Accessibility & Micro Living, Can it Co-Exist?

It should come as no surprise that the rising cost of residential real estate is driving home buyers, both new and old alike, to seek out smaller abodes when making a home buying purchase.  With an emphasis on lifestyle amenities, location, and outdoor living spaces, the desired new home incorporates more features into less square footage and, often times, results in a more efficient way of living.

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Design Advice: Find Space Under the Stairs

In today's era of Small Space Living it isn't hard to imagine what it would be like to have just a little extra room, a few more square feet of breathing room.  Those of you who live anywhere inside of New York City know just what I'm talking about.  Just trying to find a place for that extra pair of shoes you picked up during the Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale can be a task in and of itself! Most of us who live in these tiny dwellings would probably allocate that extra space to storage - more room for the Costco run, a place to put the Christmas tree, another rack for shoes.  But what if, for just a moment, we put storage concerns aside and thought of our luxury needs?

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Universal Design: Updating the Staircase Without Sacrificing Looks

Let's be honest, when it comes to the staircase, accessibility is not the first thing that comes to mind.  Of course, not having one makes a world of difference when an occupant suffers from limited mobility.  But what to do when the family home, in its multi-story glory, features at its heart a series of steps? And what happens when that elevating architectural element just happens to be aesthetically in tune with the rest of the residence? There are a number of updates that can be made to the existing staircase that aren't just beneficial to those with mobility issues or other disabilities, but to the general occupants. We've done a bit of homework and found a number of aesthetic solutions to common stair barriers.

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Spotlight: Seattle Stair & Design

The Architectural Theatrics of Shawn Christman & His Team

It is integral to the act of creating architecture, the opportunity for theatrics. To re-imagine a ho hum activity, a task embedded in the grind of the day to day normality, instead as a performance, becoming a skit more art than function, more extraordinary than hum drum, more unique than ordinary. The function of Architecture enables the occupant the distinct luxury of feeling that they’d never before been part of such a fancy even though the hidden reality is that they’d performed the same task day in and day out.

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