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 […]

Free building materials, why not?

Posted on May 8, 2012 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Free building materials, why not? By Brett Marlo DeSantis Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you already have the materials for your next project right in front of you? Did I mention they are already bought and paid for? Imagine removing an entire wall and transporting it to be reused as an entire wall. That’s just […]

You are what you breathe.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 in inspiring INvironmentalism

You are what you breathe. By Brett Marlo DeSantis Did you know that most of us are indoors ninety percent of our day? While we are inside we (or at least I) imagine what our world we be like without the repercussions of the industrial age–a world where humans live their lives aligned with nature. […]

Will you LABEL me please?

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Will you LABEL me please? By Brett Marlo DeSantis So by now you may have gathered that I am a bit “green.” I am actually OK with being labeled. I have an identity and defining characteristics. My label might read: sourced in the U.S.A…. re-use organs before recycling. While labeling a person is an extreme […]

Pt. Hadlock fireplace wall – before-n-after

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 in before-n-after, Brett Marlo Designs
Pt. Hadlock fireplace wall – before-n-after

This new look contemporized both the kitchen and living room spaces in one fell swoop, adding warmth visually and physically (INvironmentally.) So you want a new look for your fireplace? Are you considering more efficiency while also getting more comfort, better views, and making life just plain easier? In this project, Brett re-used the current location of this one-sided […]