Contemporary renovations and beautiful, modern residential architecture

Contemporary renovations and beautiful, modern residential architecture

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or Smithson's Parallel of the Orders experienced during a 10 minute walk

Peter Smithson in his seminal essay “A Parallel of the Orders,” argued that a construction system becomes an order and then evolves (or really devolves) into a decoration. He claims that this is the natural course of architectural development. He then argues that the first two steps are acceptable whereas the third is heretical

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A little advice on turning a 2 Flat into a Single Family Residence

Our good friend and esteemed colleague Jerry, aka the Man of Steel, poses with the 1000 pound steel beam we specified for this 2 Flat to Single Family conversion. Here, we cut a cavity between the floor joists and Jerry is about to lift the beam into place. This detail creates a flush ceiling and, thus, a single space where they were four small rooms. Real sized furniture, anyone?

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Idea for Transforming a Lincoln Park Rowhouse Kitchen from the mundane into Something Spectacular

 Lincoln Park Rowhouse. Note the rather underwhelming frame addition with skylights that was added in the 1980s. Our idea for maximizing the inside/outside spaces can catalyze today's modern lifestyles. The light shelf reflect natural daylight deep into the space. The high clerestory window enables the stack effect for natural ventilation. The courtyard can harvest reflect light, heat a fluid on the roof that is transported to the deck base and used as radiant heat to make it a three season space. 

Lincoln Park Rowhouse. Note the rather underwhelming frame addition with skylights that was added in the 1980s. Our idea for maximizing the inside/outside spaces can catalyze today's modern lifestyles. The light shelf reflect natural daylight deep into the space. The high clerestory window enables the stack effect for natural ventilation. The courtyard can harvest reflect light, heat a fluid on the roof that is transported to the deck base and used as radiant heat to make it a three season space. 

I am sharing this idea for transforming a Lincoln Park rowhouse kitchen from the mundane into something spectacular. Please have a look and we welcome questions and comments.