November 13, 2019

The design process for a new home, addition or remodel can be very long and complex.  Essentially the process is a constant stream of decisions to be made. As architects, our job is to help clients with the decisions.  In junior high algebra, we learned about variables...

November 5, 2019

On a recent trip to Barcelona I had the pleasure of touring architect Antonio's Gaudi's famous multi-family apartment/home, Casa Batllo (left). After touring the amazing building, I stumbled onto the less familiar Casa Amatller next door (below), Much has been written...

September 15, 2019

Mudrooms continue to be one of the most desired elements when homeowners do a addition or remodel. The items needed for busy families add up. Briefcases, sports equipment, yoga mats, musical instruments, backpacks, electronics, shoes, and umbrellas can overwhelm entran...

August 29, 2019

Your unfinished basement can provide large living space potential. Finishing it can improve property value and be a welcome alternative to the disruption of an addition, and may be the only viable option for additional space on small lots. Here are the top things to co...

April 4, 2019

As a continuation from the earlier blog about 1st floor remodels of Maplewood Rooms (sunrooms or 3-season rooms), I wanted to describe some of the challenges of either a) Remodeling existing 2nd floor Maplewood rooms, OR b) creating second floor additions above 1st flo...

November 28, 2018

Maplewood, New Jersey, has a room named after it:  the Maplewood room.  Known across the USA as simply "a sunroom", it is lovingly referred to by Maplewood residential architects, homeowners, and realtors as The Maplewood Room.  (The home on the left has two!)...

August 29, 2018

Prior to meeting with clients in person and on site, we always recommend an initial phone call to discuss location, project type, scope, timing and budget.

  • Location - Is the project within a commutable distance that will make our fees (including travel) economical f...

April 20, 2018

For a residential architect, one of the most challenging discussions to have with clients is the overall project budget. Architects are likely the first to discuss project budgets with homeowners.  High construction estimates can come as a huge surprise to homeowners....

February 5, 2018

Last Saturday, the world lost Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA. I offer him and his store a mixed eulogy.

As a part-time resident in a country that does not have an IKEA store (yet), I miss the affordable style that IKEA offers.  As a native of the US State that produced...

January 29, 2018

​One step in the home sales process that is often overlooked is a zoning analysis. Have a zoning analysis completed prior to closing is critically important if any future enhancements are planned. Oftentimes, anticipated changes and ideas are not scheduled until after...

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