Shelter: Survival, Sense of Place + Social Status (Part 2)

By Brett Marlo DeSantis All living things on this planet need a form of shelter to survive. A fairly simple concept—shelter—something that forms a place of protection. Yet the subject is far from simple. How do we meet our basic needs in today’s built environment? We have become a somewhat static civilization. Most of our […]

Shelter; Survival, Sense of Place + Social Status (Part 1)

By Brett Marlo DeSantis All living things on this planet need shelter. In fact, most would consider shelter one of the few basic needs to survive. A fairly simple concept—shelter—something that forms a place of protection. Yet the subject is far from simple. First and foremost, we need the built environment for refuge. What that […]

Shelter and it’s Significance

June 2016 By Brett Marlo DeSantis All living things on this planet need shelter. In fact, most would consider shelter one of the few basic needs to survive. A fairly simple concept—shelter— something that forms a place of protection. Yet the subject is far from simple. From single houses to multi-unit dwellings, we have options. […]

Making Over Manufacturing: From Mechanization to Makers’ Spaces (Part 2)

Making over manufacturing: from mechanization to makers’ spaces; A modern day Renaissance Part 2 By Brett Marlo DeSantis Is the Maker movement the versatile response to the industrialist revolution we are in search of; innovation in our backyards? Yes! Maker culture is diverse, equitable and accessible culture. Generations thrive by working together. Resourcefulness and sharing   […]

Making Over Manufacturing: From Mechanization to Makers’ Spaces (Part 1)

Making over manufacturing: from mechanization to makers’ spaces; A modern day Renaissance Part 1 By Brett Marlo DeSantis We are living in amazing times! In this modern day Renaissance, we are in the process of shaping the future of human civilization. From water-wheels to clocks to the steam engine, humans continued to work toward improving the design […]

An Intentional Way of Life

February 2016 Issue GHLL By Brett Marlo DeSantis Ravish natural resources, manufacture toxic things, produce more and more stuff with a less skilled workforce, developing a world of waste requiring rules and regulations to protect us from the stuff we have brought into being. Was this the intention of the Industrial Revolution? Industrialists were eager […]

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 […]

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 […]