When Design Becomes a Commodity

Historically the A&E industry has been won and lost on qualifications. In fact, until recently, it was frowned upon for A&E firms to even market themselves. There was a simpler time when reputation and word of mouth were all that differentiated whether or not designers won commissions. Rightfully so, no matter how much technology is […]

Breaking Down the Mysticism of Design Fees

It has been my experience that many of my colleagues struggle to understand the basic principles of economics. To complicate matters there are an infinite variety of services and building types making it impossible to gauge the appropriate fees with our level of service. I’ve witnessed where some architects consume themselves with design to the […]

60th Anniversary Party

We are celebrating our 60th year serving the great state of Montana and beyond! On September 14th, we hosted a party to recognize all those we work with and work for. It was great to see so many familiar faces “Despite the cold and stormy weather, the eternal glow of sixty years made for a […]


I thought being an architect would be pretty much the same whether working on a residence or a commercial project. Really – what is all that different? Well after a decade of working in both specialties, I see just how unique they are. Each space is important in its own right but, it is how […]

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is the attractiveness of a home when viewed from the street. Good curb appeal is essential for resale and it makes an excellent first impression for guests. If you have the opportunity to select your own exterior finishes, try to keep a few things in mind: If you are ever going to sell […]

House Addition (6′-0″ matters) by Jason Egeline

6’-0” doesn’t seem like much unless your kitchens only 6’0” to begin with. Like many folks who are looking for just enough, my Architect wife and I laid out a plan to add “just enough” to our kitchen to make it comfortable for our family and have a little room for guests. With this addition […]

Our Guide to Prevent Outdated Spaces

All of CWG’s interior designers are on the same page about trends. We don’t like to use “the next greatest color/material” unless we know it is going to last functionally and aesthetically. Put your “dream space” Pinterest board to the test by asking these questions about the design: Are the features functional? Barnwood walls are […]

A color is the effect of electromagnetic waves registered by our brain and eyes. Yet, it plays a very important role in all of our lives. Color has the ability to create feelings, awareness, and moods. Designers and homeowners have the ability to utilize color appropriately to create certain moods in any given space. What […]

Get to know Tyece Pool

If you weren’t a designer what would you be? I can’t begin to describe how envious I am of Emma Watson after watching the new Beauty and the Beast. If I wasn’t a designer, I would be Belle. Morning routine? Breakfast and coffee with my boys followed by a scenic commute to the office What’s […]

Hobbies and Architecture can and should coexist

We all know how writers get writer’s block; well it is no different for designers. Let’s face it; all creative people hit a wall at some point. The architecture profession unfortunately holds on to these old romantic notions that we must chain ourselves to our work until it is done. I would argue that this […]