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We are now an Authorized Retailer for Hunter Douglas Blinds

By | June 19th, 2010|Architecture (General)|

Effective June 1, 2010 Hunter Douglas, America's largest manufacturer of custom made window coverings, stopped selling their products through online retailers. So when a client [...]

Cooper at Work

By | May 8th, 2010|Architecture (General), Awards and Publications|

I was recently talking to a client of mine and she mentioned that my dog, Cooper, is on Angie's List.  I had submitted a photo [...]

Living Montessori Academy

By | May 5th, 2010|Architecture (General)|

We've been working hard on our largest commercial project yet: a 24,323 SF tenant improvement project in Bellevue, Washington for a new Montessori school.  We're [...]

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 . | 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 [...]