Blog - Process

Then & Now #2

Shelter • March 10, 2014

Here at Shelter, we still rely on drawings to think and explore, but we now produce as many computer-based images as hand drawings.

Then & Now

Shelter • February 13, 2014

It has been fascinating to experience the evolution of even the most basic practices we rely upon every time we undertake a project . To illustrate these changes, we thought it would be interesting to take readers through the general process we use when working on a project in order to explain the way we used to work and compare that to how things are done today.

The Poetry of Great Design

Shelter • November 21, 2013

There’s a parallel between design and poetry. Design is the tangible manifestation of an idea and, like poetry, is most beautiful and successful when the idea is expressed in the simplest, most distilled manner.

How we measure a house.

Shelter • October 4, 2013

Homeowners often balk at a redesign because the project seems such a formidable prospect. Fortunately, the way we tackle a residential remodeling project follows a tried-and-true plan that makes the daunting doable.

Want to be a designer? Can you swim?

Shelter • September 26, 2013

We typically throw our new team members into the deep end of the pool with the whole group, which can be a bit intimidating…by watching and listening, and soon become bold and fearless.

Homes by Architects Tour 2013

Shelter • September 19, 2013

If you’re thinking about a project of your own, or just want to see some really cool designs, we’d love for you to stop by so we can show you around and answer your questions.

6 things to keep in mind before you start your remodel.

Shelter • September 5, 2013

Here is a list of things you should keep in mind as you begin the design process…

When should you hire an architect?

Shelter • August 30, 2013

When you’re starting a new building project, and considering hiring an architect, you might fall into a cycle of asking yourself, “Should I? Shouldn’t I?” Second guessing is easy to do when you’re facing an undertaking that promises to consume a lot of time and money. But here’s the secret formula for putting those uncertainties to rest…

Reality Check: part 2

Shelter • August 7, 2013

It’s a great option for when you don’t know where to start, but you might be wondering what exactly the process involves and how it’ll give you a better view of what’s possible.

The value of talking to an architect

Shelter • July 4, 2013

the assumption that design of a home (or any complex system) can be segregated in to separate and autonomous skills was a fatal misstep.