The Fireplace

The traditional center of the home is the hearth.  There are lots of design features in this fireplaces that make it a focal point of of the home.  In this video, we follow it from start to finish. 

Creating the Eyebrow Arch

I've always loved the "eyebrow" form in buildings.  It's a three centered arch with gentle curves, here forming and archway which is quite large yet welcoming and not overly grand.  Our curve is formed by three layers of decorative woodwork and a gutter that curves vertically.   A gutter like this is a special fabrication built in Atlanta which had to exactly match and perfectly offset the curves of the woodwork.  With a little luck, it looks easy. 

The Gambrel Roof, a Brief History

Here's a roof type that can be seen throughout the older cities as well as rural areas: the gambrel roof.   With the availability of long straight roofing materials today, the gambrel is a stylistic statement that is softer and less tall than a conventional straight pitch with the same span.  But it's roots are in a time where materials were used more judiciously and it  balanced efficiency and aesthetics.   This video explores this roof style's history and how we build it today. 

Creating Vaulted Ceilings

Creating these ceilings requires careful interaction between ourselves as designers and the tradesmen who fabricate them.    We supply the calculations and detailed drawings then help layout the work in the field.   By translating the design intentions, the carpenters are empowered to fill in the work accurately. 

Thoughts on Design/Build

There is joy in seeing a project from concept through construction.  From working with clients on the creative aspects of the architectural work, bringing in the expertise and creativity of engineers and special consultants that support and challenge the design, to working with craftsmen from the first shovel and the client's first blush of excitement, through snow, mud and sometimes perfect sunshine;  the grind of schedules and co-ordination, until the sudden sunrise of completion.   The smell of freshly turned earth mixed, wet concrete and sawdust is every bit as heady as the cerebral pursuits of design and engineering.    Client's and tradesmen's paths may cross just once in a life time and each is richer for it.  When we are able to bring good people together in the cause of a lasting outcome, it's a subtle thrill and privilege. 


Personally, I am as happy drawing a landscape design in the mud as on a computer.   A great day for me is standing on a ladder with a laser and a marker sketching trim and cabinetry on plywood and framing.  No matter how good the craftsmen or how technologically perfect the drawings and management, good work requires this more often than not.  


Discussing the Design

Here is a video presentation of the design: from the first input from the clients through its final configuration.   The video was recorded prior to the start of construction