Although we at 8TFive Studio have this small blog to keep guests and followers up to date on projects, designs and events we might be participating in, we also started HomeIdeasHQ.com
The reason for such was to establish a more broad residential home ideas blog where visitors could not only get inspiration from daily but also easily reach out to design professionals.
After looking at other home idea websites, it seemed that many (some better than others) were reproduced material and/or graphic content without the expertise to back it up.
We want to give other design professionals a platform to share their knowledge!
Be it with new homes, tiny houses, modular homes or even DIY tips from professionals.
SO 8TFIVE STUDIO FOUNDED HOMEIDEASHQ.COM
It started as a part-time development. Some initial time was spent building up the platform and then publishing some content but our focus shifted away while it sat there.
However with the dawn of 2016, we wanted to revisit the user interface and move it forward.
MOST POPULAR POST - TINY HOUSES
By far our current most popular post to date has about 25,000+ views and has been shared over 400 times on social media. A growing trend of the increasing popularity of tiny houses.
For more Design Inspiration check out www.homeideashq.com
We have been working with a client in Newton, MA on developing a plan to renovate their existing 3rd floor into a new master bedroom and bathroom. The challenge is that the old space upstairs is really an odd combination of low roof slopes, stairway and wall placements.
To top it off the zoning regulations will be critical in reviewing to maximize the potential square footage they are allowed based upon Floor Area Ratio and the limitations they set on a single family residence zoned not to exceed 2.5 stories.
Part of our regular Services as a licensed architect in the state of Massachusetts is to review and plan accordingly with local building departments to ensure an optimized and well thought out design for any renovation, new construction or addition.
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After several rounds of exploring possible options for the layout of the half story addition and renovation, we were able to identify a fantastic plan that works the best for our client.
Thrilled with the new opportunity to enhance their existing living space, the homeowners are seeking out qualified contractors in there area to undertake the job.
As part of our services, we provide 3D perspectives and quick spatial views to help visualize rooms.
Below are some images we put together for the client as well as an added level of detail for the contractors to understand the intent of the interior elevations.
Its official, we wrapped up our very first home show this past weekend. Overall we saw a great turn out and got to speak with many interested homeowners, business owners and developers.
What was great about exhibiting at this year's New England Home Show in Boston at the Seaport World Trade Center was being able to quickly showcase our Services to those who were interested and feature our Portfolio of projects as reference.
LONG, LONG DAYS OF EXHIBITING
Given our work environment features more online collaboration through multiple consultants and designers, I wanted to best represent the company as the architect available for questions.
What surprised me a little was how "impressed" some people were that I wasn't a Sales Rep for the company in comparison to many of the other design / build firms that were present.
I had one guy come up to me and say "So your Neil? Your the guy? Hey, he's the guy!"
FRIDAY, WAS A SLOW DAY
The start to the home show was a little slow considering it was during work hours. However it gave us an opportunity to not only recover from the "tools free" setup but also to sketch some images.
OVERALL A GREAT TIME
I got a chance to meet many people interested in a forthcoming project (hopefully they reach out to me) and we'll see what 2016 brings 8TFive Studio.
Once again a special thanks to Chris with Stonefish Workshop for assisting with the design of our exhibit booth graphic and web banner. Find our more about the company as one of our consultants we featured in the following:
You can also find the video displayed at our booth featured here:
For the second year we have revised and submitted our business plan executive summary to Charrette Ventures Group's 2016 Architecture Business Plan Competition.
This is a great venue to continue to develop and stay on-top of business strategies for the firm. Sort of a kick in the butt from other tasks that get put on the shelf for "when I have time".
CREATING THE MESSAGE
Revamping our 2015 business plan which focused on attempting to capture a broad spectrum of strategies and summaries ... we fine tuned the focus. The interview below provides a glimpse into why the firm was started, the issue we are attempting to resolve and how we might do so.
BENEFITS OF DESIGN ANALYSIS
Last month we engage with a structural engineer from Australia through our Google+ page on how architects are using Building Information Modeling. Ultimately, we realized that showcasing some of the analysis and performance data behind the use of our designs rather than just the visualization of them would further help provide insight for potential clients.
So look for upcoming blog posts to feature more analysis oriented material to show exactly HOW we use this technology to offer clients greater depth of knowledge to ultimately make more informed design decisions early on ... saving time and cost in the long run.
If you are interested to find out what other technology we use or have our eye on moving into the future, we are more than willing to share the knowledge we've come across. Contact Us.
Gearing up for the exhibit at this year's 2016 New England Home Show in Boston.
Our new exhibition booth has arrived which features two 40" TVs which we will be using to display not only our Portfolio of work thus far but also an animation featuring the process for conceptual design through to construction documentation.
If you are interested we will be using, for years to come, the Truss Booth from Displays2Go.
We will also have on hand several of our 3D BIM computer generated models to showcase to visitors where we can show you exactly how we generate our drawings and provide you with perspective into your next potential home improvement project.
Welcome to 8TFive Studio. I'm owner architect Neil Silva and you can find the latest about our company, projects and many more home ideas.
2016 New England Home Show Architect Booth #801
Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Houses
New Home Photographed in East Freetown, MA
HushFrame Raft Connectors at 2015 ABx in Boston
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