DESIGN SHADOW -“OAC”: A TIDLIC

“OAC” – Owner, Architect and Contractor meeting. I didn’t know that term in school, but it is a acronym thrown around weekly now. There are various types of meetings to get a project concept-ed, off the ground and running – or building – in our line of work. Once a contractor is brought on board, whether …

DESIGN SHADOW: CAULKING – A TIDLIC

Now that we are about a month out from “turn over” – the date that the contractor turns the building over to the Owner I am spending at least one day a week if not two, walking the project and inspecting progress of materials and finishes going in. Today I met with one of the …

DESIGN SHADOW: OLD SCHOOL FURNITURE MAKING

I spent the day on the road traveling around the valley to various furniture workers that I am using on some projects. The purpose of the visits were to inspect the quality of the work, answers questions of the fabricators and just plain see how the furniture is coming along. It is a very exciting thing …

DESIGN SHADOW ON RFI’S

It’s crunch time. Installation is just weeks away, and we have a building to finish. Day after day I am spending time at the project site, on the phone, or answering official RFI’s submitted by the GC’s team. All with the intent to help to keep the contractor moving and ensure they meet their completion schedule. …

DESIGN SHADOW ON STRESS

I am sitting in a plane headed to Chicago, IL. Neocon or bust. This flight time has come as a needed break from a busy, non stop week… A week that I could feel the pressure and stress weighing pushing me down. The week started with some bad news concerning the representative for my client, …

DESIGN SHADOW ON ANTIQUES

The current project that I have been working on is a historic renovation and has required me to do a lot of in-depth research into the late 19th century. I specifically have spent a lot of time with the Eastlake, High Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival design movements of the overreaching Victorian aesthetic. I have …

INTERIOR DESIGNER’S RESOLUTION TO STONE PARTITIONS

I spent a potion of the day trying to think through and resolve a problem that hasn’t been resolved with our restroom partitions as written about in a previous entry. As a recap, the sub contractor – stone and tile supplier – didn’t bid out stone partitions per our drawings. When they submitted their shop drawings …

BENTLEY CARPET MILLS – ALL CARPET IS THE SAME, RIGHT?

An Architect told me in passing a couple weeks ago, ” all carpet is the same, right?” Well…it’s not. It may all be used primarily on the floor and all be somewhat fuzzy and soft, but carpet is not all the same. Yarn DNA, dyes, production methods and durability…are some of the ways that soft product under foot …