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You’re Getting Older, But…

Posted on October 4th, by Michael Menn in Aging In Place. No Comments

You’re Getting Older, But…


Those tell-tell signs are there.


First you got married. Then your kids were born. Before you knew it, they were off to college. Maybe they are already out of college. Maybe THEY are married. Maybe you even are (the word that shall not be mentioned)…


Want more signs? Maybe you’re not running that 5K or marathon as fast as you used to. Or instead of playing two rounds of golf a day on that golf trip, you’re only playing one. And by the way, how are you enjoying that new knee?


You aren’t alone. There are more than 38 million 55+ households in the U.S., and that number is growing. AARP recently conducted a survey, almost 90% of Americans older than 65 say they want to remain in their home for as long as possible.


The good news is that modern medicine and our stubborn Baby Boomer mentality are indeed slowing the aging process. We watch our diets, we exercise, we get all those screenings. So we remain productive. For goodness sake, a 100-year old man just finished a marathon last month.


Which brings us to where we will be living as we age. More and more, we want to stay in … Read More »

Why I Do What I Do!

Posted on September 6th, by Michael Menn in Architecture, Business. Comments Off on Why I Do What I Do!

Why I Do What I Do!


Why did I choose design/build as our career?

I like to create and the creative process.. I love being challenged by a problem, and then coming up with a solution. I love seeing something I design come to reality. I love looking at a beautiful new kitchen or room addition or office space and thinking: “I did that.”
What we do makes the world a better place. I believe that, and you should too, that the work architects do actually makes our clients’ lives better. It might be that we make their lives easier merely from a functional standpoint (aging-in-place features, for example). It may be that what we create is so magnificent it is a source of pride for our clients.
Ego (now we have gotten to the bottom line!). What we do is very tangible. It is easy to see the results of our work…good or bad. While I am very self-motivated and take pride when I think I do excellent work, it is certainly nice to have our work applauded from clients, from the community at large, and from peers.

We all have different motivations. Indeed, there are many legitimate reasons, and I … Read More »

Dining Room Design

Posted on August 17th, by Michael Menn in Dining Rooms. Comments Off on Dining Room Design

Dining Room Design

Is it time to transition your old, outdated dining room into a modern, eclectic masterpiece?  Trying to decide how to decorate your very first dining room?  For whatever reason dining rooms are on your mind, here are a few tips to help you on your journey…

1. Pick Out The Perfect Table

First, you need to determine what type of table caters to your style, and to the function of the room. What kind of ambiance do you want your dining room to have?  Is it going to be a formal space, used only on special occasions or when you have company?  Or do you want it to feel more casual and lived in, since you’ll might be using it on a daily basis? Traditionally, dark wood finishes add more formality to a room, while lighter finishes and painted finishes create a more casual feel.

Next, you need to think about sizes.  You don’t want to overcrowd the room with the table.  How many people will be sitting at it regularly?  Do you have small children? Do you plan on having dinner guests frequently?  Ask yourself these kinds of questions in order to establish what size and shape of dining table … Read More »