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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...

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...