Trending Materials: Hot Rolled Steel

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Case Studies / Commentary / Design Principles / Materials / Tips and Advice   /   Date: Jun 02, 2017
Sopris & Blanca Microcabin completed as part of the Colorado Building Workshop Design Build certificate at the University of Colorado Denver.

Contemporary design often celebrates the “honesty” of materials; leaving elements exposed or in their most raw state to capture the essence of that material, while simultaneously depending on the materials’ intrinsic quality and durability to last well into the future. Hot rolled steel is a.    Read more »

The truth behind Cost vs. Return

Posted by: Tessa  /   Category: Residential Architecture / Tips and Advice   /   Date: Nov 12, 2014

Recouping your remodeling investment may be your goal when you sell your house. But when it comes to resale value, all home improvements are not created equal. As a rule, kitchen remodeling projects and bathroom additions almost always pay back 90 percent or more of.    Read more »

Fanas Architecture designs and details kitchens.

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Boulder Work / Current Work / Residential Architecture / Tips and Advice   /   Date: May 14, 2014

Fanas Architecture designs and details kitchens. As an architectural firm we are typically associated with the “sticks and bricks” of a building, however recently we have been fortunate enough to have been hired to design and remodel some exciting kitchens for several different clients. Kitchens are the.    Read more »

City of Boulder Adopts New Codes

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Boulder Work / Tips and Advice / Uncategorized   /   Date: Feb 19, 2014

For all of us who work in the design and building industry here in Boulder, we know that staying on top of the current City codes and regulations is not only imperative, but sometimes confusing. The City of Boulder continues to adopt new codes for both.    Read more »

Storage Woes

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Feb 04, 2014

After the holidays are over and it’s finally time to put all of the decorations away, you can sometimes find yourself wondering where all of the space you had for storage went. The boxes you took out, now mysteriously don’t fit back into.    Read more »

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Jan 08, 2014

The chill of winter has officially set in. Colorado saw multiple negative temperature days in December and it hasn’t warmed up a whole lot since. While the necessities of life like work and errands require us to still leave the house when it’s bone.    Read more »

Working From Home

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Dec 17, 2013

The idea of working from home has been a dream for many, but until recently, it was difficult for the majority of industries. With the technological advances of the past 5-10 years, more and more people are realizing that dream. However, with that dream.    Read more »

‘Tis the season

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Nov 22, 2013

‘Tis the season for family, friends, and a lot of good food. Having the right kitchen layout during the holidays can make life a little less stressful when cooking for a crowd. So if you’re considering a kitchen remodel, take some time to evaluate.    Read more »

10 upscale features to consider adding to your home

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Nov 07, 2013

Building a custom home or remodeling a current home both require extensive consideration of not only what will serve well for the family living there, but also what is going to be desired by the next family. “The typical buyer of a single-family home.    Read more »

Winter Is In The Air

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Oct 15, 2013

As the weather gets progressively cooler and there’s a bit of a bite in the air, you may find yourself beginning to turn that temperature dial up in your home.  Of course as that dial goes up, so does your heating bill. There are.    Read more »

Transforming Your Attic

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Sep 11, 2013

A custom home build is the dream of many, but is the reality for very few. Even an addition to an existing home can be a large undertaking for those looking to add space. So what happens if neither of those are.    Read more »

The 5 Biggest Challenges To Building A Custom Home

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Aug 09, 2013

The idea of building a custom home can seem very glamorous. Being able to build your home just the way you want is something that few experience in their lifetime. However, this experience doesn’t come without challenges. Here are the five biggest challenges we see.    Read more »

The Perfect Home?

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Boulder Work / Tips and Advice   /   Date: Jun 21, 2013

Boulder, Colorado is known for being very restrictive on housing in an effort to control growth and while it can be frustrating during the home buying process, it’s one of the things that makes Boulder such a great place to live. For anyone who.    Read more »

Bang For Your Buck

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Jun 13, 2013

We've talked a lot about large scale home remodels and new home builds lately, but what if you aren't looking for a big budget project? A lot of people just want to spruce up the house and get it in shape to sell, especially.    Read more »

Why Do I Need An Architect?

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Boulder Work / Tips and Advice   /   Date: May 29, 2013

Taking on the task of overseeing a home build or remodel can be extremely overwhelming. Trying to plan out the vision of the house can be time consuming enough, but when it actually comes time to work with contractors, well that can end up.    Read more »

Creative Kids Rooms

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Case Studies / Tips and Advice   /   Date: May 14, 2013
Creative Kids Room

Gone are the days of boring kids’ rooms with just a twin bed and a desk. Feel free to get creative and incorporate some new ideas and features that your kids will love! Creating an environment where your child’s imagination can run wild will.    Read more »

New House – Old Furniture?

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Feb 25, 2013

So the remodel, addition, or brand new home is complete.  Hooray!  After months of living with drywall dust, plastic tents, and strange men in overalls inhabiting your space, you are ready to move in and become king/queen of your castle.  But alas!  Compared with the.    Read more »

Architectural Fees – What to Expect?

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Jan 25, 2013

How do architects determine their fees? This is a question we are asked frequently and on the surface, this seems like a very straightforward question. There are however, several different methods architects use for determining their fees which can be confusing when trying to compare "apples.    Read more »

What is a “Permit Set” of drawings?

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Current Work / Tips and Advice   /   Date: Jan 09, 2013

We often have clients ask us the difference between a "builder's set" or permit set of drawings and full architectural construction documents. Technically speaking, the permit set of construction drawings is just that: the minimal set of drawings and information that the local jurisdiction (the entity.    Read more »

‘Home’ for the Holidays

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Nov 26, 2012

With the Holiday season officially upon us, home decorating begins for many in full force.  Though it can sometimes seem like an arduous task; digging out the decorations, untangling the lights, hanging the wreath, it can also be a time for inspiration and revitalization in the.    Read more »

The Architectural Philosophy of Disney

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Nov 16, 2012

I just got back from a trip to Disney World in Florida.  As an architect, I enjoy exploring and scrutinizing the architecture throughout the parks; both the theme parks as well as the hotels, restaurants, etc.  It goes without saying that the attention to detail is unmatched,.    Read more »

Find your “one” thing!!

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Tips and Advice   /   Date: Oct 17, 2012

Ok, so have you seen the Kohler commercial where the couple arrives at the architect's office (very high-end and sleek), sits down across the executive desk, the woman pulls a Kohler faucet out of her purse and asks the architect if he can design their.    Read more »