Ask the Architect: San Gimignano Architecture

San Gimignano

A few weeks back I got my second question from a reader. (Thank you, Emily!) Sorry to say I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to post an answer for you yet, but here it is! The question: Hi Connie, In your opinion, how does San Gimignano’s architecture reflect its rise and fall of wealth and/or economic success and prosperity? Best, Emily My answer: Hi Emily, Thank … Continue reading

Ask the Architect – My First Real Question

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For years I have offered to share my limited wisdom and expertise with you readers, but the response so far has been meager, to put it mildly. Ever since I started the Dynamic Family Home site back in May 2010 I have urged you to find me an intriguing question or two related to architecture, and finally; my First question from a Real Reader has arrived. It is quite thrilling! … Continue reading

Hooray For The Home Team

The white anemone is a diversion with our makeshift kitchen in the background

Is your house ever in such a state that you *hope* noone drops by? Then you make a concerted effort to clear and shine everything before some anniversary, when a group of friends, who you invited several weeks ago in a fit of bravado, come to visit. For our part, with four kids, a big house, and two working adults, this is more like the normal state than the exception. … Continue reading

Architectural Fees – What is Appropriate?

Norwegian money

I was at a social gathering one night and the conversation turned to prices for architectural services, of all things… An acquaintance told me (slightly upset) that he had paid more than 60,000 NOK (approx. 8000 EUR) in architectural fees even before he put the shovel in the ground! After interrogating him about what kind of services the architect had done I had to disagree that this was an exorbitant … Continue reading

Photo Safari in Oslo – Goal: See Teachers House

Photo Safari in Oslo

I must admit that I’m not particularly fond of Oslo. When I chose to settle down in Trondheim, which is approx. 500 kilometers North of my childhood home, it was not completely by accident. Yet, I always discover something interesting when I visit the capital city. Like for instance, last weekend, when we found Wergeland’s old stable in this idyllic residential enclave by Fredensborgveien. Oslo can be perceived as rather … Continue reading

Egg Decor and Creative Climbing

Egg Decor and Creative Climbing

The best thing about Easter is the time spent together in the cabin doing things like board games, drawing, cooking, and last but not least, decorating Easter eggs! A box of eggs and a painting kit is all that is needed to bring out the creativity in us all. But afterwards we must go outdoors and move our bodies! The toughest of us actually go ice bathing, accompanied by proper … Continue reading

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