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A Series on Design Styles : Early North America- Southwest Mission

In the last post I talked about Pueblo Style and mentioned it grew into Mission Style. I need to clarify that a bit. There are two Mission Styles common in the U.S. of A.: Arts & Crafts Mission and Southwest Mission. At some point during the early 1900s the two styles interact, but they never merge into one style- they continuously complement each other throughout history. Here I’ll discuss Southwest Mission. Architecture and History have something in common: People are always looking “back” and trying to see how things could be better. The U.S.A. was born in that manner: people were unhappy with their history and changed it, hopefully for the better. Architecture is certainly no different... (read more)
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A Series on Design Styles : Early North America- Pueblo

I'm starting this series off with a regional style that predates Christopher Columbus : Pueblo (also called Southwest or Adobe.) I delighted in researching this style in college, so I am pulling my notes of storage and re-reading all the books to write this entry. This style started out as communal dwellings for the Native American tribes (Navajo, Apache, Hopi) through the southwest region of today's United States: Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, parts of Colorado, and parts of Texas. Built from the 9th through 14th centuries, some structures still stand today, such as Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. (read more)
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What To Do With Walls

A typical ten foot by ten foot room can have (with eight foot ceilings) 320 square feet of wall. That is a little more than three times the footprint of the room! So what is a homeowner to do with all of that space? Walk through a model home in a new subdivision, and you'll see exciting things on the walls- from Wallpaper to Tile Mosaics to Murals. Walls are the largest square footage of a home. (read more)
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Flooring

Walk through a model home, and throughout most of the building there will be a hard surface floor. This hard surface floor is most likely to be tile, however it can look like wood plank. Ever ask yourself why? I can answer that it is trending recently, and for good reasons. Tile is going through a manufacturing change. If it is a ceramic or porcelain material, they can now create tiles with better edges. These new edges can allow for smaller and/or fewer grout lines. Tile has a few other benefits over wood (hardwood, engineered, etc.) flooring as well. It maintains better and is often less likely to become damaged by pets' claws. Plus, tile will stay cooler than wood flooring- and is less likely to buckle due to moisture (Why worry about moisture in the desert? Monsoon season- the humidity, damage to you (read more)
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Our Design Services Questionnaires for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Listed in this post are the questionnaires we'll be using when discussing a potential remodel project with homeowners. I've not yet mastered this posting template, and will update this page once I've figured it out. (read more)
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