived in it from 1973 until his death in 1994. More recently, Anthony — himself a successful architect — rebuilt the teahouse on the property as a small guest studio to live in while his mother’s caregivers used a bedroom in the main house. After his mother died, Bellus...Read more
Posted on 01/07/2018 at 08:00 AM
Yes, the building permit process can be a frustrating, costly and-time consuming affair, but there is purpose to the process and no getting around your local jurisdiction if you want to do your project right.
Here we recap the building permit basics, with links to more in-depth analysis of various stages of the planning, permitting and inspection processes. It’s an overview of a subject you should familiarize yourself with before tackling your home remodel project.Read more
Posted on 12/31/2017 at 05:30 PM
There’s a strong temptation to dive straight into home remodeling projects. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be done, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way if you haven’t done some essential planning up front. Each design professional and contractor runs his or her business in a different way, but homeowners usually need to follow the same steps to get to the construction phase.
Here are six crucial steps to help you plan for a successful home renovation, and the reasons they're so important for any project.Read more
Posted on 12/24/2017 at 08:00 AM