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 […]

City of Gig Harbor’s New Welcome Center & Lift Station#4

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 in Brett Marlo Designs
City of Gig Harbor’s New Welcome Center & Lift Station#4

We hope you didn’t miss the open house to discover the possibilities for the City of Gig Harbor’s new welcome center + Lift Station #4. Brett Marlo Designs submitted 2 concepts that we would LOVE to share with you!   Here’s the link for more info: http://www.gigharborguide.com/ghg-events.php?event=30341

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 […]

What makes a city sustainable?

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Part Two: What makes a city sustainable? By Brett Marlo DeSantis In part one, we discussed creating livable cities fostering connectivity, creating jobs and thriving economies bustling with locals and tourists. The City of Vancouver knows how to do just that. They recently won a World Green Building Council Government Leadership Award for Best Green […]

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.