What makes a city livable, if not lovable?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Part One: What makes a city livable, if not lovable? By Brett Marlo DeSantis What makes a city livable? How do you define your quality of living? The air smells clean (fingers crossed), you’re not sick (knock on wood), you’re employed (phew!) and (thankfully) only alone when you choose to be? Some of the first […]

Farmhouse bathroom before-n-after

Farmhouse bathroom before-n-after

Imagine a silo. You are now standing in it! This remodeled bathroom exists within a silo attached to the client’s home. We kept the footprint as is (really, who wants to structurally change a silo?$?) We updated this compact bathroom to be low-maintenance and beautiful! Here’s what we accomplished: we upgraded the cabinets and layout, employed a […]

Gig Harbor Condo bathroom before-n-after

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in bathroom, before-n-after, Brett Marlo Designs
Gig Harbor Condo bathroom before-n-after

Remodeled to sell and looking great on a tight budget: This typically bland (almost institutionally designed) apartment style bathroom is transformed into a modern upscale, low maintenance, water conserving bathroom suitable to this condo located on prime real estate.

Much to do about LOTS.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Much to do about LOTS. By Brett Marlo DeSantis My daughter and I are outside enjoying the mild spring evening. We begin with jumping up and down on our trampoline until we reach near exhaustion (well, at least on my part.) We gently fall down and lay on the springy bottom looking up at the […]

Dear Santa,

Dear Santa, By Brett Marlo DeSantis Santa baby, just slip some organic produce under the tree for me; Been an eco-friendly lady, Santa baby, So hurry down my sealed ductwork tonight. Santa baby, a compostable bin too, light blue; I’ll wait up for you, dear; Santa baby, So climb through my triple-glazed windows tonight. Think […]

Gig Harbor condo kitchen remodel before-n-after

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 in before-n-after, Brett Marlo Designs, kitchen
Gig Harbor condo kitchen remodel before-n-after

Well you know we believe that building trends is what resale depends upon and this project was aimed to sell! Our client approached us with selling in mind. And while we designed to their tastes, we also kept the market in serious mind. Their goal was to update this condo while also getting the most bang […]

Building trends on what resale depends

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Building trends on what resale depends By Brett Marlo DeSantis I love to keep you in the know so this month let’s talk about trends. I aim to enlighten in 650 words or less! The design build industry is taking hold of sustainability trends and employing them in a various ways. Let’s begin with the […]

SMART gadgets = SMARTer consumers

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 in inspiring INvironmentalism

SMART gadgets = SMARTer consumers By Brett Marlo DeSantis Gadgets, gadgets, gadgets, oh my! And smarter than ever, at least that’s what they have named them – SMART gadgets. You may ask (and I hope you do) if electronics are really smart. Do they show a quick-witted intelligence? In the tech world, SMART often refers […]

The WHOLE design process

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 in inspiring INvironmentalism

The WHOLE design process By Brett Marlo DeSantis The building industry has many buzz words and phrases that you may recognize like “green design” and “sustainability.” You may have also heard “Integrated Design” or “Integrated Project Delivery.” If these phrases are unfamiliar, let me assure you they won’t be for long. Green design is the […]

The new workspace redefines the workplace

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 in inspiring INvironmentalism

The new workspace redefines the workplace By Brett Marlo DeSantis So you are now working from home, or perhaps considering it? You may call it homeshoring or homesourcing. The truth is more of us are working from home every day. We are pursuing our own passions in business by choice or by necessity. You may […]