Category Archives: Planning

Project planning

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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Making FF&E, Material and Finish Selections

The term FF&E is an acronym for Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment. Of course Furniture is movable items such as tables and chairs. Fixtures are the immovable items such as cabinets. Equipment is a machine such as a water-heater or air conditioner. All are used to make a house or other space suitable for living and/or…
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Dear Construction Conductor

Dear Construction Conductor: What is the cheapest and best way to get several design ideas for my full kitchen remodel? I know I want to remove a wall, so I will have to use an architect. Sincerely, On a Budget, Austin, TX Dear On a Budget, Thank you for your question. The cheapest and best…
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