Eco-Garage Design

By Robert Robillard

Eco-Garage Sponsored By Dwell Magazine And Lexus Image: first-prize winner -Chunsheh Teo of Ratio Architects This post shows a recent Eco-Garage design submission that architect and friend, Dan Broggi, submitted for an eco-garage sponsored contest by dwell magazine and Lexus. Click on the photos to enlarge. The design is called the “Jewelry Case Garage.” Residential…

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Tsunami-Resistant Shelter

By Robert Robillard

            First US Tsunami-Resistant Shelter A conceptual illustration of a proposed new Cannon Beach City Hall that would be elevated above all but the largest potential tsunamis and could serve as an evacuation shelter for residents who do not have time to reach higher ground. Jay Raskin, president of Ecola…

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Home Design

By Robert Robillard

Where do you get your home design ideas?   This Home Design guest post was written by my friend and architect Dan Broggi. Dan is the Director of Design at   db2ARCHitecture based out of Wakefield, Massachusetts.   While Rob recuperates from his surgery, he asked if I could write a blog post from an…

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Attic Remodeling

By Robert Robillard

Unfinished Attics A Remodeling Opportunity Need more living space or storage room? If the answer is yes, your solution may be above your head. An attic conversion can provide your home with a uniquely designed space to serve a range of functions— an extra bedroom/bath suite, guest room, office, family room, exercise room, or hobby…

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Hiring An Architect

By Robert Robillard

Do I Need to Hire an Architect? Planing a large remodeling project or renovation?    Thinking of hiring an architect? This depends on your needs and the size complexity of your intended remodeling project, there are several different options for you to explore before finalizing your plans. Attempt to define which of the following alternatives represents…

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BookShelf Nosing

By Robert Robillard

Replacing Shelf Nosing On a recent project the decorator wanted to change the existing bookshelf  nosing.   To accomplish this she simply wanted to use the existing shelves and only change out the nosing. Purpose of Shelf Nosing The old nosing was a 1 1/4″ oak band that was glued and nailed to the shelving. Adding…

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Recycled cast metal floor grilles

By Robert Robillard

I recently came across these really cool floor registers and drain grates and I felt it was a worthy product to blog about.  People don’t often think about recycled cast metal floor grilles but they are usually better built then today’s versions. The company, Iron Age Designs offers creative decorative register grates based on popular…

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How To Design A Wine Cellar

By Robert Robillard

How to Build A Wine Cellar This article will give you the essentials needed to understand and learn How To Design A Wine Cellar. When building your wine cellar, room preparation is key in controlling the environmental factors that may negatively affect the storing and aging of your wine.  A properly constructed cellar will allow…

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