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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,...

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...

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year! We know! Goals always come at the beginning of the year and we don't want to hear about them anymore. We are already trying to forget them and its only the tenth of January. At Sage Leaf Group we actually really love setting goals. We are not sure if...

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...

Good Eats South East Idaho: Rupes Burgers

Rupes’ Burgers My parents moved from Idaho Falls to Blackfoot a little more than ten years ago. My mom arguably makes the best breads and soups in the area, so we don’t often eat out when we go visit them. Occasionally, we will pick up pizza or burritos and even for a...

Should you Rent or Buy?

As we start a new year some of us may be asking whether we should continue to rent or buy a home. If you find yourself in this boat I can't emphasize enough how amazing this tool from the New York Times works. You go through an enter how much of a home you are...

Stairs- Friday Floorplan

Is it okay that I am coveting these stairs? In reality I'm only profiling the house because of the stairs which is crazy. Generally, I view stairs as a necessary evil because they use a lot of space. In this case the stairway is an extremely functional room where I...