• What is the connection between Architects, Chefs and Sailors?

    I find myself pondering a question from time to time…What is the connection between Architects, Chefs, and sailors? I’m an architect by profession, but great design, sailing and cooking fantastic meals are some strong passions of mine. I see design and art in everything I do. A few months ago I wrote an article on Get Wet Sailing about Architect, Sailors and Chefs-what’s the connection? I want to open up the discussion and see if anyone else here shares these same passions with me.   1. Architects and Sailors The similarities between these in some respects are quite obvious. Both are mathematical. Both deal with angles. The angle of a…

  • How to measure a house with a laser measure.

    How to Measure a House

    When I first became an architect, I had a crash course in how to measure a house. It’s true, my learning curve wasn’t as steep as interpreting the 2015 Code Book. After thirty years of measuring houses and buildings there are three tips that I have created to measure a house that make it a more enjoyable and efficent experience. Be Accurate It’s tempting to want to skip tight corners and a small level change in the celing or floor. After years of measuring, or just living life it’s easy to guess how long an inch or a foot is. Don’t Guess! It does take more time to accurately measure…

  • Updating Your Curb Appeal

    I don’t often write about landscaping, but I sincerely feel that it is a big part of your home’s design. If you haven’t thought about updating your curb appeal lately, then I encourage you do so now. Go out in front of your house, step back from it, far enough away so you get a “first” glance at your home. Close your eyes for 10 seconds, then open them and see your home as if your were driving by for the first time. How is the curb appeal? Does it look neat, inviting, and like you would want to buy your house all over again? If you would like to…