A town in Massachusetts made a study of their energy costs and found that by installing timers in municipal buildings so that lights were turned on in hallways, offices, classrooms, restrooms and maintenance areas when they were needed, rather than all at once at 7:00am, they would save as much as $500,000 annually.
Simply elegant or simply utilitarian, shade sails of any shape, any size or even any combination can be erected as freestanding cover to shield patios, pools, gardens and entryways from the sun. While shade sails can also be partially mounted to exterior walls, some of the most eye-catching are those erected to cover open spaces.
Courtyards, decks and overlook patios have become an industry standard when designing for hotels, restaurants and clubs. Being able to offer customers a view, or even better, an outdoor seating view gives a business a leg up on it’s competitors. It is the first choice for seating for many customers and will fill up more quickly than indoor seating. Every club owner or restaurant owner knows this. However, needing to also plan for inclement weather is a necessity in order to extend the useable season.
We’re pretty excited to talk about the completion of one of our most recent projects. Meow Wolf Santa Fe has garnered national acclaim for it’s launch more than a year ago and draws visitors and locals alike to wonder and explore the “Immersive Experience”. Rooms and artist installations change our views of design and challenge perspective of our world.
Every year, Dad removed the storm windows all around the house and replaced them with window screens. Those years are long gone, replaced with newer and more efficient methods of practical protection from heat and cold.
Conventional ideas about privacy suggest rolling down your inside window blinds, whether it’s a simple vinyl window shade or a hanging blind with moveable slatting to adjust the light. We close our blinds for privacy, effectively shutting us in from view. It closes the house in.
Steel utilized as the main element in building infrastructure is common and used in most large commercial buildings and homes, but is often hidden in the interiors. Staircases, bridges, outdoor railings and many other uses are also common, but steel is less often used as a true visual, architectural element. Patio covers, tenting and shade sails are typically supported by steel mounts, but when it is incorporated into the design for outdoor shade, steel design framing can create a striking profile to the installation.
We love the rain in the southwest. In fact, we count on it for a good portion of the annual rainfall in the summer months. Winter snows in the mountains and throughout northern New Mexico count for much of the balance each year. But as anyone who has lived here for a year soon discovers, weather can come in with a blast and often does! High winds, dramatic temperature changes, downpours and hail are common, with ensuing floods and sometimes dangerous conditions.
As shade sails can be constructed in virtually any geometric shape and designed to cover nearly any area, you might as well have some fun with it. From a massive cover which will require some center supports to multiple sails to shield a large area, the first consideration is knowing the space below and how the sun moves over it during the day. Begin by defining the hot spots (those areas which receive the greatest sun) and the cooler spots (those which require some shade but not full coverage).
Domed awnings offer the classic dressy or professional profile. We see them on hotel entries, restaurants, galleries and businesses. The arched construction offers shelter from the elements and allows rain to run off the sides. Often finished with a scalloped or decorative valance, they look polished and upscale and are appealing in the curved embrace of their design.