SHIFTboston Ideas Competition

By Robert Robillard

It’s not often that a carpenter gets invited to a swanky design contest by an architect. My friend and architect Dan Broggi invited me to attend tonight’s SHIFTboston’s design contest. How cool is that? The competition is an international event and has generated interest from almost all 50 states and over 90 countries; inviting design…

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Closet Design ~ Exterior Sketch View

By Robert Robillard

Let me start by saying that I don’t have many “best” friends but the one’s I have are stellar. Case in point: The other night my friend Dan Broggi and I were enjoying a cold beer at a local pub. I was telling Dan that I had just looked at a small remodeling job which…

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Decorative Columns

By Robert Robillard

Decorative Columns: Orders Of Architecture The classical orders are ancient styles of building design distinguished by their proportions and their characteristic profiles and details, but most quickly recognizable by the type of “column” and “capital” used. With decorative columns, there are five so-called classical orders, which are named Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, and Composite. Each…

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Fireplace Mantle and Flanking Bookcase

By Robert Robillard

Designing A Fireplace Mantle and Flanking Bookcase The image below is one I use to give clients ideas on bookcase and mantle design.   A fireplace mantle and flanking bookcase seems to be a popular one these days. Besides using design magazine and manufacturer catalogs this simple image spells out the following: ABOVE IMAGE – LEFT…

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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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