For no more than the cost of an off-the-shelf item, one can often find hand-crafted items that enhance what would otherwise be a mundane accessory. These door pulls, made by sculptor Mark Weisback (etsy.com/artisanhandles) are a wonderful addition to new closet doors. And they are ‘leftover’ brass that Mark recycled from a large public sculpture. Recycling at its highest level!
Natural light is the most dynamic aspect of a design, as the space changes throughout the day, and throughout the year, depending on the quality and intensity of light. Light can be used to define a space, change the quality of the colors and textures of the space, and help establish the relationship between the building’s interior and exterior.
Good design finds alternative solutions to a client’s goals. In this example, having the window manufacturer mull the windows together for installation achieved the desired vertical impact, without the cost of industrial-grade windows. Attention to details and finishes results in a look that satisfies the client without adding cost overruns to the budget or extra lead time to the schedule.
Sustainable design solutions are not necessarily high-tech. They are appropriate solutions — customized to the site and building. This metal roof, for example, is well-suited for its rural site as it matches the commonly used industrial metal roofs found on many farm buildings. The difference here is that the roof is well insulated and the color and finish are designed to reflect heat effectively, reducing the heat load on the building sheltered below.