Architectural Delight: Happy Clients Several Years Later

No matter one’s profession, we all are appreciative when we receive recognition for good work. As an architect, most of the work we get is from referrals; from people we have had the pleasure of working with telling someone else about what we did together. Read More


Blower Door Tests are the Best!

blowerdoors1In my opinion blower door tests are the best investment a homeowner can make whether it be for an existing home, a remodel, or new construction.

In terms of energy consumption they show you exactly where the money goes and how to stop the flow. Read More


Green is the new Black: Designing Sustainably. Part 3 of 4: Health

DW-Designing-Health-11With the coming of the New Year, maybe you, like me, are thinking about your personal health. Maybe you’re looking to drop a few pounds, train for a marathon, or just get more physically fit. Read More


Project Sites: Getting To Know Your ‘Place’

KH-Project-Place-4When potential clients come in to talk to an architect about building a home, they bring with them a palpable sense of energy, excitement, anticipation and a certain amount of anxiety. Read More


Warm Holiday Greetings From SALA Architects!

BA-holiday-architects-1We live and frequently practice in a cold climate. We design homes and buildings to withstand our temperamental climatic swings and study best practices like insulation assemblies and vapor-permeable air barriers. Read More


Passing The Test: Examining Home Energy Efficiency And More

Who loves tests? Honestly, I have never been a big fan of tests. My wife. . . she loves ‘em, but then again she became a school teacher, so I guess that sort of comes with the territory for her. Read More


Sitting Lightly on the Land: Zumbro Zen

As my car rolled to a stop at the end of the cul de sac for the very first time I was struck by the heavily wooded and steeply sloping site which descended some 600’ south to the Zumbro River. Read More


Finding A Solution To A Foundation Problem

It would be logical to think that if you were recreating something that once was supported on a porch roof, the porch roof would be the place to start. In this case things are not what they seem. Read More


Still The Most Essential Tool of Architects After Hundreds of Years: Sketching

This blog post wouldn’t be plausible without the computer, and digital architectural drawings are great for detailed development, but the pencil sketch still remains intrinsic to conceptual architectural design. Read More


A Visit To An Irish Castle Turns Into An Architecture Lesson On Stone Work

My husband and I recently took a trip to Ireland to visit friends. We wanted to hear the Irish lilt, to see its quaint villages, and breath in the rolling green countryside. Read More


Architecture at a Distance: Working Out of State

Most architects have a home base. A city or community they practice from, a geography known by heart. But a cursory look through many architects’ portfolios often indicates work flung far and wide. Read More


Green is the New Black: Designing Sustainably. Part 2 of 4: Materials

In the past 20 years the building industry has seen an explosion of new materials come on the scene. Architects are challenged with keeping up with all of these available material choices, and evaluating which ones make the most sense for our clients’ needs. Read More