ArchiTECHS Blog

Thankfully, I'm busy enough that I'm unable to get around to posting much about recent work...

Monday, March 10, 2014

A condominium project I'm currently building in SketchUp for a local firm.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Great Room Rendering

A recent interior project required some visualization prior to beginning the working drawings.  I was able to complete the rendering below in about 10 hours.  The view represents a proposed Great Room interior at 1:00pm on July 1st in Ann Arbor - prior to adding interior lighting.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Interiors - Sisters of Mary Priests' Residence

Entry / Sitting Room

Vestibule w/ residence suite beyond
Living room

Dining area

Altar and chapel interiors by Michael Coster



Lower level view looking east

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Enhanced visualization - an advantage of BIM

A typical "cut-away" view of a 3D BIM model can greatly assist in understanding the design
Exact materials can be applied and reviewed
Every joist and stud can be counted for cost estimating

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jan. 12 visit - just prior to occupancy permit

The utility room and o.h. door was changed to be a usable space w/sliding door.

The sliding (mirrored) doors help create a spacious corridor back to the bedrooms.

Lots of pantry space, and two fridges to handle the appetites!

Chapel end wall with donated olive wood crucifix under construction.

hmm... this could have used some more attention...

best window view in the house... of the Sisters' motherhouse.

Apparently, the half-walls & columns met the budget axe.

...i wold have placed a hard cushion there, but, maybe it'll work as something else?

Tons of room downstairs... plans for carpet tiles and a lay-in ceiling.

Monday, December 6, 2010

December visit

The heat is on indoors, and the finish guys are working as fast as they can doing everything from the oak flooring and cabinets to the tile-work and trim.  Here are some shots of today's visit...

View from Warren Road heading west toward the residence

Looking east
Hopefully we'll get some stained glass designed for the circular lite.

Stairs down to "the lower level"

We wanted to save that tree... I think we did it.

Some pea gravel missing below, but looks like it'll fit a Weber E-320 nicely.

One of the two utility rooms off the garages.

Two of the bedrooms have this view of the front door.

The other utility room.

Hope that boot bench is high enough for our tall Ugandan priests.

Ahh... the trim guys.

The kitchen gets an oak floor as well.

This bedroom has a view of the convent bell tower in the background.

Stamped concrete and some landscaping to hold back that slope... i hope.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Exterior brick complete

The brick-layer was a pro.  Look at that walking soldier course.
Shutters will make those expensive windows appear a bit bigger, later.
Landscaping is a separate bid.  Should be fun.

The Motherhouse can be seen in the distance.  Tree saved... so far.
Here's how that egress window corner condition was resolved. (by a pro!)
Should end up being a nice patio area. 
FYI... the brick is called: "Cob Set" (w/ no black bricks) from Brick Tech Architectural