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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

60th Year Recap

We are very lucky to have just celebrated our 60th year of architecture and design service. The 60th year brought new staff, new projects, parties and community involvement. Here are some highlights of 2017! We are looking forward to what 2018 has to offer! Stay tuned to watch our office remodel come to life in […]

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 […]

COMMERCIAL Vs. RESIDENTIAL

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 […]

Our Guide to Prevent Outdated Spaces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 […]