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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Free building materials, why not?

Posted on May 8, 2012 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Free building materials, why not? By Brett Marlo DeSantis Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you already have the materials for your next project right in front of you? Did I mention they are already bought and paid for? Imagine removing an entire wall and transporting it to be reused as an entire wall. That’s just […]

Will you LABEL me please?

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Will you LABEL me please? By Brett Marlo DeSantis So by now you may have gathered that I am a bit “green.” I am actually OK with being labeled. I have an identity and defining characteristics. My label might read: sourced in the U.S.A…. re-use organs before recycling. While labeling a person is an extreme […]