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This is the base competency for an architect – if you want a dining table that seats 10 (and you have made that clear to your architect) then the dining room ought to be able to hold that table.  Room-by-room, this is not difficult.  The homeowner describes what they want, in functional terms, the architect […]

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On this celebration of Earth Day it is tempting to post about all the sustainability efforts and green productsthat we have integrated into our work.  Here in Boulder, the installation of solar panels, integration of geothermal ground source heat exchange systems, advanced framing techniques, etc. are so commonplace that they have become a standard part […]

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In all of our projects we go through an extensive process of trying to choose materials for interior finishes.  there are an almost infinite number of choices available for tile, wall and ceiling colors, flooring, etc.   The final selection should reinforce the ideas of the design as well as meet the technical and practical […]

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In case you were wondering if its true that your building materials go a long way to determining a building’s shape, I give you the following: The 1980′s historical pastiche of Po-Mo as rendered in the very appropriate foam blocks (not so far from the EIFS of the time) the large, rambling suburban “Western” McMansion […]

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In the previous posts I have remarked on the drama of stairs.  That drama is certainly reinforced by the actual design of the stair – its details and materials, certainly its shape and how sharp or relaxed the descent or ascent.  Unfortunately, as architects love stairs, we can get a bit carried away with this […]

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Stairs are inherently dramatic.  As the transition from one level to the next, they break the plane of the ceiling or floor and immediately engage the psychological territory that Gaston Bachelard so elegantly describes in The Poetics of Space.  Going up is to climb toward the sky, going down is to delve into the earth. […]

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A number of months ago, immediately on the heels of the Fourmile Fire, I was hired by a couple who just lost their house to design another.  It has been a great process even in the face of that tragedy, with clients who reaffirm why I do residential design.  Their thoughtfulness and commitment to the […]

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I have been thinking  a lot lately about vernacular architecture and indigenous responses to local climate.  By that I mean how a building and design practice, over time, has found architectural solutions to solve some of the problems posed by heat and cold, sunlight and shadow, aridity and humidity.  Reading through some older posts on […]

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