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Design Ideas For Updating Bungalows

Posted by in Architecture | April 15, 2016


Bungalows (Updating Classic America)
M. Caren Connolly
Louis Wasserman


If you are anything like me, you occasionally find yourself adding new books to your bookshelf or replenishing the collection of books resting on your coffee table (usually architectural related) to keep your room looking fresh and new and guests entertained. One book in particular that I have had the pleasure of reading was written by two architects who, based on their writings and backgrounds, truly appreciate the style and spirit of the American bungalow.

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Master Planning Your Property

Posted by in Architecture | April 15, 2015

Site master planning is strategic planning, planning for present needs with an eye toward expansion and the future. 

The First Phase of this Master Plan is probably the least expensive of all the phases shown in this conceptual plan. The reason is that the structure is already there in your garage!

While you’re enjoying the newly created space, you may find a need for your automobiles and/or workshop. Thus, Phase II might be the addition of a new, not 2-car, but 3-car garage to add that extra bonus that newer homes are offering.

Phase III has been indicated as an addition at the rear of the existing residence creating possibly a new Master Bedroom Suite (shown) or additional Bedrooms, or even a “Granny Pad” for those special relatives.

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Craftsman Style Architecture

Posted by in Architecture | September 15, 2013
Craftsman Style Architecture

Pictured Above: The Edward Schulmerich House, Hillsboro, Oregon 1915

During the early 1900s the American Craftsman style also associated with the American Arts and Crafts movement and the Greene brothers, gained popularity as Americans became drawn to homes with character, detail, and more efficient floor plan layouts. The movement favored a handmade aesthetic with simple materials over mass production, and writers like Henry Wilson and Gustav Stickley contributed to the popularity of the highly unique nature and harmony feel. In fact, one of the most well-known Craftsman style homes was built in California by Greene and Greene.

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Radiant Floor Heating: No Shoes Required

Posted by in Architecture | January 15, 2012

A hydronic radiant floor heating system in concrete slab

There are numerous ways to heat living space. Some more desirable than others. Among them are forced-air heating, baseboard heating, gas burners, electric heating elements, space heaters, passive solar design, and radiant heating. Although each heating method has its pros and cons along with its own unique characteristics, radiant heating stands out for numerous reasons.

Radiant floor heating, also commonly referred to as underfloor heating, is a popular central heating system that supplies heat directly to the floors surface keeping it warm to the touch while radiating up into the living space above. 

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A Quick Look At Passive Solar Design

Posted by in Architecture | February 15, 2011

Five Elements of Passive Solar Design – From WBDG

Last week as I was helping a friend around his property, I noticed a nearby home with a roof that was covered with solar panels. Chances are you probably have a neighbor or know of someone with a similar system mounted on their rooftop. What if there was an alternative to this somewhat unappealing and expensive addition to an already existing structure? If you were to research the topic you might come across a different form of energy used in home construction called “passive solar design.”

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Mission Revival Style Architecture

Posted by in Architecture | November 15, 2010
Mission Style Architecture

Pictured above: A combination of Mission Revival, Spanish, & Mediterranean architecture.

The Mission Revival Style was an architectural movement during the late 19th century that drew much of its inspiration from the Spanish missions along the coast of California from the late 18th and early 19th century.

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