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Efficient and Beautiful

Posted on March 7th, by Michael Menn in Architecture, Complete Home Projects, Efficient. Comments Off on Efficient and Beautiful

This month I would like to talk about the efficient use of space.

Big houses consume more resources than small ones. They use more wood, more carpet, more drywall and more concrete. They cover more ground and generate more construction debris. When completed, they will require more energy to heat and cool.

A house’s size has a greater impact on energy and resource use than any other factor, including insulation, equipment efficiency and windows. So here are some tips for efficiency yet maintaining style.

Space Design Savvy Tips:

Share space between different uses. A home office and guest bedroom is a common combination. Also consider using a hall or stairway as a library or gallery, a landing can be a reading nook, the laundry can be a mudroom. Replace individual rooms for “media,” exercise and others purposes with built-ins and storage for special equipment.


Add double-height space. Smaller rooms need not feel “cramped.” High vertical spaces add an airy feeling.


Fill the entire building volume. Much usable space can be lost to attics. This space under the roof can be used for visual appeal, loft space or heated storage. Cathedral roof trusses with ceiling insulation, stick framing with insulation between the rafters or structural insulated panels … Read More »

The Kitchen Puzzle

Posted on April 2nd, by Michael Menn in Uncategorized. Comments Off on The Kitchen Puzzle

A great kitchen remodel begins with amazing design, which requires a creative and talented kitchen designer.  One such designer is Diane Bohstedt, owner of D + B Kitchen Design Concepts (  Diane’s work inspires me.  I am hoping her words below inspire you as you begin thinking about your kitchen remodel.

The first step is figuring out what you want the end result to be.  When you buy a jigsaw puzzle, the box shows the completed picture.  So think of the final result.  Buy magazines, go to Websites, talk to people.  Visualize the final result.
Select your team (designer, architect, contractor).  All members of the team should be selected up front, and should meet with you at the very beginning of the project.
Your team helps you determine the shape of the puzzle pieces (how the kitchen lays out).  We do this by asking questions such as:

Why is your current kitchen not … Read More »