Brennan + Company Architects

(410) 313-8310
brennanarch.com

Services Provided
Architecture, Architectural Design, Interiors, Interior FInishes

Areas Served
Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis areas.

Business Description
We promote Elegant, Thoughtful, Historic & Sustainable Design.

brennan+company architects is a 27-year-old, 3 person open-studio, collaborative firm housed in an historic 1840 sustainably renovated building on Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland. We specialize in beautiful and smart community buildings and residences, both new and renovated. We promote building preservation and reuse as critical to sense of place and create holistic sustainable environments for healthy and efficient living.

We are committed to quality solutions by way of collaborative and creative design process. We begin with the client's requested requirements, budget and design spirit to create an imaginative and thoughtful conceptual response. The design develops through an ongoing review process with the client, culminating in the details and specifications necessary for bid and construction. We monitor the client's budget during the design process by submitting the project to the contractors for pricing, prior to preparing drawings for bid and construction. The result is a richly detailed and described project, one that takes into consideration history, proportion, scale, appropriateness, environmental impact and affordability.
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8333 main street, second floor,
Ellicott City, Maryland,
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What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home Full Story
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indianeph
woozy99 I know earthquake claims are true....no doubt about that. The question is weather fracking results in any statistically significant effect on propensity for earthquakes to occur. That is the question and to that point I would be interested in evidence , not funded by the Sierra club or Texas Oil PR.

Regarding flaming faucets there certainly is a least 1 documented case of an advocate of the earth staging and lying about the cause, and in fact the decade, in this famous deception; Are there more? Does this represent the lengths that a zealot will go to further his/her goals or to oppose others goals? What others deceptions and misinformation exists from our self proclaimed saviors of the earth? Where is the integrity? Is it a result of fracking or any mechanism that extracts gas? Does it naturally occur?

http://energyindepth.org/marcellus/a-faucet-flames-in-1982/
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indianeph, It is strange to question alternative energy companies as being financially motivated, while accepting the safety claims of gas and oil companies as fact. Also interesting that you seem to live nowhere near affected communities. You question the first hand experience of those of us who do from a very safe distance.

When one sits in the town meetings, as I have, one has the opportunity to hear from highly educated, respected scientists from our many universities, including a prominent Ivy League institution. You are invited to come and listen to what the academic community has to say on this issue anytime. No need to rely on internet blogs with some of the world's foremost scientists in the neighborhood.

The link between earthquakes and gas drilling has been widely reported in such media outlets as the Huffington Post, Time Magazine, the Associated Press, NBC News and so on. If those are unsatisfactory, you may look at the Journal "Science" (peer reviewed academic journal for the American Association for the Advancement of Science) or perhaps the US Geological Survey. In the case of methane contaminated water supplies (flaming faucets), the PA Department of Environmental Protection found that poor well construction was responsible; the energy company was fined $1.6 million. This was also widely reported, (Forbes Magazine, NPR and so forth). Already in 2014, major explosions at natural gas storage facilities have been reported in Washington and PA.

Your incredulity changes none of this. This is what the real price of natural gas looks like. I wish it were different; an inexpensive, clean, safe fuel would be something to celebrate if the gas industry claims were true.
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Straw bales are cheap, easy to find and DIY-friendly. Get the basics on building with this renewable, ecofriendly material Full Story
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Oh for pete's sake. To echo what so many others have said, straw is NOT hay. Not even close.

And about bug infestations: termites chow down on wood, that's a fact. Does it keep people from living in houses made of wood? Does worrying about a possible termite infestation in a wood home keep people awake at night?

These are not matters of opinion, they are FACTS. If you don't want to live in a straw bale house, that is a personal preference. But please don't skew the facts about them.
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Mariana Pickering (Emu Architects)
If nothing else can be learned from this comment thread, it's that fear plays an incredible role in public opinion. It's interesting to think that few people would question a doctor's advice about medical considerations, yet for some reason this particular construction method is doubted even when thoroughly explained by building industry professionals. I certainly don't mean to antagonize anyone, but (with all due respect) saying that a firefighter knows more about the design specifications of a straw bale house is a bit like saying that an EMT knows more about your health than a doctor. Both professions are valuable for putting out the fires, both figuratively and literally, but when it comes to getting advice on how the structure of the body works... wouldn't you prefer to take the advice of the doctor/architect/builder?

That being said, psychological comfort in the home is definitely important. If the fear of living in a straw bale house, founded or not, overcomes the benefits... then, clearly, it's not for you. It would be nice, however, to not spread that fear in a somewhat alarmist fashion.

My two cents. :)
Thanks for the comments, everyone.
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This wall has shelves on the toilet side for extra toilet paper, etc.
April 7, 2014 at 6:36am     
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This bedspread was provided by owner, source unknown.
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Gregory Roth Design
Can you share the specs for the towel warmer please?
April 2, 2014 at 11:11am   
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The towel warmer is an OmniPanel by Runtal
April 3, 2014 at 9:43am   
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This is a custom designed bamboo vanity which we then had fabricated by a local shop.
April 1, 2014 at 8:49am   
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I believe it is from the Kohler Memoirs collection to match the toilet and lavatory.
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Thank you for the link; but the one in the picture doesn't match the one on the kohler site. There's another bar around the paper on the site.
April 1, 2014 at 2:35pm   
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Sorry, we don't have this information readily available.
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This mirror was purchased by the owner. Likely from IKEA.
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It is a fiberglass shingle roof.
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Marvin Windows, standard color.
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Nice selections!
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It would be best to contact the manufacturer, PaperStone, directly for this type of information.
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How to Harvest Rainwater for Your Garden

Conserve a vital resource and save money by collecting stormwater for irrigation in a barrel or tank Full Story
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J.Russell Bailey
Paddy,

My dear fellow, here's a couple thoughts for you:

1. The Earth has EXACTLY the SAME amount of water 'now' as it had 100,000 years ago, 500,000 years ago, and 1,000,000 million years ago; the form it takes, the location it is in, and the accessibility of it may well have changed, but the AMOUNT is still the same.

2. When you're about to drink your next glass of water, remember that at some point in the past, a Neanderthal 100,000 years ago drank that SAME water, and about 2 million years ago, an Australopithecus gracile or robustus drank that SAME water before the Neanderthal!

Quite frankly, given the rise of the neo-religion of 'Climate Change' and the attendant 'crisis' fear mongering that is pushed ever higher with ever greater intensity, I've decided to remind people of the basic FACTS about our Closed Eco System (aka planet Earth) as often as possible!

Oh yes, I must also remind all and sundry touting this neo-religion (a form of paganism if ever there was one), that to believe with such religious fervor that:

1. We humans can actually impact climate change to any real world degree, either positively or negatively, is the height of hubris!

2. The Earth's climate ought to somehow remain UNCHANGING, existing as it was the day we individual 'modern' humans were individually born onto the planet, is AGAIN, the height of hubris!

The Earth's climate has ALWAYS changed, for the better, and often times, for the WORSE, for whatever the dominant life form on the planet happened to be at that time.

Extinction is a Natural Process, just as is Climate Change.

People really need to get a grip, stop being so self absorbed, and realize that like the dinosaurs, we too shall 'pass away', giving way to other life forms, and that to believe otherwise, is, well, the height of hubris!

Cheers.
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Grow a Beautiful Garden With Ecofriendly Greywater

Reducing home water waste means lower bills and a healthier planet. Here's how to set up a greywater home irrigation system that can help Full Story
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So glad people are using grey water. My dad used washing machine and kitchen sink water to water his yard 60 years ago.
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We're big fans of grey water in the drought southwest, but last summer I killed off a bunch of well-established shade bushes when my hose from the washer was in my side yard and the water was too hot. It burned the roots of my plants and I've had to start over! now I use it to green up the local grass we can't seem to get rid of. For years, I've had a hose off my air conditioner as well to drip into my sweet potato vines.
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