DESIGN SHADOW: PROJECT DOCUMETATION

Since I have spent the last number of weeks on a job site managing and completing the installation of a project, it’s now time to complete the record keeping part of the project…the part that we never talk about in school. Most commercial clients like a type of product specification and material/finish binder – architectural …

DESIGN SHADOW: MILLWORK SHOP DRAWING REVIEW

Today I worked on redlining  a portion of the 200 + pages of mill-work/casework shop drawings (it will actually take a couple days to make it through them.) Shop drawings come to us after a contractor has selected the sub-contractor that will be doing the woodwork/mill-work the job. They take our drawings and specifications and …

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: 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 PROBLEM SOLVING AND ANTIQUE LAMPS

This has been an interesting couple of weeks. I would love to say “today I did …” and name a specific item. Right now I am all over the board on multiple projects doing site inspections, creating/maintaining budgets, preparing purchase orders for and buying furniture and following up on vendors that are providing products for our …

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 …