Hemp as Building Material, Part 2

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Hemp as Building Material Part 2 From doubting to touting By Brett Marlo DeSantis It is environmentally friendly, easy to use and long lasting. How does hemp become a real building material? In 1938, Popular Mechanics Magazine reported: From the farmer’s point of view, hemp is an easy crop to grow and will yield from […]

Cultivate culture by salvaging structures. Part two.

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

“Protect the past. Shape the future.”-DAH&P By Brett Marlo DeSantis If every building has its own story to tell….what would yours say? Would you save the structure if you could? Would it have historic integrity? What are the qualities of a certified historic structure? What are the benefits of historic preservation?  There are the seven qualities to assess when considering […]

Transport yourself…

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Gain time, relax and enjoy your trip. By Brett Marlo DeSantis Will you peddle a bike? Or go for a hike? Would you forgo your car if the trip was not far? Would you get on a bus if it wasn’t a fuss? Take a trip on a trolley, and bring your friend Wallie? Every […]

Designing walkable communities Part 2

Posted on May 30, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Gig Harbor, you walked + reconsidered Designing walkable communities Part 2 Check out what your fellow citizens think of our downtown! By Brett Marlo DeSantis In February, you were invited to join the City of Gig Harbor & the Downtown Waterfront Alliance in conducting a walking audit of our downtown. We thank you for your […]

Are you certifiable?

Posted on Apr 25, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis It’s in our history and nature to award a decorative object as a sign of our success. Today, we give every child a ribbon because they gave it try. They practiced and participated. It’s showing up that takes the most effort, right? I’m currently a soccer mom, and I want a […]

Think BIG, design small.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis Hopefully, by now you have read my columns on tiny houses and ADUs, and feel well-informed on some viable small building BIG living options. So let’s talk about the importance of design. It is critical in small spaces. Whether designing tiny, small or compact, time expended in the initial planning and […]

Is your home really a good investment?

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis The average American is getting older and the average American household is getting smaller. Most of us want to age-in-place where we developed our social connections and invested in our community. We are looking for financially sustainable lifestyles as solutions. And luckily, for some of us, ADUs are that answer. An […]

Why is tiny so BIG?

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Why tiny is so BIG? By Brett Marlo DeSantis In my parent’s generation size represented wealth. Bigger was always better. Now we know that’s simply not true. The more space you have, the more problems you have, whether you can afford them or not. Bigger is not an indicator of quality of life. Today, the […]

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 […]

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 […]