Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Jun
0

The White Roof Project

A simple idea turned into a non-profit organization dedicated to make a difference in urban environments. We are using ‘white roofing’ more and more as people become educated to the energy and financial impact not only for the building itself but to its surroundings as well. Learn more at The White Roof Project.

Apr
0

The Future Tech House

The layering of technology in our homes is inevitable and already occurring at an accelerated rate. We built our home only 8 years ago and some technologies I had anticipated have been passed up by others. Who knows were we will be in another 8 years? This video from Openarch takes a stab at that vision. Some fun (and silly) ideas ensue. Enjoy!

Openarch || FILM from Openarch on Vimeo.

Mar
0

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’.

Feb
4

Twin Cities Remodel -Part 1

This is Part 1 of a series where we take a 1920’s era house and transform it into modern and fresh home for an old friend… not that we are old! Follow along (subscribe!) as we face many design, budget and construction decisions as well as navigate through the process of remodeling in an urban setting.

Feb
0

Podcast #32 -Let’s Talk Windows

Podcast #32 -Let’s Talk Windows


Today we speak with Bill Gautsche III of Pella Windows and Doors. Bill guides us in understanding what is important when selecting windows for your project. A few questions discussed include:
-What are the basic components that make up a quality window?
-What are the different types of windows?
-Clarify the difference of R-value versus U-value.
-What options are there for glass and what is important to be aware of?
-How are windows installed? New construction versus replacing existing units.
-What future technologies do you see related to windows?

Resources can be found at:
Pella and HERE for information and installation videos

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

Jan
3

Project Update -Bald Eagle Lake

Project Update -Bald Eagle Lake

We are in the final design stretch! The details need to be refined, actual materials selected and, most importantly, make sure we are on track with the budget. The preliminary drawings are out for pricing and we hope to move forward so construction can start right away in the spring. Click on the images to see some of the interior concepts.

Jan
0

30 Story Build in 15 Days

Panelized and factory prepped, this 30 story hotel in China was built in 15 days… once on site. There was much design and prep time completed prior to pull this off. Impressive non-the-less. Take a look at the time-lapse video to see it happen.
Source: Huffington Post

Jan
0

Bottled Water or the Old Fashioned Way?

I personally don’t get it… We are so fortunate to have clean water delivered right to several rooms in our homes and even to ports on the exterior, but still we pay extra and use resources for ‘better’ water. Is it really better -and what truly is the impact of our choices? Check out this video by ‘The Story of Stuff‘ that breaks down the debate.

Jan
0

Re-Thinking Furniture

I am not sure why, but I love furniture design. Maybe it’s because furniture is a focal-point accessory that you physically engage with. Maybe it is because I am constantly searching for something more inspiring then an over-stuffed Lazy-Boy I can relax in after a long day without the embarrassment of having a monstrosity in the Family Room. Whatever the case, take a look at some of the below efforts to ‘re-think’ the art of sitting. Click on the images to enlarge.

The Cube Pavilion
Made from various sizes of PVC pipe, this fulfills my wildest pipe dream…

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for those dying to sit down and take a load off, how about the Coffin Couch? These are, believe it or not, recycled? coffins turned into high-end seating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about a chair made from old computer parts? From BRC Designs, this electrifying design really flips my switch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for those who need a little help with their numbers, letters…and primary colors, we present the ABC123 chair! (another from BRC Designs- I need to contact these guys and see if they can make me a lounge chair from left over pizza boxes and a few empty beer bottles)

Nov
2

Manhattan Shoebox Apartment

Could you live (and be happy) in a 78 square foot apartment? This young architect is and is an inspiration with his attitude. Makes me thankful for all I have and reminds me to enjoy the journey.
Source: Fair Companies

Nov
3

AIA ‘Using Video’ Presentation

I was honored to be asked to make a presentation at the AIA Minnesota Convention this past week. The gist was to discuss using video to help convey not only the visual but experiential aspects of architecture. This video was one of several I showed and was used to explain some DIY info. Unfortunately, it is not meant as a stand-alone but was paired with a Power Point presentation on how it was put together… (and there are a few inside jokes included for the attended audience). Afterwards, participants asked that I post it and include some links of DIY Video Resources -so here you go! Thanks everyone for your interest!

Learning DSLR Video, CheesyCam, DSLR Video Shooter, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmaker, Vimeo Video School

Nov
3

Project Update -Bald Eagle Lake

Project Update -Bald Eagle Lake

We are having fun with this project! An overall plan and design direction is set but the main discussion over the past month related to the roof form. The flat roof was out of the running early. The Owner’s had always desired an offset barrel roof but the shed roof was intriguing as well. Each had their pros and cons as it related to the interior and exterior function, aesthetic and costs. After much discussion and many sketches, the Owners decided to stay with their original desire for the offset barrel.

We are now working on the folding in the details, including the finishes and textures. Be sure to check previous posts to see how this project began! Click on the images below to enlarge.

Contractor: Cates Fine Homes