Designing Your Perfect Kitchen

Kitchen

by Jon Gunson, Architect

The history of kitchens over the last two thousand years has almost come full circle. In ancient times, the focus of survival was shelter and food. The cave or primitive hut provided both functions in one space which was used for living, sleeping, and eating. This was all gathered around an open fire that cooked the food and warmed the room.

As civilization progressed over hundreds of years, the cooking area became no longer the focal point of the home but rather a secondary space, in a cramped corner of the house. The mother, or perhaps Read More...

What is “Green” Construction?

by Jon Gunson, Architect

Green has become an often-used buzzword to describe a genuine concern and ethic toward our environment. In relation to residential construction, it indicates awareness about the materials that go into a home, the way the home is built, the amount of energy used to manufacture and deliver the products that are within the home, and the energy it will consume while you are living in it.

Buildings are responsible for 54% of the nation’s energy consumption and 35% of our carbon dioxide emissions through their construction and operation of heating and cooling systems and maintenance. Therefore, Read More...

Why Hire an Architect?

by Jon Gunson, Architect

Most people decide to build a “custom” home for one of two reasons:

                    1. You have looked at all of the houses on the market and have not found one that meets your vision of how you want your home to look, feel, and function.

                    2. You have found the perfect lot and now you want to create the perfect home that will best take advantage of all that it has to offer.

These are both very important reasons so now you owe it to yourself to select the right architect to help you fulfill all Read More...