Blog - homes

Bathroom remodels: Are you flushing money down the toilet?

Shelter • December 18, 2013

The first thing to understand about bathrooms is that there are some very specific minimum dimensions required by building codes. Shower sizes, the space in front and to the sides of sinks and toilets, and electrical outlet locations all have specifications that must be met.

The Envelope Please

Shelter • November 27, 2013

Here in the northern climate, where Midwest winters seem to last eight months, holding the cold at bay is an integral part of the design criteria we work to satisfy.

Air quality in architecture

Shelter • November 19, 2013

Indoor air quality isn’t so much ignored as it’s overlooked; and it shouldn’t be. Studies performed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board in recent years have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Our most referenced residential project

Shelter • October 11, 2013

Birds in the walls, poor insulation, and stairs that didn’t meet code were only the tip of the iceberg when confronting the problems that troubled this home.

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.

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.

Stairs – the things you may not know

Shelter • September 8, 2013

A staircase can be created in a way that highlights your aesthetic preferences and serves as a focal point in your home.

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…

It’s Personal

Shelter • August 23, 2013

Our goal is to personalize architecture and interior design, to make it human, and above all, to make it yours.