Located in a 100-year-old historic neighborhood lined with Queen Anne and Craftsman-style homes sits the Greenlea, one of my favorite projects. This infill home is situated on a narrow corner lot facing a beautiful park in Michigan. Though you wouldn’t know by looking at it, this location presented us with a few challenges. [...]
Designing a Dual-Purpose, Luxury Outdoor Living Space Luxury Living: Designing an Outdoor Space for Entertaining & Relaxing Written by Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA, principal & founder of Visbeen Architects, Inc. The desire for outdoor living spaces has increased exponentially over the years. Homeowners who were once satisfied with a glorified fire pit and some [...]
Like many architects, I like to give my clients options. One of the first questions I ask a new client is which design style do you prefer—traditional, transitional, contemporary or rustic? From the exterior facade to the interior fixtures, this is a crucial question that impacts each element in the home. No matter what design [...]
Three Ways to Transform a Small Space with an Electric Fireplace When I’m designing new homes for my clients, I’m given a blank slate, the ability to add amenities without constraint. However, not every project involves new construction. Some homebuyers are moving into existing homes or simply looking to add some pizazz to their [...]
There are countless ways to boost the value of your home, from refurbishing the roof to adding an outdoor pavilion in the backyard. One of the best ways to increase the value of a home is adding a fireplace.