Inspiration & Design

By |2020-05-12T13:49:59-05:00December 17th, 2014|Inspiration, The Design Process|

I have received a few requests to elaborate on the design process I went through when I came up with the design (image below) for a ski design contest.  By the way, this contest is still ongoing as of December 17th.....find it here and vote for my design!  Really, the design process I follow is [...]

Design Contests

By |2020-05-12T13:50:38-05:00December 10th, 2014|Fun for Architects, Inspiration, The Design Process|

Quite often Architects enter design contests of all kinds.  Sometimes (in regards to architecture) patrons or corporations hold an open-invite competition to solicit ideas and find a talented pool of Architects for their upcoming project.  Or sometimes the group holding the competition invites a few select firms to compete for a commission.  But what ever [...]

Poor Construction Bugs Me!

By |2020-05-12T13:51:15-05:00December 8th, 2014|Architecture, Buildings, Hiring an Architect|

Part of an Architect's Scope of Services usually includes Construction Administration, which is the monitoring activities and question-and-answer sessions while a project is being built by the general contractor (the builder).  The owners who will move into the project are seeing their house/building/hotel etc. rise up and it is usually an exciting time for them.  For [...]

Christmas for an Architect

By |2020-05-12T13:52:05-05:00December 2nd, 2014|Architecture, Fun for Architects, Inspiration, New Products|

It's officially December 2014, and the Christmas/holiday season has long been underway.   That means it can only be a short time until people everywhere start to buy up gifts for children, friends and more.  Don't forget your Architect and Architect friends!! The all-too-early start to the holiday season and part of the Thomas Heatherwick Studios exhibit [...]

Because I’m All About That Base!

By |2020-05-12T13:53:16-05:00November 24th, 2014|Architecture, The Design Process|

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head (thanks, radio DJ) and it turned out to be an idea for your next blog post? Me neither until the other day. Modern architecture is about clean, crisp detailing and that includes things like the wall base. What is a wall base you ask? It [...]

Renovation Upgrades and your Homeowners Insurance

By |2020-05-12T13:53:48-05:00November 19th, 2014|Upgrades|

My recent post regarding the addition of photovoltaic panels to my roof kicked off a thought in my head (or actually a comment from my dear mother started this thought train) - if you undertake a serious upgrade around your home, are you covered when it comes to your homeowners insurance policy? I didn't immediately [...]

Recap: AIA Dallas Modern Home Tour ’14

By |2020-05-12T13:55:06-05:00November 3rd, 2014|Home Tour, Inspiration, The Design Process|

Post feature image credits:  Design by Todd Hamilton, AIA; Photography by Craig Kuhner That's a wrap!  If you missed the 2014 home tour put on by AIA Dallas you missed out.  It was a chance to see 9 unique projects by a variety of local architects, and also see the quality of construction put into [...]

Hurry! Dallas AIA Modern Home Tour is this Weekend

By |2020-05-12T13:55:38-05:00October 30th, 2014|Architecture, Home Tour, Inspiration|

Just a reminder that this coming weekend (November 1-2) is the 2014 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes. This year looks to be a good collection of homes - 9 in all - to see and the weather forecast looks great. I'm looking forward to comparing the houses to the homes I saw a few months ago [...]

Solar Power for The Home

By |2020-05-12T13:56:16-05:00October 28th, 2014|New Products, Upgrades|

What would it take cut my utility bill and go green by adding some solar panels to my house? And can I afford to do it? It turns out that understanding the move to solar power requires: An internet connection for research A bunch of previous utility bills for comparison At least a few phone calls A couple [...]

Avoid Building and Design Issues during Your Project

By |2020-05-12T13:57:44-05:00October 17th, 2014|Contracts, Hiring an Architect, The Design Process|

I thought I'd devote this post as the first of a series to talk about the Client-Architect agreement after hearing about a situation that has come up from a friend of a friend. But before I dive on in let me clarify a) I don't know the whole story, b) I've not met the parties [...]

Mitigate Potential Storm Damage to your Home

By |2020-05-12T13:58:43-05:00October 7th, 2014|Architecture, New Products, Upgrades|

Last Thursday afternoon (Oct. 2, 2014) a large and powerful storm swept through the Dallas metro area.  Straight-line winds up to reported gusts of 90-mph did considerable damage around the area, and dealt a heavy blow to the power lines and trees all across the area.  My home was without power for over 2 days, [...]

Glass Roofing Tiles

By |2020-05-12T13:59:14-05:00September 30th, 2014|New Products, Upgrades|

I saw this new product featured in one of the architecture newsletters I receive and thought....hmmm interesting.  While concrete or clay roofing tiles aren't new products, and aren't thought of as particularly modern in design by many people, these glass tiles could be a bit of a game changer.  For one, when combined with a [...]

Quality of Home Builders – The Devil is in the Details

By |2020-05-12T14:01:10-05:00September 24th, 2014|Architecture, Hiring an Architect, Home Tour, The Design Process|

Dallas: 8   Houston: 5 I'm always on the lookout for good residential contractors.  As an Architect, knowing who to call and who to count on to successfully build a modern project is paramount.  I recently posted about a trip to Houston for a modern home tour (see coverage here).  I guess that many of the tour participants [...]

Modern Home Tours – Houston 2014

By |2020-05-12T14:01:49-05:00September 22nd, 2014|Architecture, Buildings, Home Tour, Inspiration|

I drove down to Houston this past weekend for the Houston Modern Home Tour (tour information & website here).  I've gone on a number of home tours in Dallas and always enjoy the experience.  Speaking of, the Dallas AIA's Tour of Homes is coming up November 1st and 2nd.  Don't miss it! Photograph: Benjamin Hill [...]

Hello All!

By |2020-05-12T14:02:25-05:00August 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Happy Wednesday everyone.  Just thought we'd say a random hello from the design community! ____________________________ This post was originally written before re-branding as Eckxstudio for Modern Architecture at the end of 2017. At Eckxstudio for Modern Architecture, we design unique and stunning projects, individually crafted for our clients' lives. We're passionate about listening to your [...]

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