reduce, reuse, RECYCLE

or How a Tree Lives Again Indoors Milled cottonwood trunks dry in stacks waiting to be transformed into beautiful objects. ___________________________________________________________________ As construction continues on the Meadow House, workers prepare to deconstruct  the… Continue reading

High Country Roofs

Modern meets tradition atop the Swiss Alps in this hotel’s steep roof addition . High up in the snow country of Colorado, metal roofing provides protection from moisture, fire, and snow. The roof… Continue reading

Labor Day Postcard from Grand County

Labor Day 2012 in Grand County, Colorado It is not uncommon to find a sun bleached bovine hip bone in this open grazing range. An aspen grove surrounds a red cabin. The lodgepole… 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

Loud and quiet in NYC

A metal apple, incongruously suspended in a glass box, perches quietly over translucent steps and cylindrical elevator that lure crowds to the burrow of early adopters. Beyond the street noise uptown at the… Continue reading

Masonry at the edge of town

A green belt surrounds the City of Boulder, Colorado. Planners have acquired natural and rural property including in 1978 the Viele-VanVleet Farm, an original homestead. The Viele family crossed the prairie in covered… Continue reading