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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...

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...

House or Home

When I think about the topic of “house or home,” it touches a different note for me. I was born and raised just outside of a small town in southeast Idaho. I loved my childhood- after leaving Southast Idaho for school and work, I was surprised to find I really started...

A call for Starter Homes

Its interesting to see how few homes there are in the market that are truly entry level homes. After WWII the these starter homes were 2.5 times the median income. Here in Idaho Falls that would equate to $125,000. Heres where the problems lie: Lot Prices- An average...

Restaurant Review #1

My wife and I were all dressed up last night to go out and found out the place we were headed was closed so it turned into a date night instead. I have a new architecture client and we started talking about restaurants and he made a recommendation for one I had never...

Architecture and Real Estate

How many self-employed architects does the average person know? How many self-employed REALTOR’s does the average person know? If you know about 3320 people statistically one of them is an architect (not necessarily self-employed though). Out of that same 3320 people...

Material Takeoffs!

How we get material takeoffs from drafting How would you like to have some material takeoffs like this to be included with all of your house plans? One of the big advantages that we have at Sage Leaf Group is the ability to use BIM technology. What exactly is BIM? BIM...

Floorplan Friday- New Urbanism

This is a bit of a continuation to my last topic which was on reducing cost of housing. The main take away there was that if we reduced our lot sizes, along with the size of the homes on them, we could help reduce the cost of the housing itself. The goal being to...

How much are Drafting Services?

Drafting Rates As an Architecture firm, one of the most common inquiries we receive is "How much will it cost to have custom house plans drawn up?" Many of us want to build new, but want to create something as unique as we are, and many of us also answer to a budget,...

Garden Planning

We've been in our house for just over a year now. Last year we put in a fence. Here in Idaho Falls the ground is going to be thawing soon and This year we will do a garden. Check out some of the ideas that we found on Houzz. How to Plan Your Edible...

Kindergarden- Floorplan Friday

Up until today I believe that I have only featured residential work. Interesting thing about that is that we also do commercial work here at Sage Leaf Group. This week I saw this project and wanted to profile it. This is a daycare in Finland, its approximately 10,800...

What You Should Know When You Are Building

People end up building for several reasons: Can't find a home that meets their requirements on the market. Want specific things that aren't seen in most homes such as radiant floor heat, or something custom for them. Feel like its the best investment for their money....

Friday Floorplan Worchester

Today’s Floorplan Friday features a classic brick colonial home. This colonial features simplicity in its form and material selection. It’s not grand in size but seems both modest and well proportioned. In fact, you have to go through certain rooms to get to other...