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Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals

Keep your skin and the environment healthy with a pool that cleans itself, naturally Full Story
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lornakrys
these look beautiful but I can't help thinking they would be a bad idea where I live (Uganda). This would be like asking all the the natural wild life to move in, and believe me we have more wild life than you want in your back yard! Some areas even have leopards and deer. They generally avoid people but that is before you choose to put a watering hole in your back yard! That's tropical living for you. Alot of toads and frogs would DEFINITELY take up residence as well.
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flyergrace
Thanks for the additional photos TJ. It's gorgeous! Great job with the landscaping too- it adds so much interest all around it.
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How to Install a Green Roof

Covering a roof with low-maintenance plants has benefits beyond just beauty. Get the details here Full Story
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Andrea Frank
Norberry- Are you really adding soil every year? or I guess a better question is are you needing nutrients or substrate? As for clover- I'd say dig it out if you can. Or try the recipe making the rounds of 1cup vinegar+ 2 tablespoons Epson salt+ 1/4 teaspoon Dawn dish soap and spray it on. It works well in dry warm weather- you know- those 2 days in July :).
June 10, 2014 at 10:49pm   
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Andrea Frank
@Peggy Tupper Good Luck with that.
June 10, 2014 at 10:53pm   
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What Is a Living Building?

Part philosophy, part advocacy, the Living Building Challenge is pushing designers and homeowners to rethink how we live Full Story
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Hammer & Hand
Our office is in Seattle's Bullitt Center, a commercial Living Building. We wrote a few posts about what it's like working in a Living Building Challenge building on our blog. You can start our "tour" here: http://hammerandhand.com/field-notes/our-tour-of-the-bullitt-center-an-intro/
July 22, 2014 at 8:01am   
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detailaddict
Nice ideas on paper, though like others I do wonder how practical they will be as implementation progresses, especially for private residences. One red flag for me was the idea that I would be required to invite strangers into my home once construction was complete.
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Design Practice: The Basics of Marketing Your Business

Pro to pro: Attract clients and get paying work by drawing attention to your brand in the right places Full Story
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Gail Ward-Yarbrough
Very helpful information, lots of points that most start up companies miss and are really important. We have been in business for three years now and we been using all the typical media for getting our name 2303Designs out in the public to promote our company but we find Houzz is used by lots of people to get planning for remodeling and new home ideas. This site can be your best tool!
July 2, 2014 at 8:38am     
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The Bazeley Partnership
This is a great article for start ups, but I'd also like to just add that for UK Architects, the RIBA run CPD on Marketing for Architects, which can be very useful.
July 8, 2014 at 8:30am     
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Design Practice: How to Ensure the Best Client Experience

Pro to pro: Learn about standard procedures to make clients happy and things easier on you Full Story
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James Holley, Design Solutions
I have used a term, and a process often; I prefer to do the same things the same way each time so as to keep the outcome a good one and make for happy clients and great end results.
Over the years, I learn something new each and every day, even as it pertains to business, and each experience is often then injected into the next project.
SOP's are very important, but can be ever adjusted as you learn from each new day.
Good article, and hope many clients would be willing to read it.
Thanks for sharing more good information with the community.
May 20, 2014 at 5:58am     
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Dispatch.tv
Communication systems, project management tools, and procedures, all crucial. Plus being able to adapt to the tools your clients are comfortable with/want to use.
June 26, 2014 at 2:26pm     
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Design Practice: Setting Up Your Studio

Learn from an architect how to create a workspace that fuels your business and feeds you inspiration Full Story
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dreamdoctor
JHDS. Amen to your comments. I didn't go to my in-laws with my spouse recently because they were in the middle of a project "managed" by my sister-in-law (drove my wife crazy as she is used to my methods). I like to relax - that would not have been possible. Super decisive clients can be as bad as the needy ones - if it means the decision is a result of not listening to what you are saying and then they will not change their mind "on principle" because it had been made up. I've done some good projects with my father - he was busy to the point he only had enough time to review comment and get back to work. And then there are the clients that actually understand you know what you're doing even if they don't totally understand it - they get presents at Christmas time and sometimes preferred rates. That type behavior cannot be encouraged enough. Time to go do billing - ugh. Good to know you're out there.
May 30, 2014 at 11:47am   
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Zee Design Studio
that was such an inspiring pushing forward article, i really thank you because it came on time as well, because i'm kinda struggling with my working place (on the couch and the dining table) meanwhile i'm working on my first big project and i just can't wait to get it done to be able to post the shots i will take,
June 7, 2014 at 7:14am   
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Design Practice: How to Start Your Architecture Business

Pro to pro: Get your architecture or design practice out of your daydreams and into reality with these initial moves Full Story
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Seed Studio Landscape Architects
Terrific article Eric. Look forward to the next instalment!
March 30, 2014 at 4:37pm     
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ZS Design Architect, PLLC
great read... but better article for people just starting out is procuring new projects and the very real task of paying bills when we deal mainly with people's fancy problems. And in a down-turn economy ie: where personal spending and income is at all time lows - fancy problems are the first to be put on a shelf.
July 17, 2014 at 9:15am     
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Design Practice: Start-up Costs for Architects and Designers

How much cash does it take to open a design company? When you use free tools and services, it’s less than you might think Full Story
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Bianca Balog-Dutton
Thank you for the article and everyone's advice, I am an accountant looking to change careers in Oct and go out on my own as a designer after study and although I'm in Oz, great things to think about as I have always seen too many red lights with doing this :) very encouraging
July 2, 2014 at 10:39pm     
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dreamdoctor
Jan, much of life is analogous. Thank you for the compliment. We have to wear our "shrink hat" for ourselves all the time to make sure we are not in a 'head game" and projecting our weakness and shortcomings onto our clients. During the dating period we are on our best behavior - once the knot is tied the gloves come off for some. You really get to know people once the emotions start flying in the for-real project. The shrink needs to stay calm and cool and a bit aloof to provide the needed service. Don't say (or write) anything you will regret later - I think of everything as evidence - it puts things perspective - how would this look if presented in court or related to someone else? Clients often do all my work for me in this respect because they are experienced. Some of the things they send me are not well thought out. The lessons are often brutal and unforgiving; hopefully you only need to learn them once and are open to growing and learning in any type relationship. Part of being a professional and providing a service is to be bigger than the client - if they act like a three year old you need to be the grown up. Many times you have to just let it slide by if the relationship is going to work - the best rebuttal for an (pointless) argument is often silence or switching to another, more productive topic. Everyone has bad days and makes poor decisions; don't try to put the fire out with gasoline - use a little water or just let it die out on its own. If there is scab let it heal for goodness sake.

Bianca - don't be in a huge hurry to completely dump the accounting gig - valuable asset and very often a part of what makes a project work (juggling numbers, funding sources, project delivery etc) . Nice to have a second revenue source for back up and a good lead in to projects. "I'm in Oz"? What does that mean? I grew up in Kansas and went to K-State and it doesn't click.
July 8, 2014 at 8:38am   
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The Passive House: What It Is and Why You Should Care

If you don't understand passive design, you could be throwing money out the window Full Story
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incomplete
Passive homes. Good for the planet!
June 12, 2014 at 7:25pm     
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Passivhaus
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Why You Might Want to Build a House of Straw

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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haylino
in addition to cosba, there are numerous other resources available, many of them quite good: http://www.strawbalecentral.com/Workshop/workshop.html
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Gabriel San_Roman
great....healthy...
May 20, 2014 at 1:16pm   
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Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

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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Aarkaa Designs
Indeed a very informative and interesting article!
June 4, 2014 at 11:09am   
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Southland Log Homes
Great information in this article. Energy efficient homes are a wonderful way to reduce negative effects on the environment.
June 10, 2014 at 3:33pm   
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