The Quintessential Montana Cabin

The original 1 room log cabin was, in its distilled form, a place to sleep and to keep from freezing. Over the last 100 years it, like most homes, has transformed into something else altogether. With that, I wanted to reach back into time and resurrect an original; something representative of our western roots. Now […]

What is an Average House?

These days it is getting increasingly hard for young couples to afford their own home. We’ve all heard the term “starter home,” well anymore what exactly does that mean? This generation of architects is no different than many of the previous generations. What I am talking about is the struggles and how very disheartening it […]

Evolution of Technology in Architecture

Today designers have all sorts of software tools to help them delineate their ideas accurately. These days the challenge seems to be how to keep up with all the updates and changes to Revit, but for a minute let’s go back in time to the 1760’s and consider how draftsmen solved these complicated problems without […]

Winter Toll On Buildings

This winter has been a textbook lesson on the toll weather can take on our buildings. We have had snow and ice on the ground (and roof) for many consecutive weeks without any sustained thaws to completely remove the snow. The freeze-thaw cycle has resulted in ice damming on roofs that we haven’t experienced for […]

The Power of Paisley

Have you ever wondered about those trippy floral patterns and where this intricate pattern came from? Well, not surprisingly, its origins lie in ancient Persia. During the height of the British Empire, the East India Company is widely credited with bringing this creation to western civilization in the 1700’s. Shortly thereafter, the pattern began appearing […]

Sneak Peak into Residential Design

Designing for residential clients is a very rewarding experience.   The main difference I find between residential and commercial design is the personal connections to the space and the relationships we form with the clients. To design according to our standards, we must first get to know the client personally. Good residential design is specific […]

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 […]

Interior Design in My Life: Tyece Pool

My life has been fully saturated with interior design lately. All clients present different challenges, but working for yourself is another animal entirely. My husband and I have been remodeling our home for over a year and living through a remodel is not easy. He is an extremely detailed contractor, which has proven to be […]

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 […]