We are excited to be working with the owners of this house who have a such a vision for simplicity of form and materials. The simplicity of the form is enlivened by the beauty and life of the materials: true slate roof, exposed timbers, and thoughtfully laid stone that has been hand-cut on-site. As the eye ranges over this house it is not bored, nor is it over-stimulated by many elements competing for attention, rather the order, pattern and beauty of materials bring life to the structure. When it is completed, we hope that visitors will feel like they’ve stepped across the ocean, if only for a minute.
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No, not the shoes…people who sketch! Something that most people in the architectural field started doing when they were a kid or found interesting in art class is sketching in place–going somewhere, be that a park bench, a bus-stop, a sidewalk cafe, a city square or just a seat on a front stoop, and drawing what you see in front of you. The Urban Sketchers are an international group of people connected by the web who enjoy location drawing in mostly urban situations and share their passion and works with one another and with anyone who is interested. They state their mission in this fashion:
We aim to show the world, one drawing at a time.
Location drawing is probably something that most architects would like to do more of…so let their work be an inspiration to you. Get out and sketch!
We recently visited the shop of a local craftsman who works on many of the projects we design. W.B. Richardson makes beautiful furniture, cabinetry, doors and more. His shop is located in Townsend, Tennessee, at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Wade and his staff are artists and it shows in the proportions, finishes and details of all their pieces. They even have a little forge set up to make their own hardware for their furniture pieces. Wade is also known for his unique stick furniture, crafted out of branches and twigs which are fastened into pieces of furniture that could be called art and would fit right in on a Lord of the Rings set.
Drop by the next time you are in Townsend and look through the gallery, you might even get a tour of the shop while you are there. Following are some photos from our visit…
Custom cabinetry by W.B. Richardson
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Jonathan Miller Architects is pleased to announce that one of our recently completed projects has been certified as an ENERGY STAR 2.5 Qualified Home. A typical Energy Star home is 20%-30% more energy efficient than an average new home. We are proud to be involved in a project that is making efforts to respect the environment by reducing energy consumption.