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Green blogging from 2007

Shelter • November 17, 2011

Back in February of 2007 most design firms were just starting to notice the importance of sustainable design. Here at Shelter we were already years into our commitment to find new ways of designing sustainably. We were already underway designing Minnesota’s first LEED-H Platinum home. We recently stumbled upon this old blog post we wrote in 2007.

We thought it would be worth re-posting. Most of it still holds up but our views have evolved on some of the points. Give it a read and let us know how you think the “green movement” has changed in the last 4-5 years. Enjoy!

Design considerations for LEED-H

Shelter • November 10, 2011

On October 13th Shelter’s own John Barbour presented the closing keynote lecture at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) South Dakota Convention. John compared the…

The Secret Room

Shelter • October 7, 2011

Fun and glamour are the key words inspiring this dressing room with its secret lingerie room. This young couple was born a decade or two late with their 1950’s cocktail attitude and wanted a place in their home where they could get ready for their days and nights in style.

Architecture of Pleasure: Design for Play

Shelter • September 29, 2011

Play is such an important part of our lives, and the design of our spaces can help to encourage and enhance those moments of play. Color outside the lines and follow along.

The Pattern Home

Shelter • August 26, 2011

Shelter worked to celebrate the historic details of the old house without limiting the modern goals of the client. By abstracting the pattern of original brick, the firm was able to create a graphically-rich skin that allows for flexible window placement, frames unique views of the surrounding urban landscape, and provides wall space for art.

Organize for Life: Modern Methods

Shelter • August 11, 2011

Back To School time is right around the corner, and it’s always a good time to get you and your kids organized. Anyone with a busy lifestyle will benefit from the ideas and tips presented here.

The Tiles That Bind

Shelter • July 28, 2011

After adopting two young girls from Ethiopia and Colombia, this St Paul family of six (two boys, two girls, mom & dad) now needed a family bath to accommodate them.