Three Things You Need to Know to Maximize Your ROI

For many of us, our home is our single largest investment. To make the most of it is not simple – building is now very technical and complex in a rapidly changing market. Integrated project delivery leverages a collaborative alliance of experts and systems early in the planning and design stage to maximize efficiency and […]

Project photography credit: Franc D'Ambrosio Architecture

The reality of home building today

Would you want an expensive and efficient beautiful new car? Would you want an expensive beautiful car built like a car 20 years ago?! Home construction nowadays is way more complex and expensive than its ever been. There is more stuff in the walls. More things to choose from. More restrictions. And bigger spaces. Yet […]

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Floating Perforated Stairs: How-To

Staircases are awesome. Or at least they can be. But an original staircase design often requires a higher level of integration. Fortunately, for the staircase photographed on the front cover of this year’s Modern Home Lookbook, we had a great team with Matty at Aryze Developments, Dan at RJC Engineering, and Dave at Zapco Fabrication. […]

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Large Format Tile

Large format porcelain tile is an emerging product with limitless possibilities. The thing to keep in mind is that this is still a new product and it’s necessary to put in the time thinking of what can go wrong. It’s important to do this with any design, but even more so when working with new […]

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How big can I make my house?

It is no secret that in the world of residential construction, the new house is the biggest one on the block. Houses are built as close together and as tall as possible. I don’t know when this started, but the effect it has on all of us is startling and completely unnecessary. I share 500 square […]

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Identify Your Needs

When I work with people on designing their dream home, it consists mostly of photos picked out from Houzz, Pintrest, or other social media outlets. There is usually conversation about some skewed reality of timelines and budgets based on shows seen on HGTV. While these are all great places to find inspiration, they lack the […]

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6 things people won’t tell you about building

You get what you pay for. Your project will go over budget. It’s stressful. The housing market will be very different in 15 years. You can’t have everything. There are better options. Some truths of the building industry are rarely discussed; and knowing them will save you piles of stress and frustration. You are looking […]

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Misconceptions About Building

Building is hard: Save yourself some stress by understanding these common misconceptions about residential building. Which of the following do you think are true? Designing is fun and easy Building is fun and easy HGTV is reality TV You’ll be moved in by Christmas Your builder does everything Your building inspector will guarantee quality It’ll […]

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Three Things You Need to Know to Maximize Your ROI

For many of us, our home is our single largest investment. To make the most of it is not simple – building is now very technical and complex in a rapidly changing market. Integrated project delivery leverages a collaborative alliance of experts and systems early in the planning and design stage to maximize efficiency and […]

Read More >