DESIGN SHADOW: INTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL SKETCHES

Our team of Architects and Interior Designers recently had the space plan and exterior design for a new project approved by the Owner. Now it’s time to define the interior architecture and designs. We call this establishing the vocabulary of the building. Today I spent time thinking with my pen and fodder (tracing paper). This …

DESIGN SHADOW: ADDITIONAL SCOPE

Often during the construction administration period (“CA“) or after a project is installed and “finished,” the client will often find things that they want to add to the project. This can be because things aren’t working as planned, or there were items they didn’t think they needed, but now do. These might be items that …

DESIGN SHADOW: WORK ORDERS & INVOICING

“Work orders”, or project scopes of work, have been coming in which is typical for this time of year. We have a client that contracts with us work to be done on many of their existing buildings.  This year we are managing work for 15 of these buildings. This work can range from replacing and …

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: 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 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 …