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.

5 Tips to Make Art Look the Best in Your Home

When you invest in a piece of art, you are investing in making your home portray a certain feeling.  Art accentuates the theme you have in a room, whether it be a lavish bedroom or a farmhouse kitchen, art is the final touch to any space.  Since artworks are an investment, you want to make sure you are displaying them in the best way possible.  Here are a few suggestions that will make your works of art shine.

Location, Location, Location

It is important to assess location before you hang up your favorite piece.  You will want to make sure that any light that hits the piece will be appropriate with the color scheme.  If you have a mostly white piece of art, you’ll want to make sure that wherever you place it won’t whitewash it.  This applies to darker color schemed paintings as well.  Placing it in a dark corner would create too much shadow and would hide the painting.  Don’t forget to asses hallways and smaller areas too! Putting a painting on an unexpected wall can elevate the look and make your space more inviting.

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Pair with Contrasting Walls

Don’t be afraid of  wall colors when choosing art to go in a certain room.  Contrasting walls can accentuate the art and make the overall room pop.  Look at basic color theory for help if you feel unsure of what colors work well together.  Analogous and complimentary colors will be your best bet to success!

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Hang art properly

Nothing ruins a beautiful picture like a hanging job done poorly.  Whether it be with command strips or a monkey hook, you have tons of options to choose from, but you should do some research.  The way you hang up your painting or print will increase or decrease the longevity of your piece, so you will want to make sure that what you are choosing is appropriate for the piece and wall type you have.  Once you have your tools and are ready to hang, make sure you judge the location.  You don’t want to hang a piece where potential furniture will cover a part of it, which could potentially make it look awkward.  A simple solution to this is to check your height and centering before you hang.  Nothing is worse than a crooked painting!

Mix and Match

While you may have a certain theme you are going for in your space, don’t be shy to mix and match pieces.  You can use different styles next to one another and still make it look cohesive.  On top of that, you’ll create more visual interest than having everything match perfectly.  Likewise, mixing mediums of art will make your room look more visually enticing.

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Think outside of the box with frames

There are so many frame options out there now, that you don’t have to feel like you only have to choose the traditional ones.  With sites like Framebridge and Artifact Uprising, you can customize your frames to your liking.  Especially when creating gallery walls, using a mix of frames will make your space look and feel unique.