Salvaged redwood is a popular building material used to achieve the natural and rustic character appealing to many. The de-nailed material will usually have extractive “black” bleeding from the tannic acids and the nails. Although the holes, knicks, and scratches that remain help define the look and feel, they are a problem for finishing elements
A couple months ago we posted a praise of Fireclay Tile for their success in making beautiful tile and setting a high bar for sustainable, local manufacturing. Companies who make it their mission to deliver value across multiple spectrums are our favorite recommendations to clients. For this post we want to offer the same praise to
One easy guideline to designing spaces where people want to spend time is including plenty of natural light. A request for “a lot of natural light” is typically in the top five desired features when discussing initial design with clients. It’s even accurate to say natural light holds the number one slot for the majority. It
Building a new home, even a small home in your backyard, means making a ton of decisions about design and products. One of our main responsibilities to clients is helping them navigate towards product selections that will make the home more efficient, less costly and more comfortable. The Nest Learning Thermostat is a perfect example
Dan Smith and Dietmar Lorenz at DSA Architects believe that any house in California should be close to net-zero energy, especially new construction. They also have the know how to back up this goal. Dan and Dietmar are experts in net-zero design and construction with a savvy eye towards cost effectiveness. The golden rule is
Who doesn’t love fresh herbs? If you have the patience and a meager minute every few days to spare, one thing you can invest in are indoor mini-gardens. As the name suggests, these are accessible, portable gardens you would set up inside your home. With minimal effort and skill, one can have year-round fresh herbs
The kitchen is such an important part of the home. For many families, it’s the hub of daily activity from cooking to mealtime to homework to game night. For single adults and couples, it’s a place for planning schedules, preparing meals, and socializing. It even doubles as a home office for many people. Although most
One of our goals when helping clients choose finish items for their new home or cottage is to find and recommend high quality products with a high value to price relationship. We want the interior finishes choices to reflect our design and engineering focus on sustainability and longevity. Among our favorite recommendations is Fireclay Tile.