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Why You Should Use The Golden Ratio In Your Decor

  • Devote 2:3 of the space to the main function and the remaining 1:3 to a secondary use. Image Via: Furman + Keil Architects
  • Read on to find out why you should use the ratio in your interiors. Image Via: S&K Interiors
  • Divide your space into primary and secondary functions to keep it looking balanced. Image Via: Pickell Architecture
  • Add a runner to help balance a narrow space. Image Via: Evens Architects

We’ve all heard of the golden ratio. Most likely, it’s filed away with all the rest of your memories from your college art class or you read about in passing when perusing an article in the newspaper a couple of weeks ago. But, did you know that the golden ratio also plays a role in […]

What is a LEED Certified Home?

  • green modern home
  • modern black and white interior
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  • zero energy home

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for green building. There are numerous levels and ratings within this certification program that recognize best-in-class building strategies for homes, offices, new construction, schools, hospitals, retail and much more. LEED is designed to be flexible and far-reaching, opening the doors to ALL development […]

The 10 Most Common Causes of Roof Leaks

  • Be careful even when walking on flat rooftops. You could easily crack a seal. Image Via: Chris Pardo Design - Elemental Architecture
  • While skylights look pretty, they can let in extra moisture when not properly sealed. Image Via: ZeroEnergy Design
  • Use these tips to help keep your roof in great shape. Image Via: BCN Homes
  • When the Derrick Architecture

Let’s face it: No one wants to have to go running for a drip bucket every time it rains. Not only is having to stay on top of the weather forecast annoying and impractical, but that one small drip symbolizes a larger roofing issue – and we all know that roofing issues mean an investment […]

Why Green Architecture Is The Perfect Investment for Your Home

  • Not all sustainable homes are ultra-modern. This traditional exterior is LEED-certified. Image Via: William Johnson Architect
  • Installing a few solar panels will drastically reduce your heating and cooling costs. Image Via: Mary Prince Photography
  • Sustainable homes tend to feature tons of natural light since its a great source of Vitamin D. Image Via: WA Design
  • Focus on using reclaimed materials in your exterior. This cutie uses bark and barn wood. Image Via:  Christopher Kellie Design Inc.

We all want to help the environment – or at least we know we should – but when it comes to actually implementing sustainable practices, the task often seems too daunting. Green architecture, in particular, has been given the unfortunate reputation of being too difficult and costly to implement in your own home. However, this […]

Why You’ll Fall In Love With The Green Architecture Trend

  • Sustainable residences are a smart choice for investors with a tight bottom line. Image Via:  BcDc (B. Costello Design & Consulting, LLC)
  • Embrace green thinking to help preserve views like these. Image Via: Carlos Delgado Architect
  • Recycled wooden siding can fit a variety of tastes while still being sustainable. Image Via: Morgan Howarth Photography
  • Solar panels and key lights are two ways that you can naturally lower your utility bills. Image Via: Schrader & Companies

A few decades ago, the concept of sustainable architecture was reserved for a small niche market. No one outside of the most diehard nature-fanatics would have given it a second thought, much less sought out ways to make their own homes more eco friendly. Today, however, it seems exactly the opposite. Companies are chomping at […]

Why Our Brains Love Symmetry in Design

We all know an example of good interior design when we see it. In fact, most of us can make that judgment almost instantly. Have you ever wondered why that ability seems to come to us so instinctually, even though we may not be professional interior designers? It all has to do with symmetry, or […]

10 Questions to Consider in Your Apartment Search

A lot of new renters assume that searching for an apartment is simple. You just search for available spaces online, pick the best looking one in your price range, and sign a lease, right? While being that laid-back with your search might help you move into a new apartment sooner, you may find yourself in […]

The Psychology of Achieving Balance In Interior Design

Interior design is about so much more than sense of style. We’ve already talked about your design choices are influencing your subconscious, but that’s just scratching the surface. Even the way that you employ symmetry in your home has an impact on your psyche. Does it seem like a stretch to say that proper furniture […]

How Architects Design For An Aging Population

The growth in the number of adults  65 years and older will double over the next 25 years. This statistic creates a demographic that is unprecedented in America’s history, as stated in The State of Aging and Health in America. What happens when 20% of the population is elderly? What are the consequences of this […]

How To Make Your Roof Last For Decades

  The knowledge that you get to come home to a roof over your head is one of the most rewarding parts of being a homeowner. The knowledge that you’ll eventually have to replace that roof, however, is often one of the most daunting. With roof replacement costs averaging nearly $34,500, according to the 2014 […]

10 Reasons You Should Use Sustainable Building Materials

Do you really know the true definition of sustainability? It is a trendy word that is often tossed about, but the real definition may be lost at times. Merriam Webster dictionary refers to the meaning of sustainable as, able to be used without being used up or destroyed; methods that do not completely use up or […]

Why Our Brains Love Luxurious Interiors

Luxury. The word even feels nice rolling off your tongue. There’s something so clean and crisp about it. Perhaps it’s the way that the simplest mention instantly conjures up mental images of sprawling mansions, designer collections, and sleek cars. Reality is, everyone loves lavishness, especially when it comes to interiors. The proof is all around […]

10 Design Lessons You Can Learn From Scandinavian Interiors

You may be surprised to hear that the beauty of the Scandinavian design movement wasn’t fully recognized until the 1950’s. Since then, this minimalist European design has brought acclaim to many prominent and noteworthy Scandinavian designers who have made a global mark by creating unique furnishings and housewares. While some may immediately think of the primary […]

Why Houses Are Getting Smaller

Are you one of the millions who have down-sized in recent years? If you are, what made you decide to move into a smaller home? Was it financial motives that lead to your decision, or just the fact that you no longer required a home full of rooms that collect dust and never get used? […]

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