Friday, May 22, 2009

Before and After

Before and After photos are always a lot of fun. We go out of our way to find the worst before photo and pair it with our favorite after shot. As architects, we are accustomed to imagining the potential of an existing home that needs work. The before and after photographs greatest value to our clients is to show how a room or a whole house can be transformed through thoughtful design and quality construction.






As fun as the photgraphs are, living in the renovated spaces is the most fun.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Pool Houses

Nothing says summer like kids splashing around in a pool--except perhaps an adult party centered around a pool on a balmy summer evening. In either case, a pool house makes everything easier. Whether the pool house is small and simple or includes a full kitchen and guest quarters, having a place to store cold drinks, towels and refreshments makes summer entertaining a lot more fun.

A pool house can be a place to access only the absolute necessities while enjoying the pool, or it can be a destination that allows friends and family to spend the day around the pool and then stay for the night. A well designed pool house can easily double as a guest house for summer and winter use.

In the end, pool houses can be just for fun.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Kitchen Costs

One of the most expensive rooms in a home is the kitchen. It is easy to see why a kitchen is so expensive considering it contains appliances, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, lighting, ventilation, countertops as well as decorative finishes. To try to quantify some of those big ticket items we have compiled the following list of some of the elements that go into kitchens including their installed costs. The prices will vary depending on the supplier, contractor and the market conditions at the time of the bid. These prices were provided by suppliers and contractors in early 2009. Some less expensive brands have more expensive models and vice versa.

For additional prices of materials such as flooring and counter
tops, please review our previous article "How Much".

For a larger view simply double click on the chart or to recieve a pdf of this list, please e-mail a request to: and we will send you a copy as soon as possible.