Architecture is rooted in the site. Site studies involve analysis of sun, wind, neighborhood, natural topography, and cultural attributes. We study the social and natural context of each project to create comfort and a lasting aesthetic experience for the client with minimal disturbance of the site.
Materials are deeply personal. They are what we touch. We need to listen to our client’s likes and dislikes, marrying those to an experience in durability, sustainability and aesthetics. Details are what make living in a home a joy close up. When you can delight in the way wood and plaster meet, or in the shape of a scupper, you are having a good day.
The first step towards comfort is natural cooling, heating, and ventilation. After that, the architect measures your habits and accommodates your lifestyle. After that, comfort takes on a meaning beyond what can be described here maybe in the word “home”.
How You Can Help Improve the Environment The following are a few things you can do to have better environmental building practices. There is a great deal you can do to make the building industry less wasteful and more energy and resource efficient. For a better understanding of why these things are important and how to implement them, go to the websites listed below. For any construction, check to be sure you have the proper permits.
Recycle construction waste: Set up your site with separate bins for daily recycling and hire demolition contractors that recycle the demolition materials.
Paving and Landscaping
Encourage drought tolerant landscape and low flow drip irrigations. Use permeable paving in yards and driveways to reduce stormdrain runoff.
Foundation, Framing and Roofing
Request a concrete mix containing fly ash and/or slag. Use engineered lumber, steel, FSC certified wood and Oriented Strand Board instead of standard solid lumber and plywood. (Forest Stewardship Council)
Plumbing, Appliances, Air Conditioning and Heating
Insulate heating pipes. Install on-demand hot water heaters. Use water efficient faucet and fixtures. Make sure there is natural ventilation for successful air flow through the building and roof. Install south facing windows for warmth, and protect them with overhangs, awnings, and deciduous trees for cooling. Check ductwork for leakage. Install HVAC systems with non-HCFC refrigerants and Merv 6 minimum filters. Install carbon monoxide alarms. exceed Title 24 standards in energy efficiency.