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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]