McMansionization of America

Model Homes through HistoryMcMansionization of AmericaImpact of TechnologyIngredients for Moving ForwardcoNEXT Connected Home Over the last few decades there has been one home that has stood out as a model home, of sorts – the McMansion.  First appearing in the 1980s,...

Impact of Technology

Model Homes through HistoryMcMansionization of AmericaImpact of TechnologyIngredients for Moving ForwardcoNEXT Connected Home The lives of Americans, within their ever-expanding homes, are drastically different than it was a generation ago.  The primary source of this...
Ingredients for Moving Forward

Ingredients for Moving Forward

Model Homes through HistoryMcMansionization of AmericaImpact of TechnologyIngredients for Moving ForwardcoNEXT Connected Home As we’ve lived through this vast sociological and technological transformation, our homes, with the exception of their size, have remained...

coNEXT Connected Home

Model Homes through HistoryMcMansionization of AmericaImpact of TechnologyIngredients for Moving ForwardcoNEXT Connected Home The coNEXT home rises to meet the challenges of our changing world.  It’s a fully-connected, right-sized residence that embraces the...
Surveying Salk

Surveying Salk

Great buildings are hard to read at first.  They have an order and rhythm distinctly their own.  The Salk Institute of Biological Studies, designed by Louis Kahn, is such a building.  Sitting atop the long grassy bluffs of Torey Pines, and overlooking the expanse that...
When is the best time to start the design process?

When is the best time to start the design process?

As the temperatures begin to fall, most of us are consumed by the upcoming holidays, various school activities, and winter weather plans.  The thought of tackling that new home renovation or construction project drops down the list of priorities – something to...
Fitting In

Fitting In

How should a modernist live in a traditional town?  In an area abundant with beautiful older homes, a more modern residence can often look out of place.  Even though they may wish to express their inner modernist, many homeowners are concerned that a modern design...
Allowances: Pricing the Unknown

Allowances: Pricing the Unknown

While working through a project, it is important to keep your budget front and center.  A great way to do this is by requesting construction estimates from contractors early in the process.  With that said, reviewing construction estimates at this stage can sometimes...
Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

There is something about the remnants of a decaying structure struggling to hang onto the thread of modern life that attracts my avid interest.  In this, I am not alone.  Tourists the world over travel thousands of miles to wander amongst the ruins of past...
Modern-V-Traditional

Modern-V-Traditional

I have come to believe that everyone has their own personal style. For me, I realized long ago that I was a modernist at heart. There is something about the volumetric treatment of a building’s form and its clean, simple detailing that makes me feel content. When I...