Why Choose Terrazzo?

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Terrazzo flooring has been around for hundreds of years.  Created by Venetian construction workers in the 15th century as a way to re-purpose pieces of chipped marble, it became a popular method for finishing the floors of terraces, and hence the name Terrazzo.  Popularity of this material expanded throughout Europe and the North America and the material was used in a wide variety of applications in building design and interiors.  Popular again, terrazzo has been re-discovered by Architects and Designers as a cost effective solution with great design potential.  Its popularity springs from an unlimited palette of color and pattern, long term durability and ease of maintenance.

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Variety & Aesthetics

Terrazzo comes in a variety of colors and textures, and this makes the material a great complement to any style or design concept.  Want a more minimal look?  Use a neutral terrazzo.  Want a modern look?  Pick a terrazzo that is colorful and fun.  Terrazzo can be finished with a shine, or used in a more natural, textural finish as well.  This product can be used for flooring, counters, shower stalls, and furniture, so the world really is your oyster when it comes to using this material in your design.  It’s a great design solution in both residential and commercial environments.

 

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Durability

Terrazzo is one of the strongest materials you can use, and it often outlasts the life of an entire building!  This is why it is commonly used in floors and even in high-traffic areas, terrazzo will withstand wear and tear for years to come.  Installed over a stable substrate, terrazzo can be applied and finished in a layer of just 3/8″ of an inch.

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Eco-Friendly & Clean

Terrazzo is non-porous, so water will not soak into it.  The chance for micro-bacterial growth is slim, so harsh chemicals aren’t required to clean the surface.  This is better for you and for sustainable environments!
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Low Maintenance

Typically sealed with an epoxy layer, the material is completely non-porous.  Grout is not part of the makeup of terrazzo, so there are no cracks for dirt to accumulate in.  Therefore, cleaning this material is easy.  Terrazzo is widely used in airports as a tried and true flooring solution.  At Denver International Airport, the floors of the Great Hall are finished terrazzo, and bronze inlays provide a playful tribute to prehistoric creatures that once roamed that part of the earth.  Choose terrazzo for your next project.

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Hire an Architect and Discover Potential in the World Around You

Hiring an Architect to design your home or business can seem a daunting task, and fearful questions come to mind.  Will they be expensive?  Will they listen to me and understand what I want to accomplish?  Will they design something I can afford?  Will the look and feel be what I like, or will it be what the Architect likes?

Space Programming – The Process of Discovery

Your Architect is a facilitator who will help you determine your goals and needs.

Your Architect will use an information-gathering process which will help you Establish Goals, Organize Facts, Quantify Needs and develop Design Concepts.  The concepts will be unique to you, and not preconceived ideas about your home or business.  Then, the information is tested against your goals for Form, Function, Economy and Time, and that grounds the information in reality, and gives it validity.  As the information is collected and tested, it becomes the Design Program, or “The Road Map” that guides the actual design process.  As road map develops, so does the relationship with your Architect.  Your conversations become comfortable and your relationship is built upon trust.

For a residential project, the Process of Discovery can be a simple conversation with one or two people.  For a large business, it may be a series of work sessions with successive groups of people that lead to consensus-building and a clear direction.  Your architect will organize the program information in story board format which allows the client team to see the big picture and focus on the information.  The completed Road Map will consist of words, statistics, diagrammatic sketches and inspirational photos; and your Architect will prepare a summary report for you to review.  The Road Map sets you on a clear path to the optimal design solution by using a process which is clear and understandable; and not one of trial and error.

Discovering Potential

During the programming phase, your architect will ask thought provoking questions to gain valuable information for the design program.  

The questions will be asked in such a way that ideas flow easily, and most importantly they come from you, and what you want to accomplish.  During the process, your architect will help you discover the unseen potential around you, and be a facilitator who provides a fresh perspective to your life or business.


“To be a good architect, you need to have a deep appreciation of human character and its capacity for transformation.”

Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art


What kind of potential will you find?  It may be a new way of using an existing space which dramatically improves your home environment, or energizes your business.  Discovered potential may be functional concepts that make you more productive, or help you market your business in a more powerful way.  Or, you may find creative ways of using your budget that allows you to accomplish more of your goals.  And, you may discover a design which can adapt over time, because one thing’s for certain; things always change!

Working Interactively

The most enjoyable aspect of Discovering Potential is working interactively with your Architect and finding that potential together.

 And, with your Architect and Road Map as guide, you’ll follow a clear path to powerful ideas that make you successful; in business and in life.

Brand Design: Creating an Iconic Brand for a Fashion Start-Up

Barbara Gallagher’s business career has spanned multiple industries from Health Care to Manufacturing, and been fueled by a lifetime commitment to learning; and a mid-career MBA.  Always the organizer and people person, she’s taken start-up companies from zero to fully operational business units with systems for finance, staffing, and marketing.  But, throughout her life, her secret passion has always been Fashion Design.
Recently, Barbara was confronted with a diagnosis of breast cancer, and she tackled it as she does all things; head on, and like another project.  But, the experience caused her to reconsider life, and she realized that it was time to pursue the career she had long imagined for herself; Fashion Designer.
Armed with talent, ambition, and the passion of an artisan, Barbara realized that she needed a brand; one that could become an iconic statement about her company.  She asked McPherson Architecture to help and the process began with a conversation about her business, of which Barbara writes,
“In our modern world of mass production, we’re all meant to look alike; and the art, passion and care that goes into creating luxurious, fine women’s clothing has often been lost.  And with that, we also lost a significant piece of what is meaningful about the way we express ourselves.  Our experiences, relationships, and approach to life all contribute to the outcome of who we are.  Each interaction represents its own color, weave, and pattern, and contributes collectively to the essence of who we are.  When my garments are worn, I want them to be seen as an extension of the woman wearing them, and the essence of her true potential.”
With that inspiration, the McPherson Architecture team looked to Barb’s designs and saw garments which were both classic and forward thinking, and most significantly, they had a sense of movement.  Then the brand came to life with classic colors and an arc that glides through the logo to convey movement.  A favorite shade of red became the centerpiece of the logo, and warm greys form an elegant background.  But, the real test of a brand comes when it’s applied to a variety of media; business cards, marketing materials, website, and in this case, garment labels.
A successful brand looks comfortable and not forced, regardless of application and reinforces the business concept.  Whether printed, online or embroidered on garment tags, the BGM Couture logo holds its own because of its simplicity and style.  “I love my logo and it definitely describes who I am and what the brand is about,” relates Barbara.  “It has been well received by a clientele that desires and appreciates one-of-a-kind design, quality workmanship and the finest fabrics.”

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Visit Barbara’s website at bgmcouture.com

 

Discover Potential: Marketing Slogan or Belief?

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“We help people to discover the untapped potential that exists in every home, business or organization, and use it to create designs which energize people, places and life”. That’s what we say in our marketing, and it’s a statement which resonates with me, and with people who know me well, particularly clients. However, a recent acquaintance and prospective client asked me if that was just a catchy marketing slogan or something that I really believed in.
It’s been a decades-long road to finding a simple way of communicating my design process, and the phenomenon we use to accomplish great things for our clients. Past attempts were wordy or had complicated explanations that never really connected with people. Often, these marketing explanations did more harm than good. But, what we do is more powerful than just conjuring up designs for people, because it comes from a place that’s unique and at the heart of each client. Yes, we design tangible things like, buildings, interiors and brands, but the process is the thing, and that differentiates us from many architects.
I’ve always avoided being labeled with a particular style or brand of design because our work is as varied as our clients. They are all unique individuals or organizations, and our design work reflects that. Early in my career I learned that the most successful designs and rewarding experiences came from a process of client interaction and information-gathering which uncovers the unique goals and needs of each client.
Do our photos of nicely designed projects look that much better than another firm’s photos of nicely designed projects? No, not really, but it’s the spirit that’s infused in them which makes them great, and the effect that it has upon the people is evident. It’s rewarding for me to see a company energized by their new headquarters, or individuals happy and comfortable in a home which truly reflects their personality and lifestyle. So, how do I clearly explain our process of design in a single sentence?
One day two years ago, I was talking with a long-time friend about my inability to express what I do for people. She looked me squarely in the eye and abruptly said, “Well you’re an architect and designer, so that’s fairly clear isn’t it?” That must have been the jolt I needed because suddenly the words just rolled out of my mouth, “I help people to discover potential”. My friend looked a bit startled at first, but paused thoughtfully and continued to stare at me. Then, with a reassuring smile she said, “You know…that’s exactly what you do, and that’s why you’re successful”.
We help people to discover potential, and that’s what we believe in!