Archive for March, 2012

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Twin Cities Remodel -The End?

We wanted to post a quick update on this project and show a few of the ‘test’ concepts. This initial effort was to incorporate the entire Client wishlist and see how this small home could be transformed. The tough part, which we all knew, was getting feedback and reality checks from contractors, banks and realtors. The problem with this project is not the house, it’s the site. A third of the property would need to be excavated and hauled out of a city setting just for a new garage. That is a big chunk of any budget.

The other challenge is that this project was looked at as a development opportunity and could the neighborhood actually support this financial investment? Now comes the tough part for the Client – evaluating all of the feedback, adjusting priorities and deciding which way to go… Stay tuned!

Mar
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The Art of Drawing

I’ll admit it. The one thing I could never do very well is draw people. Buildings, landscapes, no problem -but people… not so much. I don’t know if the human form is too complex or intimidating for me to capture so I am always amazed when someone can make it look easy. Take a look at this video of Dave de Leeuw making me envious.

Mar
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Podcast #33 -Not just for floors anymore!

Podcast #33 -Not just for floors anymore!

Today we speak with Tom Graf, founder of Concrete Arts. Tom is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about concrete. His company is on the innovative edge with chemistry, finishes and the basic limits of concrete. A few questions discussed include:
-What is the history of concrete?
-What ways is concrete being used today?
-What types of finishes and sealers are available?
-Explain the sustainability of concrete.

Please subscribe to these podcasts also via iTunes. Search for the title ‘Design & Other Fun Stuff’.

Mar
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What makes a Home Special?

A simple story of a man and his home. Take time to stop, engage and invite. You’ll never know what adventure you will go on…
Source: Departure/Arrival Films

Mar
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Kinetic Furniture

Kinetic Furniture

This sculptural double-sided bench transforms as you ‘take a load off’. This was digitally designed to maximize 19 sheets of plywood with minimal waste. It looks like it would be comfortable…unless someone jumps on the other side!
See the original post here from the Contemporist