Welcome to Sage Leaf Group Blog

Where you can get the latest scoop on whats going on in the building and real estate industry

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,...

Idaho Falls May Homeowners Checklist

With summer approaching theres alot of work to do to get our homes looking good. Generally when we read lists like this it isn't applicable because our weather is so much different than other areas but this one actually does work for the Idaho Falls area. To-Dos: Your...

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...

Zillows Video Listing Feature

Last week (February 16, 2016) Zillow went ahead and added a little feature for us REALTOR’s® to add a video feature to our listings with Zillow. It’s a maximum of 2 minutes long and we have to use Zillows app on our phones to create the videos but despite its flaws...

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...

Making Offers on Investment Property

For those of you who are looking at investment property this article from Bigger Pockets has some good information on how to approach the offer table. The summary version is as follows: Get to know them on the phone Get to know them in person and thoroughly inspect...

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....

​Breakeven Point- Idaho Falls Real Estate

This is an important number. When you buy a house there are a lot of upfront costs with the closing. However, if you were looking at renting the same home it would be more expensive on a monthly basis but without the upfront cost- although there is usually a security...

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,...