Design strategies to make your kitchen more functional


We spend a lot of time in our kitchens. Of course, cooking with efficiency is key, but this is also a place to entertain, check homework, and have family meetings. This space has become the central hub of activity of our homes. So it deserves the attention to get it right during design. Here are…

42. Porch House by Lake Flato Architects #105architecturalinspirations


42. Porch House by Lake Flato Architects  #105architecturalinspirations Now this is a cool home solution! Lake Flato Architects designed the Porch House as a modular living room and sleeping room solution. Learning from the local vernacular and paying attention to nature, this home proves that good design, quality construction, sustainability, and practicality can all work together harmoniously. …

If you want to be a better architect, you should read these 15 books.


If you want to be a better architect, you should read these 15 books. These are the books that have had a significant impact on the way I think design. Thinking design is the key difference between an architect and a builder or drafter. An architect knows how to think about design, space creation, and solutions that…

41. United Therapeutics Field House by Frank Harmon #105architecturalinspirations


41. United Therapeutics Field House by Frank Harmon #105architecturalinspirations This 5,136 field house serves a pharmaceutical companies employee soccer field. Designed by Frank Harmon Architect, the clean lines, pure form, and aesthetic beauty for a utilitarian purpose shows the power of design.    The use of natural materials, stone, cypress siding, and bluestone tie this project…

Memorial Day – Celebrate I Honor I Remember


Memorial Day Celebrate I Honor I Remember All gave some, some gave all. A prayer for peace. Then they will beat their swords into iron plows, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation;nor will they train for war anymore. ~ Isaiah 2:4 Our debt to the heroic men…

#Architects are not normal people Part II


#Architects are not normal people. Part II. See part I here. As an architect, I have had years of training that has taught me how to observe spaces, building science solutions, and aesthetics in a unique way different from normal people. I see beauty in brick and emotion in statues. For instance: What an architect sees: an exquisite…

40. Pratt Street Power Plant #105architecturalinspirations


40. Pratt Street Power Plant #105architecturalinspirations The Pratt Street Power Plant is an example of adaptive reuse that can get anyone excited about architecture. The historic former power plant located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland has undergone significant repurposing development. Design Collective, an award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm did the core and shell adaptive reuse of the building…

Get rid of the mess in your house with these design strategies


Clutter around the house is a common issue in many homes today. Of course the best way to reduce clutter is to have less stuff. However, even once you have less stuff, there needs to be a storage system to keep all that is left in order. From shelving to closets there are many solutions…

39. Eagle Rock Residence by 2 Form Architecture #105architecturalinspirations


39. Eagle Rock Residence by 2 Form Architecture #105architecturalinspirations I love the use of exposed block, natural wood, and glass in the Eagle Rock Residence designed by 2 Form Architecture. I like even more the ramp that is hidden behind a planter to provide access to the home for people of all abilities. This simple design technique adds…

Green Term Defined: No-Step Entry


Green Term Defined: No-Step Entry Want to build the most sustainable home possible? Then you should make your home adaptable for all of the challenges you might face in life. For instance, what if your teenager breaks an ankle playing sports? What if you have knee pain as you age? What if you have a…

Broadway Barn – a look inside


I have posted pictures of the barn behind our house before – check some of them out here. So while I was working this past weekend, I took some images inside the barn. Roof inside the second level – yes that is a basketball goal. Storage items found on walls and the floor. Custom door handles….

38. Old Ranch Road Barn #105architecturalinspirations


38. Old Ranch Road Barn #105architectural inspirations I love barn architecture and the idea of converting one into a house is very appealing. However, it could be easier just to build a house using the style of a barn so you can get a high performance and functional solution. Highland Group Architects did just that…