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Closed vs. Open Plans – Which Layout is Best?

In recent years, the major discussion in house layout has been a debate between open and closed floor plans. Some homeowners want a large area to entertain without the obstruction of walls or doorways. Others see the value of walls in dividing a space a defining a...

West Yard Farm – Friday Floorplan

  This home and its floorplan instantly caught my eye. I generally lean toward modern design with its straight lines and sharp angles highlighting exposed structural elements. I can appreciate more “classic” styles, from Rococo to Craftsman, but I LOVE modern...

Design Features for Cold Climates

In the middle of summer it’s difficult to think about the cold winter conditions that are just around the corner. Even though the last thing we want to think about while planning summer barbecues and vacations is winterizing our homes, this may be the best time to do...

A Breakdown of Roof Styles and Materials

Roofs are constantly working for the structures that they sit atop.  They offer protection for the structure from the elements as well as the occupants inside. Roofs are also ventilating and insulating the buildings in which we live. On top of all this, roofs add a...

What is the Building Permit Process?

What does the permit process look like? What are building permits and why are they required? Let's take a closer look. A building permit is a required document that must be issued before construction begins on a project. Different jurisdictions have different...

House Y – Friday Floorplan

This unique floorplan comes all the way from Finland. Entitled “House Y”, this modern mountain retreat is designed to be open and have access to nearly 360 degree views.   The house has three arms that form a “Y” shape, hence House Y. Each arm functions as a...

Zoning Laws and Regulations Explained

Zoning laws are a common topic of discussion. They are notoriously frustrating for landowners, but what are they? And what is important to understand about them? In short, zoning laws categorize property. The three major zoning categories are commercial, residential,...

The Rusty Lantern

The Rusty Lantern The stars aligned and I finally had an opportunity try out the Rusty Lantern in Ucon, Idaho. I had heard it recommended a few times, but because I live within 5 min of access to most of the things I need (Have I mentioned how much I love my city...

Concrete Forms

Concrete Forms The other day I was wondering about what sizes of concrete forms were available. Well if your interested, here is what I found. Heights Concrete forms come in heights of 2' - 0", 3' - 0", 4' - 0", 5' - 0", 6' - 0" and 8' - 0." This opens up a world of...

Here Comes Spring!

Here in Idaho Falls we keep getting glimpses of spring- followed by snow. A recent assessment of my yard even revealed that a few of my trees were starting to bud... and I hadn't gotten around to trimming them yet! Bad news I know, but life gets busy. Last weekend I...

Broadway Building- Friday Floorplan

This project is a bit to large scale for Idaho Falls, however, I kept coming back to it so I thought I should share it. The Broadway Building is located in Seattle WA and was designed by Studio Meng Strazzara in 2010. Its actually a mixed use building and contains...

50 Ways to Start Saving Energy Today

Whether its for the energy bill, the environment, or just to have a more comfortable home, this list will get you started on saving energy in your home today. Most of these tasks only take a few minutes so you could slowly implement them over a period of time...or you...

How to Rezone Your Property in Idaho Falls

WHY REZONE? Obtaining a rezone for a property is a useful tool in land development and neighborhood planning. Rezoning allows property owners to conduct different – more or less intensiveland uses than permitted by the current zone. The basic reason to rezoning is...

The Building Process

The Steps This is when the ground is first broken. The contractor will survey the site, and begin digging. The footing and foundation walls are then poured and the concrete cures, or hardens for a few days. At this point an inspection is made on all the concrete work...

April 2017 Market Stats

April 2017 Market Stats Have you been interested in what has been going on in the housing market lately. In most professions consumers don't really care what is happening in your business. In architecture this is the case. When people ask how business is going its...

February 2017 Market Stats

In most professions consumers don't really care what is happening in your business. In architecture this is the case. When people ask how business is going its because they care about you not the business itself. However, in real estate its quite different because...