A Social Experiment: Gig Harbor Park(ing) Day

Featured in the September 2017 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis Why now and why in Gig Harbor? Why not Gig Harbor! What is a social experiment and why is it important? We are often so busy with life that we miss opportunities to reflect, connect and intentionally design our lives […]

Local Makers: Families Crafting Relationships Through Wood

Featured in the November 2016 Issue Of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis Chop it, cut it and plane it. Dry it. Form it into slabs, boards and veneer. Design it. Build it. Enjoy it. Meet three family-owned businesses doing just that—locally. Fallen trees become the wood that our local makers employ while […]

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 […]

Shelter; Survival, Sense of Place + Social Status (Part 1)

By Brett Marlo DeSantis All living things on this planet need shelter. In fact, most would consider shelter one of the few basic needs to survive. A fairly simple concept—shelter—something that forms a place of protection. Yet the subject is far from simple. First and foremost, we need the built environment for refuge. What that […]

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 […]