August 27, 2017 @ 4:44 PM

27,300$

That's the average amount homeowners plan to spend on renovations this year.

A 4% increase from 2016.

Comes from a survey done by Houzz.

There were 100,000 respondents.

Houzz is based in Palo Alto.

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November 16, 2014 @ 11:50 AM

If it's not Sustainable -- it's not Beautiful.

If it's not Beautiful -- it's not Sustainable.

If it's not Sustainable the aesthetic response of the Unconscious it to read the space as dying, dead, toxic or lethal.  The best case response is tragedy.  Wasting an architectural opportunity is tragic.

What is Beautiful?  Go down the checklist : Does it belong on it's site? 

Belong?  Did it grow there?  Did it grow or was it plopped?  Was it extruded?  Was it tossed?  Was someone clearing their throat?  Could it be anywhere else? 

Is every component proportional to every other? 

Which values does it radiate?  Was it thrown together in the name of ............

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February 23, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

 All the guys who taught me the trade of carpentry were missing parts of their bodies.  Most could count to eight and a half.  Less than safe tools. Cavalier work practice.  Machismo.  All contributed to the butchery.  My worst accident was years ago.  Wanted to get a four car garage framed that went with a large remodeling project.  It started to rain.  I was using a pneumatic framing gun.  It pops a three and a quarter inch spike into lumber with a touch of the tip in less than a second.  Rain made the boards slippery.  I was holding the pieces with one hand and shootng with the other.  The gun slipped.  Shot a spike into my left thumb.&............

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February 17, 2014 @ 8:08 PM

When I was a carpenter’s apprentice in the late 70’s we might have one AM radio on the job.  Four inch speaker.  Always tuned to DGY.  Country and Western.  As the guys who taught me the trade retired stereo FM swept across the site.  The new generation of foremen and sup’s listened to KQ.  Then came CD’s and remote controls.  When Jimi Way and I worked together the hardest decision we made all day was which satellite station to listen to.  263 choices + one for silence.  Right now the team’s got Pandora blasting through a Jambox.  Were there lutes and viols playing while the High Gothic Cathedrals rose?  

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August 12, 2013 @ 9:38 AM

 Am I missing something?

I talk with a prospect on the phone.

Meet to discuss their project.

Provide expertise.

Prepare a detailed estimate on a spreadsheet that allows them to cut and paste their own budget.

Follow up.

Then confront silence.

If someone did that much work for me with out compensation

I'd at least eMail a thank you and a sentence why I decided not to do business with me.

But it's just silence by the Demand side of the Market Equation.

50% of valuable information is lost in regard to conditions and behavior.

What am I missing/

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April 17, 2013 @ 11:56 AM

SAD.

SOBERING.

Just read that Paolo Soleri died on April 9th.

If you don't know his work try googling Arcology and Arcosanti.

When I was a kid he was doing what I was dreaming. 

Finding ways for architecture to relate in wholesome ways to Our World.

Like most created work

in some ways his's timeless -- in others -- painfully time-bound.

While you're at it -- you might Google Broadacre City.  Frank Wright's fantasy for American's life.

Soleri was an apprentice at Taliesan -- Wright's school.  I wonder if he worked on the Broadacre model and how much they formulated his ideas when he started his mega projects.

Mega means city designs for 1M inhabitants. . .

RIP Senior Soleri.

 ......

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January 5, 2013 @ 8:16 AM

 The text says green; the geometry says brown.

I was reading the latest edition of Eco-Structure magazine this morning.

Gazing at LEED certified buildings with a harsh rectilinear geometry.  The Rectilinear draws a deep incisive line in the sand.  One side people -- the other world.  The human and not human.

I'm guessing the us v them is un-sustainable.

Biomimetics will birth an architecture where the world flows in and out like waves on the Northshore or like winter air into lungs during the Minnesota dawn. . .

Check out www.biomimicry.net

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November 27, 2012 @ 9:13 AM

I trust the people I work with to deliver great service to my clients.  I have business relationships that're over a decade old.  There's pain when the trust is violated.  Not only emotional pain, but financial.  Was wondering why something wasn't being resolved.  I promised a client we could get energy rebates for her from the utility company.  Turns out there're a number of good reasons the vendor couldn't deliver.  In almost a year I was told it was being worked on.  "Resolved by the end of the week."  Turns out the guy who violated my trust had no ability to resolve because the president of the company he worked for had severed all .........

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September 1, 2012 @ 9:54 AM

 You might click on this : http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/greendex

National geographic has been sponsoring a global study for the last few years.  17,000 people in 17 countries were interviewed.  All in the name of answering the question, "How Green is your life?"  What intrigued me?  People in emerging economies have the greenest lives.  They're the ones most concerned about future conditions.  Alas.  The USA was at the bottom of the heap.  Living the least sustainable life.  It's sobering to think that hundreds of billions of US dollars are spent each year to keep it that way and large blocks of voters are proud of that dubious award.  Oh.........

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August 14, 2012 @ 8:19 AM

Last week had a final inspection for a project in Roseville.  As I was walking the inspector to the door we were sharing war stories.  He told me of a project he'd just come from.  The agreed on price was 34K.  At the conclusion the homeowner handed the contractor a check for 30 and said, "Go ahead and try to collect.  Go ahead and try to sue me."  The inspector told me there were tears in the contractor's eyes as he related the tale.  I concluded the chat by saying I tie most of my payments to inspections.  The first progress payment isn't due until the City has inspected and approved all mechanical and electrical rough-ins.  And approved the framing.  .........

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