Green Term Defined: Biophilic Design


Biophilic design is possibly the most exciting thing that has happened to building design in my lifetime. This term suggests there is an inherit need for humans to connect to other living systems. We hear it on every home design we do – “we want lots of light, connection to the outside, capture the views.” …

Magnolia Ridge Home – Update


Here is an update of our Magnolia Ridge Home that is under construction. I have posted about it in the past here and here. Let us know what you think.

Green Term Defined: Rainwater Harvesting


Rain water harvesting is the collection of water for reuse before it reaches the aquifer. Uses include landscape irrigation, car washing, flushing toilets, drinking water, and / or washing clothes. Rain water provides protection against short-term droughts for keeping your garden alive. It can also reduce the impact of run off in neighborhood streams and…

Happy Earth Day 44 years later! We have a lot of work to do even today.


Our firm has focused on providing green design to our clients for 27 years. We have called it green design for the last 11 years. Yet, these ideas are still considered new concepts to many in the building industry today. Knowing and understanding building science and applying it to home design is basic common sense design. It…

SVBA Home and Garden Show 2014


Wow, what a great weekend. I am worn out and there is still another day of Home Show. I have met hundreds of great people and had many conversations about green design that I lost count. Many people are very interested in finding solutions to make their new homes healthy, energy-efficient, and durable. The most…