Design Tools

As we said in our last post, we’ve been studying the view angles of Cape Cod Bay from our Griffin Island House, and we thought it might be interesting to share the kinds of drawings we’ve used to help us fine tune the design and communicate our thoughts with our clients. As the images below …

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Water Views

We’ve been frantically busy developing the design of our Griffin Island House, but Sandra, Nerijus, and I were able to take a short break and drive out to Wellfleet the other day. While we continue to fine tune the design and detailing in collaboration with our landscape architect, Kris Horiuchi and several potential general contractors, …

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Cool Modern Architecture at Wellesley College

My older daughter will be graduating from Wellesley College on Friday, and needless to say I am incredibly proud! Were you aware of how much phenomenal modern architecture you can experience at Wellesley’s gem of a campus?! My favorites are Mack Scogin Merrill Elam’s Lulu Chow Wang Student Center and Rafael Moneo’s Davis Museum. Check …

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Exciting New Green Ideas

I recently traveled back to Hawai`i for a three-day photo shoot of our Hawai`i Wildlife Center, which means two very long days of travel and ample opportunities to catch up on reading. However, before digging into the 20 pounds of reading material I brought for the occasion, I just had to start by flipping through …

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Griffin Island House Design Update – a “floating hole”

One of the most critical design imperatives for a new custom house is that it should be fully integrated with its unique landscape. We are currently collaborating with Kris Horiuchi of Horiuchi Solien Landscape Architects on a new house for a spectacular four acre site on Griffin Island in Wellfleet, MA. The site photos and …

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Before and After: Updating a Staircase

We posted progress photos a few months ago of a small project in Boston’s South End, where we were asked to update a stair connecting an upper level entry hall to a lower level combined living / dining / kitchen.  The previous stair was fairly utilitarian, and did nothing to unify the two levels of …

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Surprise visit!

We had a surprise visit the other day from the beguiling Emilia Petrokas, age 2 months; what a charmer!  

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Baroque Again?

On a visit a few weeks ago to Rome and Venice, I kept noticing beautiful stairs.  A visitor to Venice encounters a steep stair up and over a canal about every 250’, and Rome has some great examples of sculptural staircases indoors and out.  In Venice, the canal bridges were built over hundreds of years, …

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Westport River House featured on Houzz.com

Houzz is featuring Ruhl Walker’s Westport River House today, in an essay focusing on a design issue we care a lot about, and spend a lot of time and effort on. When designing a custom house, one of the most important design considerations is to recognize solar and wind orientation, views and privacy needs, which …

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Modern Planar Field of Crocuses

Should anyone use the words “beautiful” and “modern” in the same sentence? Of course, and often! Check out the images of Matthew Cunningham’s own garden — below and on facebook — to see what 7,000 to 8,000 crocuses looks like in a small (only 500 square feet) lawn. Stunningly beautiful, as well as crisp and …

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