Living Through a Renovation Project

By |2020-05-12T13:36:20-05:00May 12th, 2015|Architecture, Upgrades|

I thought I'd dedicate this post to the heroes that live through a major home renovation project like completely remodeling the kitchen or a bathroom/bedroom/living room renovation.  Why, you ask?  Because it isn't easy.  The phrase "Man, I tell you what..." comes to mind. And I'll tell you what - as in what it's like, [...]

Architecture-Inspired Gifts

By |2020-05-12T13:36:57-05:00April 21st, 2015|Fun for Architects, Inspiration|

Some say modernism is dead.  I say never!  It's a classic style that allows so much creative freedom, and the spaces and objects created with modern emphasis are all around us.  And the object doesn't have to be a Corbusier chair or Barcelona lounge to qualify as inspired modernism.  I found these desk planters interesting [...]

Decking Ideas

By |2020-05-12T13:37:31-05:00April 14th, 2015|Architecture, New Products, Upgrades|

I've recently been searching for options for exterior deck material and was curious to see how products compare to one another.  There are value options available everywhere, but you have to temper your expectations when going the value route - often those products require more maintenance than more robust (read: costlier) products and generally fail [...]

Competition Winners

By |2020-05-12T13:38:13-05:00March 25th, 2015|Competitions, Fun for Architects|

The 2015 Dallas AIA 10 Under 10 Competition is all wrapped up, and the winning entries will be on display Thursday March 26th at the Young Architect's Forum event at Bryan Street Tavern.  Event details may be found here.  Eckxstudio architect and owner Dan Eckelkamp, AIA was among the architectural competition winners - see our winning [...]

Interesting Housing!

By |2020-05-12T13:38:40-05:00March 23rd, 2015|Buildings, Fun for Architects|

I was on vacation last week in Colorado, and walked right by this building several times one evening - it's the town of Avon's City Market (grocery store).  I remarked to my wife something like "hey, these two towers seem out of place.  It's a grocery store and you usually don't see architectural embellishment on [...]

Seismic Coffee Table – Part 3

By |2020-05-12T13:39:17-05:00March 12th, 2015|Custom Furniture, New Products, The Design Process|

The modern Seismic/Coffee\Table is coming along well.  If you've just joined us, the earlier posts for the coffee table design and the beginning of fabrication can be reviewed for reference and catch-up.  Most of the piece-by-piece cutting is complete and I'll begin assembly of each of the coffee table segments, then show a few images [...]

Modern Residence for Sale

By |2020-05-12T13:40:09-05:00March 2nd, 2015|Architecture, Buildings, Custom Furniture|

Check this out:  The largest house I've ever worked on to date is back on the real estate market.  My wife and I saw this announcement just this past week in the Dallas cultural e-mails.  This over-14,000sf modern residence has been on the market once before, and the new listing has some good photos to [...]

10 Under 10 Winner!

By |2020-05-12T13:40:47-05:00February 20th, 2015|Architecture, Competitions, Fun for Architects|

I entered the 2015 AIA Dallas' 10 Under 10 competition and found out this week I was selected as one of the winners!  The competition is hosted by the AIA Dallas Young Architects Forum (YAF) for architects licensed 10 years or less.  I'm happy to have been selected as one of the winners, and am [...]

Seismic Coffee Table – Part 2

By |2020-05-12T13:41:53-05:00February 11th, 2015|Architecture, Custom Furniture, The Design Process|

I wrapped up Design Development on the Seismic/Coffee\Table and through discussions with the clients ended up modifying the wood coffee table design just a bit to suit the clients' needs.  The previous post "Modern Coffee Table" examined my design origins and presented two options - one in aluminum and the other in wood.  You can see that [...]

2015 Austin Modern Home Tour Visit

By |2020-05-12T13:42:33-05:00February 9th, 2015|Architecture, Fun for Architects, Home Tour, Inspiration|

This past weekend I attended the 2015 Austin Modern Home Tour.  The weather couldn't have been better for early February and I toured many of the available houses with family and some enthusiastic friends.  Note - if you're going to go on a home tour and haven't done so before, allow me to give you [...]

Modern Coffee Table

By |2020-05-12T13:43:29-05:00February 5th, 2015|Architecture, Inspiration, New Products, The Design Process|

I was recently commissioned to design and build a unique, modern coffee table for a husband & wife client.  They searched the internet and local furniture showrooms without finding something that speaks to their tastes and space, and we randomly struck up a conversation about how it can be difficult to find the ideal piece. [...]

New Sleek and Modern Bike Rack

By |2020-05-12T13:47:29-05:00January 21st, 2015|New Products, Upgrades|

New Product / Idea Alert! Tired of bicycles being locked to posts or trees on your property? Yeah I kind of thought so.  I recently saw this low-profile rack in an advertisement.  Great design, stays out of the way when not needed, and isn't an eyesore somewhere on your property.  But I'm guessing it's a [...]

Dallas has a Holocaust Museum?

By |2020-05-12T13:48:01-05:00January 19th, 2015|Architecture, Buildings|

Dallas has a Holocaust Museum? And maybe the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education & Tolerance is planning a new home? Dallas' Holocaust Museum was founded in 1984....certainly a fact that has escaped me throughout my 35-plus-something years of living in the DFW metroplex.  Now recently spied by some of the architecture communications I receive, and [...]

New Doorbell…and Camera!

By |2020-05-12T13:48:38-05:00January 12th, 2015|New Products, Upgrades|

Check out this new doorbell (smartphone-inspired and connected) from German company DoorBird ( - I believe it just debuted at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  While its looks are certainly inspired from a certain smartphone (I have one sitting on my desk right now, beeping at me as I have a [...]

Happy Holidays!

By |2020-05-12T13:49:16-05:00December 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|

We wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thank you to all of our clients, friends, family and business partners for making Eckxstudio's first year a great start.  Here's to 2014 as we look forward to 2015! ____________________________ This post was originally written before re-branding as Eckxstudio for Modern Architecture at [...]

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