Monthly Archives: January 2011

New Green Products Unveiled at 2011 IBS

Posted on January 31st, 2011 by

A few weeks ago the 2011 NAHB International Builder’s Show, the building industry’s largest trade show, took place in Orlando, Fl.  The show drew in more than 47,000 of the industry’s professionals who gathered to view the latest products and technology, network and attend educational sessions. Since the show concluded there is has been a much buzz about the eco-friendly products that were on exhibit for green-built homes. We would like to share a few of those items that were compiled by Residential Architect. A few of the new green products that made their debut at the 2011 IBS include:

  1. Lahara Faucet with touch technologyLahara Faucet
  2. Tamko Solar Attic VentTamko Solar attic vent
  3. NuTone LunAura BathFanNuTone LunAura BathFan
  4. Owens Corning EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas with PureFiberOwens Corning EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas with PureFiber
  5. Rheem Prestige Series Condensing Tankless Water HeatersRheem Prestige Series Condensing Tankless Water Heaters

Ready to begin discussing your plan for a Green Generation Home? Contact Design Build Team today!

For more information on these green products, along with others visit Residential Architect.

The Principles of Universal Design

Posted on January 26th, 2011 by

universal designEarlier this week we began our series Why Hire and Architect, and our first reason why you should hire an architect is because architects can help you develop a Universal Design throughout your home. Universal Design is a process in which environments are created that are capable of being used by people of all ages and abilities to the widest extent, without needing special adaptions or additional designs. The special design process is composed of seven principles that serve as a guide during a new home design process, or as a reference in remodels. The principles of Universal Design include:

  1. Equitable use- the design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
  2. Flexibility in use- the design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
  3. Simple and Intuitive Use- use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
  4. Perceptible Information- he design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.
  5. Tolerance for Error- the design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidents.
  6. Low Physical effort- the design can be used efficiently, comfortably and with minimum ease.
  7. Size and Space for Approach and Use- the correct size and space are provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of users body size, posture or mobility.
  8. Principles found on The Center for Universal Design

Would you like for your home to feature a Universal Design? Call Design Build Team today to discuss the options of your distinctive space with the architect on our team!


Posted on January 24th, 2011 by

An architect can meet a client’s needs today, in the future, and for the unexpected. Some projects have many tough problems to solve in limited space and perhaps within a limited budget. There are usually several possible solutions to each problem and usually several more problems that weren’t ever thought of. An architect can not only help you to identify these future concerns, but can also provide various possibilities specific to you and your family.

Long range planning may also come into play. Some families want to be able to expand their home in the future. Others may have aging parents to care for, and others still may want the option to age in place. All of these future plans need to be considered at the beginning so that a seamless integration can be made when the time comes.

With all of the various questions facing you and your family, today and tomorrow, building a home can be a frustrating proposition often resulting in negative compromise. A skilled, professional architect can guide you through this process. They have helped many clients in the past to identify and solve similar issues, and can provide the good kind of compromises in which everyone wins. We believe a home should fulfill your needs for today, but adapt gracefully as you grow.