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    I recognize the cover photo, a California 'retro' kitchen inspired by the Mid-Century Modern Style, designed by Caroline Loisos AIBD. She specified KraftMaid Cabinetry.
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  • 1. SUMMER 09 Back to Basics for Kitchen Makeovers · The Software Changing the Building Industry · When Designers Design Their Own Homes www.aibd.org
  • 2. © 2009 Knauf Insulation GmbH. Natural Allies I’m always on the lookout for new, more sustainable ways to design and build. That’s why I specify EcoBatt™ Insulation from Knauf for my projects. Knauf EcoBatt Glasswool gives me the same optimal performance as all their insulation, but it’s more sustainable…thanks to its abundant and renewable raw materials, high post-consumer recycled content and ECOSE™ Technology. Knauf’s revolutionary new ECOSE Technology is a binder with a lower embodied energy. It is based on rapidly renewable bio-based materials—eliminating the non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals such as phenol, formaldehyde and acrylics found in traditional fiber For more information call (800) 825-4434 ext. 8300 glass insulation. or visit us online at www.knaufinsulation.us With my focus on sustainable building, EcoBatt Insulation is the natural fit for my projects.
  • 3. SUMMER 09 3 11 12 14 CONTENTS On the Cover Feature When this California kitchen was Back to Basics for Kitchen Makeovers . . 8 remodeled to include a separate small sink Bathroom Space at a Premium. . . . . . 11 for children at one end, the result was a space that not only functioned better but Departments was also more inclusive of the youngest Business Track:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 family members. Photo by Caroline Loisos. Nowhere to Go but Up Techno-Log: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Notes A Model of Efficiency From the Executive Director’s Desk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 For the Greener Good: . . . . . . . . 12 The Path to Becoming Certifiably Green Fine Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Designer Houses in Progress ECO AWARENESS Design Lines text and cover pages are printed using SFI-certified Anthem paper using soy ink. • SFI-certified products come from North American forests managed to rigorous environmental standards. • SFI standards conserve biodiversity and protect soil and water quality, as well as wildlife habitats. • SFI forests are audited by independent experts to ensure proper adherence to the SFI standard. • SFI participants also plant more than 650 million trees each year to keep these forests thriving.
  • 4. From the Executive Director’s Desk Prospering in an Online Networking Age Recently, I attended a breakfast hosted by the American Society of Association Executives, which cited online social networking among organizations as a trend that is here to stay. Mike Morris, editor-in- SUMMER 09 chief of Professional Remodeler magazine, also sees the use of social networking tools like YouTube on the rise. I mention these two observations because creative uses of e-media may play a bigger role The American Institute of Building Design Executive Director in the prosperity of AIBD and its members than we realize. 7059 Blair Road NW, Suite 201 Steve Mickley Washington, DC 20012 steve.mickley@aibd.org Tel: 800.366.AIBD These are difficult times for designers, as the findings of our latest Fax: 202.249.2473 info@aibd.org economic survey reveal (see “Nowhere to Go but Up,” page 3), www.aibd.org but one figure especially stands out: 51% of AIBD members who participated in the survey tell us that all of their new contracts in 2009 came from referrals or, to put it another way, networking. Design Lines Editorial Board AIBD Executive Committee Chairperson President Many designers are attracting clients online by improving their Dan Sater Salvatore “Sam” Liberti, CPBD websites or participating in a variety of social networking sites. External Vice President Members Dan F Sater II, CPBD Amanda Hancock-Skiles Networking online makes a lot of sense because we know that the David Harris Secretary/Treasurer David Pillsbury Viki Wooster, CPBD Internet is where many clients go to find a stock house plan or a Jim Madsen Central District Director designer for their remodeling or custom home project. To raise the Tim Bricker Alan Kent, CPBD Viki Wooster profile of our members online, AIBD is in the process of designing Wendi Munsey Eastern District Director Bob Morales Paul R. Cole, CPBD a consumer section for its website, where potential clients could be Immediate Past President linked with AIBD members. As for you Twitterers, you can follow Gordon N. Hoehle, CPBD AIBD at www.Twitter.com/AIBD_national or me personally at www.Twitter.com/stevemickley. Published by Prosperity for AIBD and its members is really a two-way street. Just The YGS Group 1808 Colonial Village Lane Advertising Sales Manager Jody Cranford as we can help you attract clients online, you can help refer potential Lancaster, PA 17601 jody.cranford@theygsgroup.com 717-399-1900 | www.theYGSgroup.com new members to us. Over the past nine months, 66% of new members Advertising Sales Representative Senior Vice President, Advertising Stephanie Bunsick named other AIBD members as their sponsors. Even though many Susan Steeley Welter stephanie.bunsick@theygsgroup.com susan.welter@theygsgroup.com of those new recruits were initially contacted through national Editor Vice President of Creative Services Catherine Siskos marketing efforts, it took the personal connection and follow-up Jack Davidson catherine.siskos@theygsgroup.com jack.davidson@theygsgroup.com from AIBD members locally to turn their inquiries into full-fledged Graphic Designer General Manager Nancy Fureman memberships. In addition, we plan to kick off a year-long membership Dana Warfel nancy.fureman@theygsgroup.com dana.warfel@theygsgroup.com drive at the 2009 annual convention in Portland, Ore., July 8-11. Marketing Director Dan Fineberg dan.fineberg@theygsgroup.com I am encouraged that the networking efforts of our members individually and our organization as a whole will pay dividends because we are positioning ourselves perfectly for when the economy Design Lines is published quarterly by the American Institute of Building Design. Opinions expressed are those of the authors or persons quoted and are improves…and it always does. h not necessarily those of the AIBD. Steve Mickley AIBD Executive Director 2 AIBD DESIGN LINES | SUMMER 2009
  • 5. Business Track Nowhere to Go but Up As designers around the country report slow sales, an old marketing strategy resurfaces with a new twist By Steve Mickley Remember the Pet Rock? A hugely successful product, if first quarter and 8% had none at all. In the South and you want to call it that, invented by a construction worker Northeast, the numbers reporting fewer contracts are in southern California. His company was appropriately 72% and 57%, respectively. named Rock Bottom Productions. When you called The Northeast still leads the nation for getting new their offices, the perky receptionist answered the phone, contracts but not nearly as strongly as before. This year, “Hello, you have reached Rock Bottom!” 18% of the region’s members reported seeing an increase Too bad the pundits, as of press time, weren’t ready to in contracts during the first quarter compared to 43% say that about the economy’s housing sector, and as the who said so a year ago. “Business this year is about results of our latest membership survey reveal, many as bad as I can remember it in the last 40 years,” says designers would agree. A year ago, the AIBD national AIBD Connecticut Society president Thomas Schmelter. office surveyed the membership about the effect the “Housing starts in New England are down almost 50% economy was having on their businesses. This year, I from last year, and that was already a very bad year.” asked the same questions again along with some new There are still more new contracts for remodeling projects ones to discover how members are attracting clients, and additions than for new custom houses or stock home and 198 people responded, 18% more than last year. The plans. Of the survey’s respondents, nearly 20% reported results indicate, that while we haven’t hit the proverbial an increase in the number of remodeling contracts brick wall, there is a sliver of hope. Even Federal Reserve compared to 15% who saw increased demand for custom chairman Ben Bernanke sees signs that the economy’s home designs. Once again, the Northeast posted the best decline has slowed down and is more optimistic that the results, with 33% of the region’s membership reporting recession could end as early as this year. Most striking are new contracts for remodeling or additions. Sales of stock the findings that the marketing methods used by many home plans, however, continue to decline nationally, with AIBD members for decades are still the most effective 65% of those designers having absolutely no sales in the way to generate business now. First, the Figures Like last year, there are pockets of activity but also places where the numbers are grim. Nationally, 14% of the membership saw an increase in the number of new contracts during the first quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter; about 15% said sales stayed roughly the same; 58% got fewer new projects and 12% haven’t received a new commission for at least three months. Broken down by region, the Midwest continues to be the hardest hit, with 76% of its members reporting they had fewer contracts during the first quarter and an alarming 17% reporting no contracts whatsoever. But R. L. Pfotenhauer in Toledo, Ohio, is optimistic and writes, “I am 68 years old. This is not my first rodeo; patience, grasshopper!” Designers are also in survival mode in the West, where 73% had fewer contracts during the Many new contracts are for remodeling projects or additions. www.aibd.org | An official publication of the American Institute of Building Design 3
  • 6. Business Track first three months of this year. The region hit the worst Three Words: Network, Network, Network is the West, where 83% of the members said they had not Despite these bleak reports, there are design contracts sold a stock plan in the first quarter. getting signed, so how are designers attracting clients? Even though slightly more than half of respondents said Show Me the Money they had changed their marketing techniques in the past When asked how their clients obtained financing for twelve months, those efforts didn’t yield better results projects, 39% of the respondents said their clients paid compared to designers who kept their marketing strategy cash, borrowed against equity or had private loans. A the same. In both groups, 15% said they saw an increase in third reported that some projects were bank-financed business. That may be because both groups relied heavily in addition to large down payments of 20% or more. on the same tried-and-true method for attracting clients: Almost 8% of respondents reported having projects on word-of-mouth referrals, which accounted for 51% of the hold because they were awaiting a lender’s approval, and respondents’ contracts. As a distant second, 17% used 37% said they don’t poll their clients about financing. direct marketing and calling contacts to generate business David DiSpirito in Gloucester, Va., has found a nice niche while 16% attributed their new contracts to websites, 8% to and writes: “Most of my clients are retirees or are in a print advertising and 2% to job site signs. Jennifer Pippin, financial position where financing is not a problem.” a designer in Sherrills Ford, N.C., gives talks on green The most disturbing news coming from the residential building design to attract new clients. design industry is the reduced number of advance sales. Some designers are getting word-of-mouth referrals Only 4% of members nationally reported having enough using a new twist: technology. Designer Everett Pollard work for at least the next six months compared to 13% in Sunapee, N.H., doesn’t wait for former clients to pass who had that much work lined up last year. An alarming his name on but instead uses buzz marketing. The catchy 68% stated they currently had less than one month’s work phrase means getting referrals by having other people talk sold in advance, a figure that has more than doubled about your work, usually online. Pollard generates buzz in the past 12 months. As a result, many design firms about his business by plugging his design firm’s website have laid off employees. “I am down from a very busy office with a staff of eight to working alone,” writes Andy on blogs, social networks like Facebook and YouTube, Cosgrove in Cincinnati, Ohio. “Currently, I know as press releases and electronic newsletters. He credits the many unemployed designers as I do employed ones.” idea to two books: Creating Customer Evangelists: How Loyal Customers Become a Volunteer Sales Force by Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba and Buzzmarketing: Get People to Talk About Your Stuff by Mark Hughes. In addition, Pollard’s firm raises its profile by performing volunteer community services such as helping to build a pedestrian bridge and welcome center, serving on local planning boards and staying active in community organizations. Other potential marketing opportunities include competing in award programs and participating in your local chapters of the National Association of Home Builders, the International Code Council and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Lastly, Pollard recommends having your projects professionally photographed. “It is a must for your office wall, award submissions, website, brochures and press Some designers use buzz marketing on social networks like Facebook to drum up clients releases,” he says. h 4 AIBD DESIGN LINES | SUMMER 2009
  • 7. Techno-Log A Model of Efficiency Building information modeling is changing the design business for the better By Adrian Tait Designers are adaptive. We adapt to different clients, sites and builders as well as fluctuating economic conditions, market trends and climates. Most of all, as part of the design and construction of any home, we must keep pace with the steady stream of changes that multiple parties often bombard us with over a project’s duration. Increasingly, the way to keep track of all those changes is to use building information modeling software. BIM produces a three-dimensional digital representation of a building from design to construction and beyond. The software is set up so that everyone involved in the project—designers, architects, engineers, building officials and contractors—can share real-time data and test the design by building or remodeling it in the virtual world first. As a result, trouble spots are identified long before the building breaks ground, and better decisions Adrian Tait can be made for maintaining or improving the structure over its lifetime. The software is considered so efficient that a 2008 survey by McGraw Hill Construction found Three-dimensional modeling helped designers see how sunlight would move that more than 50% of building professionals use BIM across this house, which will be built using modified shipping containers. for many of their projects, with architects the heaviest users. That number is expected to grow and include productive. If the learning curve gets too steep as deadlines near, the designer can switch back to more many designers over time. familiar tools. It’s not hard to imagine a day when As a design tool, most BIM programs work by creating one three-dimensional model that is used to generate homeowners with a malfunctioning floor plans, elevations and schedules. As a result, furnace pull up the owner’s manual the effects of a single design change—for instance, substituting a picture window with a casement window— from the database and use BIM to can be assessed instantly not only on two-dimensional identify the problem and make repairs. drawings like the elevation and floor plan but in a three-dimensional virtual tour that clients can take of the room with the new window. Tools for Every Project Stage For design firms of any size, the software has the The software also simplifies the documentation of that potential to reshape every facet of their business because window so that designers might never again run afoul of there are BIM tools for a variety of purposes. Designers Murphy’s Law of Building in which the contractor always can adopt the software in stages, learning as many of looks for more detailed information on the one page of the tools as they can manage while still remaining the drawings that the designer forgot to change. With www.aibd.org | An official publication of the American Institute of Building Design 5
  • 8. Techno-Log BIM, the designer doesn’t have to spend time checking that a change is shown on all the drawings. Altering the window’s design on one of the drawings automatically changes it for all of them. Because the software acts as a project database, all sorts of information including construction costs, thermal performance, manufacturer specifications, building materials and maintenance schedules are at a designer’s fingertips. That means BIM can enhance the services designers provide their clients and streamline the design process. Along with typical construction documents, designers can use the software to extract additional information about finishes, architectural details or energy efficiency. Built-in data about the Adrian Tait amount and type of building materials required for To speed up the design process, clients can tour the house virtually to see how different finishes, materials or architectural features will look as well as compare their costs. 6 AIBD DESIGN LINES | SUMMER 2009
  • 9. the design make it easier to calculate costs and give accurate estimates without having to manually count items or enter data on a spreadsheet. So if a window style is changed, designers and their clients can evaluate the effects on the bottom line instantly by factoring in Everything Design Professionals need potential energy savings to overall construction costs. in Building Information Modeling Eventually, BIM has the potential to affect users who (BIM) software: aren’t even building professionals. It isn’t hard to imagine a day, for instance, when homeowners with a malfunctioning furnace pull up the owner’s manual from 3D Presentations the database and use BIM to identify the problem and make repairs. The software could even help save lives by Construction Documents enabling firefighters to locate hydrants and entrances of Material Takeoffs a burning house before arriving on the scene. Interior Design The Software in Action Landscape and Terrain My own firm, GreenMan Studios, specializes in And more! affordable green design and used BIM recently to design a three-bedroom contemporary mountain home using modified shipping containers known as intermodal steel building units. The house will be built according to the American National Standards Institute’s new guidelines for green building. Because the standards are new, BIM helped keep 30-DAY FREE TRIAL everyone on the team clear about how to design the Experience the power of house so that it would meet the institute’s requirements Envisioneer with our free for certification. Early on, the three-dimensional trial download at: modeling showed us how sunlight will move across www.cadsoft.com the building, penetrate interior spaces and overheat unprotected window areas, a problem we were able to address straight away thanks to the software. Later, we used BIM to track and evaluate multiple bids from subcontractors and suppliers to keep the project on budget. When I met with my client, the three- dimensional model helped us resolve design changes in one meeting, a process that ordinarily takes weeks. As for my client, she was thrilled to walk through the virtual house and see how her new green home will look when it is built. h Adrian Tait owns GreenMan Studios, a green design firm in Boone, N.C., and recently passed his LEED AP exam. He is currently at work designing carbon neutral homes sales@cadsoft.com | 1.888.CADSOFT using BIM. www.aibd.org | An official publication of the American Institute of Building Design 7
  • 10. The worst housing market since the Great Depression has an upside for designers: Homeowners are more inclined to stay put and improve what they already have. Often, that Caroline Loisos means updating an old kitchen to make it more attractive and functional. Even in these tough times, homeowners are amply rewarded for those efforts. A 2008 study by Remodeling magazine found that homeowners were able to recoup 76% of the cost (about $56,600 on average) of a major kitchen renovation and 71% of an upscale kitchen makeover that cost nearly $111,000 on average to redo. Despite those returns, many consumers are scaling back their remodeling plans, but they’re looking for ways to cut costs without sacrificing “the bones of the kitchen, which remain the same,” says AIBD designer Jim Madsen of Design Classics in Turlock, Calif., who is also certified by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. That skeleton typically consists of a more open floor plan with better lighting, multiple work zones and a kitchen island that keeps children and guests out of the way. Homeowners, though, are rethinking high-end appliances and countertops and whenever possible prefer to work within the kitchen’s existing footprint rather than pursue costly structural changes. Because the recession Above right: This kid-friendly kitchen has a separate sink for children and an island that keeps them out of harm’s way. Right: When the kitchen expanded outward eight feet, the sink, which never moved, went from an outside wall to an island with countertops made of closely fitted tiles, an affordable Jim Madsen alternative to granite. 8 AIBD DESIGN LINES | SUMMER 2009
  • 11. Back to Basics for Kitchen Makeovers In hard times, high-end kitchens are giving way to clever, cost-cutting designs By Catherine Siskos is altering the way people shop, storage space is changing to include supplies bought in bulk. Mostly, homeowners want to resolve the existing kitchen’s most vexing constraints with clever innovative approaches tailored for their family’s needs. Tailor-Made Solutions A creative individualized approach was critical in two remodeling projects where the sink’s placement was pivotal to the design. When Caroline Loisos was asked to update a 1960s kitchen for her clients last year, the problem wasn’t a lack of space but the need to reconfigure it. With three young children and two full-time jobs outside the home, “the clients wanted a kitchen where the kids could be part of the activity but stay out of harm’s way,” says Loisos of Loisos Design in Encinitas, Calif. So Loisos designed a U-shaped kitchen and added a long central island as a protective barrier. To the left of the upside-down U was the kitchen’s main work zone with a sink for the adults to use, and to the right was a clear path to a small kid-size sink where the children could wash their hands, rinse fruit or get a drink. They could also help their parents by fetching ingredients from the fridge fitted into a wall of cabinets on the children’s side of the island. The result was a kitchen that functioned better and was also more inclusive of the youngest family members. For one of Madsen’s clients, the sink was the problem not the solution. Because of the septic tank’s location, moving the sink was prohibitively expensive, so Madsen designed the kitchen’s expansion around it—literally. Even though the outside wall where the kitchen sink once was had moved about eight feet to expand the space, www.aibd.org | An official publication of the American Institute of Building Design 9
  • 12. sometimes introduces a tube skylight to flood the space with natural light, a strategy that works well for small kitchens with no floor above them or room to grow. The plexiglass skylight is connected to a metal cylinder, which resembles a heating duct, and sends outside light down the tube’s reflective lining to the space below. “Oftentimes, you can bend the tubes to get around a truss or attic, and they’ll go quite a distance,” says Madsen. Some homeowners are also reconsidering high-end professional appliances like Viking and Sub Zero in favor of new lower-priced professional lines from manufacturers like Kenmore and Kitchen-Aid. Madsen John Tsantes reports that many clients are also selecting standard 30-inch-deep fridges instead of the pricey but shallower cabinet-depth size. To maintain the look of fitted Because his clients were self-proclaimed chefs who liked to entertain, designer Marc O’Grady created a kitchen fit for a restaurant with two appliances, he brings out the adjacent cabinetry so that dishwashers and a Viking stove, but increasingly, many clients are the deeper fridge looks built-in. sacrificing expensive appliances. The Costco Effect the sink stayed put. “It just went from the wall to an As more homeowners buy supplies in bulk to save island,” says Madsen. The T-shaped workspace was money, the nature of kitchen storage is changing, but not ideal because it placed the sink in the path of foot walk-in pantries aren’t always possible in older kitchens, traffic from adjoining rooms. Because his clients had no where space is usually at a premium. Instead, “we’re children, Madsen could make the design work by allowing doing a lot of built-in pantry cabinets that give you more extra room for people to get by. storage but take up less floor space,” says Marc O’Grady, Masters of Illusion a designer and project manager with Grossmuellers Sometimes, the most cost-effective kitchen renovations Design Consultants in Washington, D.C. These floor-to- require fooling the eye. For instance, when the clients ceiling pantry cabinets can take up an entire wall and with the T-shaped kitchen winced at the cost of granite even be in another room. For one of O’Grady’s clients, counters, Madsen substituted 12-by-12-inch tiles set that wall of cupboards was just off the kitchen in a closely together with no grout lines to give the impression hallway to the dining room and served as an appliance of granite slab. Increasingly, cost-conscious consumers garage, housing a variety of kitchen gadgets and gizmos are considering other materials, he says. “I’ve had clients that the owners didn’t want crowding counters in their willing to look at laminate, with Corian the lowest they’re spacious remodeled kitchen. willing to go.” Even laminate manufacturers are stepping Storage is so important that Loisos spends a great deal up to meet the demand by introducing counters with of time determining her client’s cooking habits and the edge detail or that can incorporate an under-mounted amount of shopping they regularly do before sketching sink, an option that the material didn’t permit before. her designs, which include detailed descriptions of the Because poor natural lighting is a frequent complaint contents for drawers, shelves and cupboards. Even of homeowners wanting to remodel, designers are also before we ordered the cabinets, “we knew where the oils finding subtle ways to brighten kitchens. Loisos uses and cereals would go and where the Ziploc bags and fewer cabinets above the counters on walls with windows Handi-Wraps would go,” she says. “That way homeowners to allow as much daylight to penetrate the room. Madsen know exactly what to do with their cabinets.” h 10 AIBD DESIGN LINES | SUMMER 2009
  • 13. Bathroom Space at a Premium Some of the cost-cutting features in kitchens have yet to reach master bathrooms, which continue to borrow lavish design elements from other parts of the house. Crown moldings and tray ceilings deep enough to allow for a chandelier are just some of the ways designer builder George VanDusen of Phoenix Construction in Orangevale, Unique Angles Photography Calif., transforms ho-hum master bathrooms into grand elegant spaces. As with kitchens, remodeled bathrooms today are brighter with multiple levels of light, including canned, task and mood lighting. “We like to drop the crown molding and put lighting behind it so that it reflects onto the recessed ceilings,” says VanDusen. This four-foot-deep Japanese Full-length glass shower doors are another way to let in more light, with some walk- soaking tub takes up less space than a conventional bathtub, in showers deep enough to forfeit doors altogether. More controversial is whether to freeing up room for additional eliminate a tub to create space for larger showers and vanities. Although Jeff Doyle, storage and a larger shower. a designer with Kaufman Homes in Salem, Ore, promotes that solution, many of his clients aren’t ready to jettison their bathtubs, but one client came up with an inventive compromise: a Japanese soaking tub. Although the tub only takes up four square feet of floor space, its depth allows the bather to soak in water up to the neck while seated. Master bathrooms are also becoming more segmented with a separate water closet for the toilet. “We try to make them about four feet wide so people don’t feel like they’re trapped in this little room,” says Doyle. Where possible, he’ll add a small window or use only a half wall as a partition so that the space is private but not claustrophobic. Doyle’s clients with the soaking tub enlarged the bathroom by eight feet to allow for more built-in cabinets, but they are the exception. “Most of the work we do is within the original footprint, just rearranging or updating the fixtures,” he says. One way those fixtures are getting updated is with a vanity that resembles furniture, an old-fashioned look inspired by country-style kitchens with unfitted cabinetry. The vanities do away with toe kicks and sit up off the floor on legs. Sometimes, they really are furniture, just dressers with the tops cut out John Tsantes to make room for a double sink. VanDusen even constructed one vanity for a client so that it matched the detailed woodwork of her grandmother’s Bathroom vanities are made to look like antique armoire in the master bedroom, proof that furniture by eliminating toe kicks and eventually everything old becomes new again. h sitting up off the floor on legs instead. www.aibd.org | An official publication of the American Institute of Building Design 11
  • 14. For the Greener Good The Path to Becoming Certifiably Green The differences between two programs offering green building credentials are weighed By Heather Attardo Whether you believe green building is a passing fad or a year, the Green Building Certification Institute took growing trend, one thing is clear: Designers with green over administering the credentialing requirements and credentials can expand the range of projects they are able recently restructured the program to offer a three- to do. The difficulty is determining which accreditation is part series of graduated credentials—green associate, worth pursuing. accredited professional and fellow. Courses are offered through workshops and online seminars. While the two leading standard bearers—the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and the National While green associates develop a general overview of Association of Home Builders—both offer worthwhile green building practices, the accredited professional or green certification programs for building professionals, AP credential offers the option of specializing in one of there are subtle differences of emphasis in the curriculum five new areas, including a home specialty beginning and requirements. For instance, designers who don’t this summer. That specialty teaches professionals about like hitting the books may prefer the NAHB program, designing and building healthful, comfortable homes which requires fewer continuing education credits. On that create less waste while conserving energy, water and the other hand, for designers who like learning from the other natural resources. Additional new areas of specialty comforts of home or work, only the LEED program offers include operations and maintenance, high-rise building the option of taking classes online. The two programs are design and construction for commercial and residential described in more detail below. projects, interior design and construction and, starting next year, neighborhood development. LEED The U.S. Green Building Council oversees LEED and To become LEED certified, designers must pass a has certified more than 100,000 building professionals two-part exam covering the green associate criteria since the accreditation program began in 2001. Last as well as an AP specialty. There are no prerequisites for taking the exam, but candidates should have experience with green building and familiarity with LEED standards. Study guides are available through the Green Building Certification Institute (www.GBCI. org). After passing the exam, designers must take 30 hours of continuing education credits every two years to maintain certification. Although members of the U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org) are eligible for discounts, nonmembers can expect to pay $600 in application, exam and maintenance fees versus $450 for nonmembers to be certified for the first two years. The requirements and curriculum for the highest level—that of fellow—are still being determined. NAHB Last year, as part of an overall effort to promote green building, NAHB unveiled its own program for certifying green building professionals, including designers. Offered Designers must pass an exam to become LEED or NAHB certified. through NAHB’s University of Housing, the program 12 AIBD DESIGN LINES | SUMMER 2009
  • 15. For the Greener Good emphasizes economics by focusing on building homes designation for master’s certified professional next year, with reduced energy costs or implementing green building but it would only be available to builders and remodelers. practices that won’t drive up the price of construction. Additional topics include improving indoor air quality as Like the LEED program, NAHB also gives discounts to well as remodeling using green building objectives. members so that the total cost of the two required courses plus graduation fees is $735 for members and $935 for To earn NAHB’s designation of certified green nonmembers when the classes are taken at national professional, designers must acquire 24 hours of NAHB events. But workshops are also offered around specified training, including a two-day course on green the country through local homebuilder associations building and a one-day class in business management where the course fees can vary sharply. For instance, for building professionals. In addition, designers must the same required class on green building costs $225 for pass an exam, which is given at the end of each class, nonmembers in Grand Rapids, Mich., versus $625 for and have at least two years of industry experience. The nonmembers in Clyde, N.C. No classes are offered online. business management course requirement is waived For a complete list of courses, including their dates and for building professionals who have another current fees, visit www.nahb.org/courses. h NAHB professional designation, such as graduate master builder or certified graduate remodeler. Twelve hours Heather Attardo is a designer with 3 Trees Design & of continuing education are required every three years Drafting in Castle Rock, Colo., and plans to enroll in the to maintain certification. NAHB plans to introduce a LEED certification program. www.aibd.org | An official publication of the American Institute of Building Design 13
  • 16. Fine Design Designer Houses in Progress The houses designers create for themselves have a way of evolving over time By Catherine Siskos Like the proverbial kid in a candy store, designers who designed in the past decade, vary in style—from a green- design their own homes get to indulge their appetite constructed bachelor’s cabin to a lodge-inspired lake for architecture in ways they never fully can with their house to a Mediterranean-style luxury home—and range clients. In fact, when it comes to their own homes, dramatically in size from less than 1,000 to about 7,000 designers are remodeling addicts. They keep tinkering square feet. Not surprisingly, the designers’ own homes with the design long after the house has been built and are often extensions of themselves, reflecting not just well past the point that most people would have been their professional skills but also their individual ideals, perfectly happy with the result. Some designers even tastes and interests. refine their dream home by selling the old house and building a new one—multiple times. The Only Cabin with Space for an RV There are condominium apartments bigger than David This tendency for serial remodeling comes from a Fisse’s green-constructed home in Ashland, Ore. Just designer’s constant exposure to new building products, 960 square feet, the one-bedroom cabin plus loft sits on materials and ideas. Designers’ homes are also a visible a wooded eight acres and was constructed in 2002. An testament to their abilities, a kind of billboard for their open kitchen and living area with 20-foot-high ceilings business. Some designers’ houses even do double duty and Douglas fir wood floors make the place seem airy as model homes for clients to look at. What follows and cozy at the same time, and no square inch of space are profiles of three houses that designers created for is wasted. The house has no hallways, and along one wall themselves and their families. The houses, which were all are built-in shelves and a library ladder to access the loft. The house reflects Fisse’s environmental consciousness as well as his passion for restoring Victorian-era houses. The two interests dovetail nicely; his Ashland home has balloon framing, a 19th-century style of construction that has been rediscovered today for its efficient use of building materials. Other green features include concrete fiber siding, recycled windows and doors and a passive solar design that has the majority of the home’s windows facing south. A cupola with powered windows acts as a cooling tower, while a wood stove and radiant floors supply heat on chilly days. But the piece de resistance may just be the garage, Joseph Frodsham where the mechanically minded Fisse often spends time. Radiant-heated floors ensure that Fisse gets into a car with warm seats on even the chilliest mornings, and the garage’s ingenious design includes doors directly opposite Above: This one-bedroom house one another for vehicles to exit onto the circular driveway plus loft has a covered space next to the garage to accommodate without ever reversing. Alongside the garage, which is an RV. Left: Only 960 square tucked under the house, is a long narrow carport with David Fisse feet, the house has no staircase; instead, the loft is reached using hookups and space for an RV that Fisse never got around a library ladder. to buying. 14 AIBD DESIGN LINES | SUMMER 2009
  • 17. Fine Design Right: The award-winning addition over the garage Roger Wade Studio serves as a cozy hideaway ideal for watching winter snowstorms at Harbor Haven. Below: An admirer of the great lodges of the Adirondacks, designer Everett Pollard created a timber-framed house in a lodge style that is a marvel of exposed beams and framework. Roger Wade Studio bar at the house’s center. “We liked that feature in the last house so much that we wanted it in this one,” says Robin, who along with Everett likes to entertain guests frequently. Their home also serves as a model for clients Recently, however, Fisse put up the cabin for sale because to see different finishes and materials. he’s moving into a second home that he also designed. While the smooth-flowing layout owes much to Robin’s The new three-story house, which was built on the same sensibilities, the house’s rustic grandeur is all Everett. hillside as the cabin, offers similar views and a lot more A designer who started out as a carpenter, Everett loves space, with one other added bonus. It’s Victorian. wood, so when he began sketching Harbor Haven, it was A Timber-Framed Haven the great lodges of the Adirondacks that inspired him, Everett Pollard likes to say that the homes he designs for even though he had never designed anything like them himself always have an important client: his wife Robin. before. The lodge influence is visible throughout the The couple live in a 4,500-square-foot, lodge-inspired house’s large windows, open spaces and exposed wood timber frame home in Sunapee, N.H., that Everett beams and ceilings. The gallery especially is a marvel of designed and built about 10 years ago. intersecting framework all along its telescopic view of adjoining rooms. The timber framing throughout the Harbor Haven—so named because it’s tucked away from house didn’t come cheap; it raised construction costs the hubbub of nearby Lake Sunapee—is the third house 30%. “I totally blew the budget, and my wife aided and that the Pollards have designed for their own use, though abetted me in every way possible,” says Everett. it’s a far cry from the combination saltbox and Cape Cod they first built 30 years ago. The Pollards, though, aren’t content resting on their laurels because they continue to refine, redo and reshape With each house, the Pollards have learned things that parts of the house. The master bathroom, which they felt helped them design the next home better. For instance, was too plain, was remodeled around teal glass accent Harbor Haven offers multiple ways of getting to the main tiles that Robin found at a local fair. After touring Nappa rooms, including access around the kitchen, pantry and Valley wineries four years ago, Everett annexed space www.aibd.org | An official publication of the American Institute of Building Design 15
  • 18. Fine Design from his workshop to create a wine cellar, which he built floor and the staircase are much less elaborate versions right down to the room’s 500 wooden slots for bottles. of those Heinz has seen at the Monte Carlo resort and But the couple’s piece de resistance was an award-winning casino in Las Vegas. But even scaled down and simplified, upstairs hideaway, added over the garage several years the pinwheel with the staircase wrapped around it didn’t ago and used as a private living room. “In winter, we look complete, so Heinz added a dome directly overhead. turn on the outside lights to see the snowstorm coming “It took the attention from the detail of the floor on up to down through the picture window,” says Everett. Is there the ceiling,” he says. anything else about the house he would change? “I would Built in 2007, the house is the latest version of a floor love to have a second chance to do the lower walkout plan that Heinz first drew 25 years ago. Since then, he has level and open it up more to the outdoors,” he replies. varied, enlarged and perfected it over hundreds of homes There may be more remodeling in the Pollards’ future. designed in different styles for clients and his own family Las Vegas Comes to Idaho in three states. “I just liked the flow and the arrangement of The first thing visitors notice when they enter Michael the entry,” he says. The original design called for just 1,800 Heinz’s Mediterranean-style home in Meridien, Idaho, square feet of living space, but with each version the houses is the circular staircase. The scrolled iron railing begins grew before maxing out at his home’s current size of 7,000 its sweeping curve along the second-floor gallery, which square feet. This latest version has fewer rooms—four protrudes in a semicircle, and then winds its way down bedrooms and two home offices—that Heinz made larger, to a pinwheel-patterned floor nestled in the stairwell. The along with a game room and a laundry room big enough to dance in. Other changes to the floor plan include an exercise room that migrated from another level to just off the master bedroom suite. But the most significant change involves the circular staircase, which left a cozy enclosed space below that was perfect for a playroom. In addition to kid-size doorways, the walls have a castle-themed mural complete with a friendly green dragon. The playroom gets a thumbs up from Heinz’s toughest clients: his grandkids. h Michael Heinz Above:The pinwheel-patterned floor and curving staircase were inspired by more elaborate versions that the designer first saw in a Las Vegas casino. Right: This Mediterranean house, home to designer Michael Heinz, has a floor plan he first drew 25 years ago and has been tinkering with ever since. Michael Heinz 16 AIBD DESIGN LINES | SUMMER 2009
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