Architectural Fees – What is Appropriate?

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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

Architecture & the Love of Imperfection

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The imperfect has a certain charm to it. A rugged brick wall, faded paint, buildings that have visible defects – not because no one cares, but because time has done its thing and left its mark. It stands as a testimony to the history of the building, as well as to the people who have shared their lives within its walls. It has not been discarded and demolished, but continues … Continue reading

Storage Get Organized by Sir Terrence Conran

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I own a handful of precious books that I once and again take out of the bookshelf in search of valuable advice or inspiration; to read or just look at the pictures. This is one of them. Ever since I stumbled upon it in a bookstore – and couldn’t stop reading so I figured I might as well buy it – I’ve returned to this book whenever the fancy strikes … Continue reading

Storage Room Reorganized (part 2)

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Welcome to a guided tour of our new storage room (of about 10 square meters, so it won’t take too long). For more on the process, you can read part 1 first if you like. Here’s how it turned out: The picture to the left is from the doorway, looking in. We permanently closed the door behind the corner section, which used to lead to the laundry room (the access … Continue reading

Storage Room Reorganized (part 1)

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The next home improvement project on the agenda (after finishing the project Stairway and Storage Renewal) was the reorganization the other storage facilities in the basement. The starting point of this area looked like this: Picture to the left: overview of storage area, looking towards storage room III; Picture to the right: looking the opposite direction towards the laundry room with a glimpse of storage room I to the right … Continue reading

Stairway and Storage Renewal (part 2)

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Practically finished and ready to reveal I started this project in April 2010 with a declaration of war on procrastination. Well, the race was a bit closer than I had hoped, but at least I got the area from looking like the picture on the left to the picture on the right, so who cares that it took 6 months instead of 3 weeks? From the beginning until the end … Continue reading

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