Trends : 2017 and the Future

2017!! 2017 is one month old and I just realized I haven't posted since last year, so I thought I'd start off 2017 by walking you through various design trends and some predictions of what the architectural design-scape may look like in the not-so-distant future. First up for trends: the color of 2017.  I know [...]

By |2020-05-12T14:30:47-05:00January 31st, 2017|Architecture, Inspiration, Upgrades|0 Comments

Solar – Version 2.0

For a few decades now, going green to harness the power of the sun for your home's electricity needs has meant adding solar panels to the roof or some other sun-drenched place on your property.  We'll call that Solar 1.0.  Some designs I am aware of (mostly outside of Texas) have turned the solar panels vertical [...]

By |2020-05-12T14:31:31-05:00November 7th, 2016|Architecture, New Products, Upgrades|0 Comments

New [Modern] Design Update

Every architect knows that design is sometimes fluid, sometimes not so flexible.  Some architects have been known to "put their foot down" on a variety of issues when faced with a potential design change whether the change is requested by the client or suggested by someone such as the builder.  There may be good reasons [...]

By |2020-05-12T14:33:33-05:00April 24th, 2016|Architecture, The Design Process, Upgrades|0 Comments

It’s a Snap!

It's a snap!  That's what they say anyway.  And I pretty much believe them too. They = SnapPower What = Snap Power's newish electrical receptacle cover plates that transform any outlet into a night light without reducing the number of outlets available for your use. I say newish because according to the company the product [...]

By |2020-05-12T14:34:05-05:00February 23rd, 2016|New Products, Upgrades|0 Comments

Living Through a Renovation Project

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, [...]

By |2020-05-12T13:36:20-05:00May 12th, 2015|Architecture, Upgrades|0 Comments

Decking Ideas

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 [...]

By |2020-05-12T13:37:31-05:00April 14th, 2015|Architecture, New Products, Upgrades|0 Comments

New Sleek and Modern Bike Rack

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 [...]

By |2020-05-12T13:47:29-05:00January 21st, 2015|New Products, Upgrades|0 Comments

New Doorbell…and Camera!

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 [...]

By |2020-05-12T13:48:38-05:00January 12th, 2015|New Products, Upgrades|0 Comments

Renovation Upgrades and your Homeowners Insurance

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 [...]

By |2020-05-12T13:53:48-05:00November 19th, 2014|Upgrades|0 Comments

Solar Power for The Home

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 [...]

By |2020-05-12T13:56:16-05:00October 28th, 2014|New Products, Upgrades|0 Comments

Mitigate Potential Storm Damage to your Home

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, [...]

By |2020-05-12T13:58:43-05:00October 7th, 2014|Architecture, New Products, Upgrades|0 Comments

Glass Roofing Tiles

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 [...]

By |2020-05-12T13:59:14-05:00September 30th, 2014|New Products, Upgrades|0 Comments

The Great Wall of Wine

If you are a wine connoisseur or appreciate good wine and you are without a place to house or display all your prized bottles, look no further than your next remodel project.  Wine storage can run the gamut from a few bottles in your regular refrigerator to a feature display wall in your dining room to off-site [...]

By |2020-05-12T14:05:44-05:00August 4th, 2014|Architecture, Inspiration, Upgrades|0 Comments
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