Redesigning Our City Streets

Posted on Aug 2, 2017 in community, Gig Harbor

Featured in the August 2017 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis The City of Gig Harbor is currently re-imagining its transportation plan and you are invited to take part in the process! The first two public workshops took place in June and were named pop-up studios. On June 22, the public […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Gig Harbor condo kitchen remodel before-n-after

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 in before-n-after, Brett Marlo Designs, kitchen
Gig Harbor condo kitchen remodel before-n-after

Well you know we believe that building trends is what resale depends upon and this project was aimed to sell! Our client approached us with selling in mind. And while we designed to their tastes, we also kept the market in serious mind. Their goal was to update this condo while also getting the most bang […]

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 […]

SMART gadgets = SMARTer consumers

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 in inspiring INvironmentalism

SMART gadgets = SMARTer consumers By Brett Marlo DeSantis Gadgets, gadgets, gadgets, oh my! And smarter than ever, at least that’s what they have named them – SMART gadgets. You may ask (and I hope you do) if electronics are really smart. Do they show a quick-witted intelligence? In the tech world, SMART often refers […]