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Design Build – Back to the Start

What are the benefits to hiring a design-build firm in which the designer is also the general contractor? Strangely enough this interdisciplinary form of project delivery was a common practice before the mid-twentieth century when design and construction were inextricably linked.  The term master-builder was earned after years of hand on experience through rigorous construction apprenticeship…

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Sustainable Design in Residential Home Design

Sustainable Design Green isn’t a buzzword. In our business practice and in our profession, sustainable design is a basic criteria. Edict advances sustainability as a requirement throughout the planning and design process on all of our projects. We firmly believe that saving energy and resources is not only good for the environment, but also good for…

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Lake House – Demo Days

The first step is always to do away with the old to make room for the new! The construction crew literally just goes at it with hammers and electric saws.  Its loud & dusty – but if you are having a bad day, it could be a great way to exhaust your frustrations!      …

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Windows

Windows can really make or break the architecture in a space. I love steel windows which are making a comeback. They are far more expensive than standard windows but they can really be used in large expanses to visually expand a space well beyond the room you’re in. Vinyl windows are the least expensive followed…

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Compensation

A lot of clients are unclear at the outset of our working relationship how home designers/builders and designers are paid.  I thought this would be a good time to go over the details on how Edict is paid and why our compensation is set up the way that it is. First of all, after a…

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Lakehouse

Currently, I’m working with a great family that has purchased a lake house on a 2 acre lot with an outdated late 60’s ranch on it but with beautiful views. We are taking this house from outdated to a contemporary 2 story lake house with brand new Master, Brand new garage and completely redesigned floor…

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The Goals of the Interior Designer/Builder

Any project we undertake will have a plethora of things to consider and requirements that must be adhered to when constructing a new space or remodeling an existing one. The most obvious considerations are the program, the goals of the client, building codes, ordinances, siting, etc.   However, there are also the agenda/goals of the…

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