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Feb
2018

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Happy Space

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Recently I was contacted by a prospective client who wanted to discuss a proposed, new beach house project. Then she said, “I’m not a beach person.”

Okaaaay.

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Feb
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The Good House Philosophy

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It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been writing these essays for several years now. When I look back over the archive, I realize that I consistently return to a singular topic that could be boiled down to one question: What makes a good house?

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Why NOT in my backyard?

On 18, Dec 2017 | No Comments | In From the Architect's Desk, Rants and Wisdom | By lthomas

The first weekend in December, an article in The New York Times caught my eye.

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The “EX-Fix”

On 10, May 2017 | One Comment | In From the Architect's Desk, Rants and Wisdom | By lthomas

I’ve been meaning to write this essay for a long time. Time, as it turns out, is part of the story. As is patience and an architect’s newfound personal awareness of disability accommodation—or lack there of.

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May
2017

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Closets, Armoires, Racks and Hooks = Storage!

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I have recently seen a few questions pop-up on design forums about the wisdom of adding traditional closets to older homes. The New York Times recently tackled this question in the Home and Garden section’s “Market Ready” column written by Tim McKeough: [http://nyti.ms/1xhx5sQ]

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Apr
2017

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The Year of Architectural Understanding

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Occasionally in my work as an architect I need to research something. Be it an architectural style, an obscure term for an historic detail (joggles!), or even another architect’s solution to a sticky design conundrum, I head to my office library.

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Mar
2017

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My Client, the Customer.

On 27, Mar 2017 | One Comment | In From the Architect's Desk | By lthomas

As Architects, we spend a lot of time talking and writing about design, ideas, strategies, materials, proportions and values. Indeed, I have covered many of these topics, as have many of my colleagues on the web.

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09

Jan
2017

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Where I sketch.

On 09, Jan 2017 | 2 Comments | In From the Architect's Desk | By lthomas

So—-where do you sketch, Laura?

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Dec
2016

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How best to use Houzz

On 01, Dec 2016 | One Comment | In From the Architect's Desk | By lthomas

There was a time when a client would come for a design meeting with a tote bag absolutely overflowing with folders full of images ripped from home style design magazines to share with me.

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Nov
2016

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First things first.

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Triage. The act of first things first. Also known as strategic thinking. Or as Wikipedia defines it:

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