Although the United States was founded less than 250 years ago, there has been a myriad of design styles when it comes to residential architecture. The US has seen an evolution of residential architecture, beginning with colonial style homes which were heavily influenced by the early settler’s origin countries, to the contemporary homes we see across the country today. Occasionally, it may be difficult to determine a house’s style due to eclectic designs or renovations. Typically, structural and architectural elements like arches, columns, dormers, moldings, roofs, and windows help highlight a style of home. To help you categorize our home, we’ve put together a chronological list of popular US house styles below.
Green Building Programs are initiatives that provide standards to help owners, designers, and construction consultants achieve healthy and high-performing buildings. By standardizing a set of rules, or requirements that apply not only during construction, but throughout the life of the building, Green Building Programs can help to provide layers of accountability and integrity to building projects. Buildings are responsible for over one-third of global energy consumption, and about… Read More
When starting any project, it’s important to have a complete understanding of the condition and characteristics of any property. As a company, we’ve developed a document called our Site Due Diligence Report, which enables us to follow a quick review process to ensure all our projects are feasible. Regardless of the project type, the due diligence report helps us organize all the information that the city and county provide for properties and existing structures. Below we will review the… Read More
On Labor Day weekend in 2015, we were camping on the Pacific Coast of Washington State, at Kalaloch Campground, when we saw our first teardrop camper. It was an original, owned by the original owners, who’d likely had it since the 50’s. And we thought it was the bee’s knees. So we set about designing, and then building, our own. It’s been a long process, and always one that would get done when it gets done. No rush, it’s my fun project. We started building in 2016 and 2017, but then bought… Read More
In every construction and demolition project, waste is produced. Waste management is the concept of that waste being collected, transported, and disposed of. With efforts to be more sustainable, and responsible to our planet, we are still generating an excess in global waste. According to the United Nations, we dump around 2.12 million tons of waste a year. In 2020 alone, it is estimated that we have already dumped 1.2 million tons of waste- that’s equivalent to the weight of about… Read More
Firewise USA® is a program started by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that teaches people to better understand wildfires, and increase their home’s chance of survival through proactive actions. To be recognized as a Firewise USA® site, community members and residents collaborate with state forestry agencies or fire departments to obtain a written wildfire risk assessment, and develop an action plan for their community. By hosting outreach events, and working with neighbors…. Read More