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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...

Architectural Style

Architectural Style There are so many styles to every design profession. Architectural Style is no exception and there are so many little things that make a difference. Medium Writing tool, computers, models, papers....etc. Each of those can also be broken down into a...

Kilbourne – Friday Floorplan

As you can tell by now I love looking at old floorplans. I have been working on a house this week that is Craftsman style and was looking through pictures of craftsman style homes. I love the little intricacies that were placed on older homes that add so much...

Dear Future Architect

Dear Greg, This is a letter from your future self. You are just starting your education at this point and as you move forward with it, I want you to consider a few of the following thoughts. This is really just to help you gain a better sense of your chosen profession...

Number 20- Friday Floorplan

It is once again time for Floorplan Friday. Today we are featuring one of our own projects which we think is pretty great and we are hopeful that you will agree. This shows the work in progress. However, you can also have a look at it here. If you are interested in...

Friday Floorplan Mixup

I honestly have to say that sometimes I really struggle to come up with a floorplan that I like enough to share. Many of the ones that I work on I can't share but I did want to profile a little piece of technology today....

Tools…

This is kind of a broad topic but an important one, especially if you want to understand how I work as an architect. Most people don’t really know what architects do which isn’t all that surprising. There is not a great of a chance that you know one. Or maybe you do,...

Learning From Builders

As an architect and REALTOR I read a lot of different content related to both industries. Sometimes that gives me some insight into the other industry altogether. This is on one of those cases. In a recent poll among builders they were asked which features they would...

Friday Floorplan The Gamble House

This home was designed in 1908 by Greene & Greene Architects for a winter residence of David and Mary Gamble. It is one of the most detailed homes you will ever find. You couldn’t build this same home today with these finishes. The house utilizes a large variety...

Friday Floorplan Hajdo House

Its really hard to as an architect to not come out so visually oriented. Looking at most of my posts over the past year and likely todays post as well is more picture then it is words. This home is pretty sweet. The mixture of wood and stone alone make it a great...

Idaho Falls Snow Loads

It’s true that it does sometimes snow here in Idaho. And perhaps more than that it blows- which causes drifting. This can create uneven loads on our buildings. Whether you’re looking to design, or buy a new home watch out for things that may cause drifting which could...

Loft Style

I can't help but be awe inspired when I walk through IKEA's demo apartments whenever I get over to them. I love the idea of utlizing great design to overcome small space. Today's floorplan is one such inspired design. This loft style apartment was designed by Yulia...

How much does it cost to build?

Cost to build (click this link to follow along with this article cost-to-build) Surprise! It costs money to build, thats probably not really a surprise but it probably costs more than you think it does. There are a lot of different cost and expenses that are involved...