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APEX Receives Houzz Design Award

APEX Architecture has been awarded "2018 Best of Houzz" for Design by Houzz, the online website dedicated to bringing together designers, builders, and clients.  This Houzz award is award is based on several factors, including positive client reviews and portfolio recognition. APEX is delighted to have performed our work in a way that our clients recognize and appreciate!  We strive to fully understand our client's desires and needs through beautiful and lasting design, and we are thrilled to receive recognition that we are succeeding in our...

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APEX receives Houzz award

APEX Architecture has been awarded "Best of Houzz" for Service by Houzz, the online website dedicated to bringing together designers, builders, and clients.  This Houzz award is award is based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. We are delighted to have performed our work in a way that our clients recognize and appreciate!  We strive to fully understand our client's desires and needs, and are thrilled to receive recognition that we are...

Reducing Your Building’s Energy Usage, Part 1

Probably the most important construction element of any building is the exterior Building Envelope. The Building Envelope includes every surface that separates inside from outside; this includes exterior walls, roofs, floors, windows and doors, and foundation walls. How this Envelope is designed can have a remarkable impact on how much energy you need to consume (and pay for) to keep your interior spaces at the temperature, humidity, and lighting levels you desire. Sure, a large glass wall facing to the West of...

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Designing Creative Spaces

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Reducing Your Building’s Energy Usage, Overview

In the next few weeks I’d like to write a blog series about how building design can have a very large effect on how much energy buildings must consume to provide a comfortable space for us to use. As a general rule, poor building design requires very large amounts of energy to try to re-create a comfortable temperature and lighting level for us, while well-designed buildings do most of the work through proper design, requiring very little lighting and heating/cooling...

Color and materials move you through the space.

Artful Architecture is not just about the Building’s Exterior

Many times, when people are asked to imagine a beautiful building, they picture a familiar building exterior that they’ve seen or know of, maybe the Sydney Opera House, maybe Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright. To most, a building’s beauty involves picturing the building (or home) from a distance, gazing upon it, and admiring the building’s “insert term here” (symmetry, colors, movement, etc.) of the building shape. Instead, I thought it might be good to shed some light on the often...

School Designs are Changing

To put it basically, teachers are changing the way they teach and they need a school building that supports their teaching methods. For a long time, the method has been: teachers stand in the front of a classroom with a chalkboard, and lecture to their students for 50-100 minutes about a subject. Students are expected to sit there quietly for this duration, then go home and expect to spout out homework to prove to the teacher that this information has been...

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Art and Architecture (Art vs. Architecture)

There has seemingly always been this debate between Art and Architecture. What defines Art? Is Architecture Art? Where is the line drawn between them? I would venture the problem with this debate is that it assumes that if something is beautiful, it is automatically defined as “Art.” To paraphrase what spatial sculptor Richard Serra said in an interview in 2001, Architects are not artists; Art is purposely useless. In other words, a building might be beautiful in its own way, and could...

The Architecture 2030 Challenge

We've officially adopted the Architecture 2030 Challenge!  This means we've joined the ranks of many architecture firms who are committed to designing thoughtful buildings that by 2030 will be able to reach a carbon neutral operation.  This will help combat the fact that building contribute to as much as 75% of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions. Click here to read more!...

New Home Building vs. Existing Home Purchase and Renovation

When considering a new home, many times people consider one of two options; either find a vacant piece of land on which to build a new home, or buy an existing home for sale.  Within these two options, people usually break this down to two concepts.  Either you build a new home, which means that you’ll use an architect to get just what you want, but probably at a higher overall home price…or you find an existing home that might...