Hardwood Flooring in the Kitchen

I love hardwood floor in a kitchen. I know some people get concerned about ruining them due to all the cooking that takes place here. There’s really not a need to worry though. Hardwood flooring is durable with some care. Mostly we swept our floors. It’s a low-tech, quiet way to care for them. Wood is  also warmer both visually and underfoot than tile and concrete. Wood offers natural beauty and an organic nature that has timeless appeal. It adds so much to a kitchen.

Have you been on the fence about putting wood flooring in your kitchen? Does this help you make up your mind?

The homes I grew up in had wood floors in the kitchens. We had three dogs and numerous children in our house. My parents still prefer wood floors in their kitchen.



Modern Style in the Big Apple

An Award-Winning Design:
New York Penthouse Apartment with Rooftop Garden

I love this New York penthouse apartment. It’s open, full of light, and opens to a rooftop garden. Numerous green and sustainable components were used in this renovation. The lines are clean and linear and yet there is a sculptural aspect to the space as well. This is an excellent example of why it pays to hire an architect for renovations, a remodel and new build jobs. If you get a good architect, you just can’t go wrong.

Hmm, I have to take that last statement back. I’ve seen some homes “designed” by architects where the owners actually dictated more of the design than the architect. The relationship between owner and architect is certainly a collaborative one; however, owners with no design sense are better off leaving key design decisions to the professional. Note the adjective “good” used above to describe which architect to hire.

If I lived in New York City I would want a rooftop garden.

What do you think of this apartment? Would you want to live here? Are you a fan of modern architecture? Read more and see more photos at the websites listed below.

Awards include:

Interior Design Best of Year 2008 Eco-Residential Winner
AIA NY State Award of Excellence 2009

Learn more about the architect: JoelSandersArchitect.com.
All photos from JoelSandersArchitect.com

Read more about this award-winning design at Architizer.com

More photos, and text if you can read French: Un Green Penthouse  It appears the rooftop also has an outdoor shower. Très amusement!



Evening of Architecture and Design

Good Design Makes All the Difference

Some home owners are opting to stay in their homes and renovate and improve their homes rather than move. The Star Tribune/AIA “Evening of Architecture and Design” takes place on Wednesday, March 16th and offers people the chance to talk with local architects about their home and ideas. The evening includes a panel discussion titled “Designed to Stay, “ about ways to remake your home to work for the way you live today and for the long-term. You’ll also see the winners of the “Home of the Month” contest. Here’s more information:

The All-Star Panel:

The event will feature panelists Christine Albertsson, AIA, Albertsson Hansen Architects; Eric Odor, AIA, SALA Architects, John Gavin Dwyer, AIA, John Gavin Dwyer Architect and Dennis Wedlick, AIA, Dennis Wedlick Architects, New York. Architectural critic Linda Mack will be moderating the event.

Event Details:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
5:30: Visit the AIA Minnesota office and view all of the Home of the Month entries, then enjoy a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres in Studio 185, just across the hall from the AIA Minnesota office.
6:00: Presentation of Home of the Month winning entries
6:15-7:00: Panel discussion
7:15: Q & A


International Market Square
275 Market Street, Suite 54
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405
Registration at the AIA Minnesota office, Suite 54
Program next-door in Studio 185

Deadline to register is March 16, 2011 at noon.

Register for the Evening of Architecture and Design Event here at the AIA Minnesota website or call 612-338-6763.