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Residential Fire Sprinklers Requirements 2011

By | February 17th, 2010|Architecture (General)|

It looks like the 2009 IRC will be requiring residential fire sprinkler systems but the requirement won't likely go into effect until 2011. This is [...]

Take a Risk with your Bathroom Tile

By | February 7th, 2010|Architecture (General), Building Materials, Interiors|

When choosing tile for the bathroom I find that many people are so afraid to make a mistake they end up settling on basic white.  [...]

Hot Colors for 2010

By | February 1st, 2010|Architecture (General), Choosing Colors, Interiors|

The hot color for 2010 is supposed to turquoise, according to Pantone http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/index.aspx . | But I would say the colors I'm seeing that you [...]

Reducing Sound Transmission through Floors

By | January 22nd, 2010|Architecture (General), Building Construction|

The two best things to reduce sound transmission are to add mass to the floor assembly (be sure floor can hold additional weight though), and [...]

Grout Colors for Pebble Stone Tiles

By | January 21st, 2010|Architecture (General), Building Materials, Interiors|

My friend and contractor Rod McLamb at Spyglass Building Company and I have been discussing pebble stone tiles from Costco, which run about half the [...]

New Motionspace Website and Blog

By | January 18th, 2010|Architecture (General), Design|

I launched the first Motionspace website in early 2006, and I've been adding new content to it ever since. Over the years, it got to [...]

Modern Freestanding Bathtub

By | January 16th, 2010|Architecture (General)|

I'm always on the lookout for a good looking freestanding tub that the average client can actually afford.  If you've ever considered a freestanding tub [...]

To Bid or Not to Bid

By | December 31st, 2009|Architecture (General), Building Construction|

I am often asked the question of whether a time and material contract is better than a fixed price bid (and using a fixed price [...]

Green Design

By | December 31st, 2009|Architecture (General), Green Design|

Green design is not just something you do because it's hip or the 'in thing to do'. It's something we do because it's the right [...]

Home Maintenance and Improvement

By | December 20th, 2009|Home Maintenance|

A home is many things: shelter, a place to create family memories, a comfort zone, an investment. Regardless of the reasons for owning a home, [...]