Monthly Archives: January 2010

Design Forecast for 2010: Color!

Posted on January 30th, 2010 by

The votes are in: Color wins! We are thrilled that design industry experts have predicted a return to color in 2010, according to “Color Your World,” an article in the January issue of Kansas City Homes & Gardens.

Trend palette ‘Zest’ by PPG Pittsburgh Paints

Trend palette ‘Zest’ by PPG Pittsburgh Paints

“The 2010 color forecast is about simplifying our complex lives, embracing what is important to us and rediscovering our roots as well as the roots of age-old cultures to look for inspiration to move forward,” explains Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, in the article.

Cedar Green By Benjamin Moore

Cedar Green By Benjamin Moore

What colors will you embrace and introduce into your home this year?

Green-Tech Experts: Energy Efficiency to Shine in 2010

Posted on January 27th, 2010 by

Green-tech experts are predicting a banner year for energy efficiency, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News,  and Design Build Team is proud to be a part of the movement towards sustainability in home design and construction.

(For those who missed our previous blog post, “Smart Building,” check out a green-building initiative we’re  proud to be a part of, Green Generation Homes modular construction.)

The article states that “home energy use accounts for 21 percent of the nation’s carbon footprint, a number that’s “twice the carbon emissions of passenger cars.”

It wasn’t long ago that President Obama proclaimed insulation “sexy,” but it’s our job to translate that message into action by making your home energy efficient enough to make the “green” saved (both in your pocketbook and the environment) seem sexy.

There are 100 million homes in America, and energy-saving measures like insulation, caulking, and heating and cooling system ugrades can reduce household energy consumption by 10 percent to 40 percent,” according to a memo by the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

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So let Design Build Team make 2010 a banner year for energy efficiency in your home!

Why Architecture Matters

Posted on January 26th, 2010 by

The Washington Post recently ran a review of “Why Architecture Matters,” a book by Paul Goldberger, a longtime public critic of architecture. In the book, Goldberger explores how the best architecture expresses the “human aspiration that makes us want to connect to what has come before, to make of it something different and our own, and to speak to those who will follow us.”

One of the reviewer’s most poignant remarks we had to share with you:

“How do we maintain the architectural values of community against the forces of sprawl, privatization, real estate speculation and, now, digital networking, which is replacing physical encounters in real space with electronic encounters in cyberspace? Goldberger does not prescribe solutions but argues passionately that architecture must continue to define our place in the world in a way that ‘startles us and comforts us at the same time.'”

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Great inspiration for us here at Design Build Team. What inspires you? Read more of the review.