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 […]

Tiny Home Makes BIG Impact in Gig Harbor

We are thankful for the wonderful press + pics! Journalist: Andrea Haffly Photographer: Veronica Foley check out the story here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/gateway/g-living/article75846497.html  

Hemp as Building Material, Part 2

Posted on Nov 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 […]

Hemp as Building Material Part 1

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

From sprouting to doubting By Brett Marlo DeSantis Hemp produces 250 times more fiber than cotton, suppresses weeds, requires no pesticides and enriches soil with nitrogen. Hemp for a whole house can be grown on just a few acres of land in just a few months. This quick turnaround makes it a very affordable sustainable […]

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 […]

Cultivate culture by salvaging structures. Part one.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

“Protect the past. Shape the future.”-DAH&P By Brett Marlo DeSantis   Why would we want to preserve buildings? Well, frankly it’s a good thing; good for you, your community, your pocketbook, our nation and our environment. Whether it’s a house, barn, theater, notable fishing site, garden, sculpture or commercial building, we quite literally shape the […]

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 […]

Designing Walkable Communities

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism, Uncategorized

Home redefined + reconsidered: Designing walkable communities By Brett Marlo DeSantis When people ask about your home, what do you say? Do you comment upon the structure you live in, the neighborhood, or your location within the community? By definition, your home is the place where you live. So, why did you choose where you live? […]