Category Archive: Design ideas

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  This reusable Christmas tree created by architect Philip Lawrence                                   could hardly be called artificial  … Continue reading

Projects In Fall Colors

Projects by Lawrence and Gómez Architects continue through the fall at all phases of design and construction. Below, the long south-facing roof of the Meadow House will receive solar panels this week. The… Continue reading

Late Summer Courtyards

Take advantage of the space between buildings to locate a courtyard. In the late summer, shade and plantings mix with paved areas to provide spaces for entertainment or for quiet contemplation. An outdoor… Continue reading

Efficient Stair Plans

Photos and plans of smallest stairs that comply with building codes. The drawings show three options for stairs to climb 9′-0″. A) Spiral stair – compact and efficient plan saves space in small… Continue reading

Drawings and Design, 3D

Shortly after conceptual plans (see previous post Drawings and Design, 2D), three-dimensional schematics begin. The illustrations on this post are a sampling of the physical model and 3D drawings we used to design… Continue reading

Drawings and Design, 2D

Two-dimensional basics: Plans, sections, elevations, and construction drawings Often design starts with a hand-sketched schematic floor plan. The one shown above combines layout of rooms, relationship to the landscape, views, and location of… Continue reading

Staying Cool – The Passive Options

A summer of frequent 100-plus degree days underlines the need for cooling strategies. Turning on the air conditioner, evaporative cooler, or even the electric fans should be the last resort. Here are some… Continue reading

What does Green look like?

Every new house and remodel can be Green. Don’t hesitate to add sustainable features to your project. Green comes in every shade and style. Enhanced by clerestory day-lighting throughout, this house earns 5… Continue reading

Function in a dream kitchen

We’re Featured on Houzz (click for link)! Today Houzz.com features a project by Lawrence and Gomez Architects. Their article about 9 features to consider for your dream kitchen includes Functional task stations. Anything… Continue reading

Golden Leaves Falling

Golden leaves falling on freshly finished concrete patio Pouring a slab isn’t as easy as pouring a slab. For best results, a concrete slab should be planned, designed, and engineered. “It can be… Continue reading