Category Archives: Big Picture

Stepping back to see the big picture.

Top 10 Foolish Renovation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Renovating your home is almost always a good idea. As we go through life and our families grow, we often find that we want things in our home which we couldn’t afford when it was first built. That leaves us with the choice of renovation or selling our home and moving. Of the two, renovation…
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Sometimes Going Forward Takes Compromise

In my experience, owners have different reasons for wanting to get something built. Sometimes there is a disconnect between what they want to build and what they can afford to build. Recently a friend was working on a project where the owner's design committee stated the budget on the project was up to 20 million dollars. The…
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About tall ceilings.

Tall ceilings can add a really nice spacial design aspect. They make a space, any space, feel larger. Raise the ceiling and instantly you feel as if metaphorical and sensual weight has been lifted off your head. Buildings and houses built in the late 18th and early 19th century before the advent of air conditioning often…
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How many jobs does a construction project create?

We keep hearing about United States politicians bickering amongst themselves about whether or not creating construction projects bolsters the economy. From my perspective, construction will forever be a continual and ongoing necessity. Like air, water, and food, shelter and infrastructure are equally necessary for humanity’s survival. From time to time, every necessity requires cleansing and renewal…
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