RESTROOM SPACE PLANNING – ADA

I worked this afternoon with an intern architect on a submittal that came in from our stone sub-contractor. The submittal was for stone partitions for some restrooms in a commercial building. The stone for these partitions is specified as 1 & 1/4″ thick slabs of a marble called “Perlatina.” The submittal was to verify their layout for …

ARCHITECTURAL/INTERIOR DESIGN PUNCH LIST: A TIDLIC

Today I was out of state on location for a project where we are building student housing for a University. We spent the day inspecting and “punch listing” the site. This usually means a lot of blue tape all over the building…much to the GC’s displeasure. I don’t have any recollection of ever discussing this side …

FABRIC AND UPHOLSTERY MISHAPS…

Purple has never been a favorite color of mine by any stretch of the imagination… sorry to all of you that LOVE it like my daughter… But I have been spending a whole lot of time with it over the last little while.  A couple weeks ago I spent some time inspecting 44 yards of light …

INVOICING – AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S NECESSARY EVIL

I wish being a designer was just about creativity and design. What I learned quickly after leaving school, was that being successful wasn’t about just being a good designer. You have to be able good at managing finances (that dirty green thing that helps us keep on doing the thing we love.) Which means getting …

CUSTOM CHAIR CARVING REVIEW

I received in the mail a package of wood carvings today. This is the best kind of mail! These carvings are submittals for the crown of a designed chair going into a historically sensitive remodel. This chair is modeled after a Victorian  – Eastlake movement – antique. I have written a previous blog on a …

TILE SPECIFICATION – LESSONS LEARNED

Today we finally made resolution to a tile problem we have been trying to resolve for months. The back story: We have been working on a large plaza renovation which includes a couple large landscape fountains. Our scope of work is to remove the failing stone pavers in the plaza and replace the tile in …

FIRE RATINGS FOR DOORS – A LIFE SAFETY ITEM

If you read my posting called Redlining you would know that I have been working on a small TI  lobby remodel. Just as we were about to issue the set of drawings for bidding, we were asked to replace all the main doors down two side exit corridors through the building.  This wasn’t apart of our original …