Barrier-Free Designs without the “Clinical” Look

Many new homes and commercial buildings need to meet ADA standards and accommodate people with mobility challenges as well as those who plan to live independently well into their senior years. Barrier-free Design, also called Universal Design and “inclusive design,” provides a comfortable environment for everyone while including additional accommodations for wheelchairs and other mobility… Read More »

Floating Stairs Amaze by Visually Defying Physics

Taking the “wow factor” up a few steps… Some building projects call for that certain “wow factor” and floating stairs deliver it! We found some fascinating designs to share from homedit and offer some important considerations for architects and builders with floating stairs in their plans. (Image source: http://www.homedit.com) Why Consider Floating Stairs? Feature staircases have always… Read More »

Historic Metal Restorations Using Modern Fabrication Technologies

How do you reproduce authentic old-world craftsmanship using modern tools? In a word, readily. But let us qualify this claim by adding the assumption that the original subject matter can be seen and evaluated in detail. Perhaps the original structure was moved, damaged or destroyed. All that exists for reference is an old photograph. Digital… Read More »

Enabling Architectural Creativity Behind the Scenes

An idea leads to a concept which leads to a design which leads to a physical reality… or not. Some of the most interesting and creative architectural design ideas are never implemented because they are not feasible with currently available technology or they are not economically practical. But we’d like to focus on one of… Read More »

Elegant Joinery Shows the Master’s Touch

From scattered and unrelated parts come a single magnificent architectural work. Buildings are comprised of many separate things – woods, metals, ceramics, stone, glass and even plastics. Functionality, fit and finish are the qualities we look for in the craftsman’s art of joinery. All beautiful buildings have in common elegant, tight-fitting and often seamless transformations… Read More »

Stainless Steel Does “Rust” – Sometimes!

One of the common misconceptions about stainless steel is that it does not corrode when exposed to water or the elements – that it’s rustproof. The term “rustproof” as commonly used implies that the metal can be safely and effectively applied in wet, damp or otherwise harsh environments without risk of corrosion or long-term integrity… Read More »

Bronze: recreating the best of the past in modern architecture

Build fast or build to last? “That is the question!” It’s visual, tactile, audible and olfactory. It’s weighty and timeless. It’s the total sensory difference between classic building craftsmanship and fast, efficient new construction. You experience this difference every time you enter an old post office, courthouse, or classical office building in an older section… Read More »

Architectural Design Increases Real Estate Value

As you drive through the nicest neighborhoods, what tends to get your attention? Perhaps it’s the landscape architecture, gardens and plantings. This is probably followed by shiny and interesting structural elements unique to each custom-built home. The architecture of luxury “estate” properties exudes the aura of stateliness and permanence and singularity, largely determined by unique design… Read More »

Designing Stairs that Get Stares

Photo by Macaluso Designs, Inc. – Browse traditional staircase ideas   Enter just about any custom-built luxury home and it’s likely that the first structural element to catch your eye will be a set of elegant stairs angling or winding up to the second floor and perhaps higher. Our eyes will tend to focus on… Read More »

Metal Surface Finishing Techniques

Know your finishing options for the lasting results you want. Raw metal surfaces offer various visual appearances and textures, not all of them desirable. When exposed to the elements, even dry air, most metals change in appearance. If the air is very humid and surfaces are exposed to moisture, some metals will corrode, especially the… Read More »