Conserving Water by Using Your Dishwasher?

A teenager taught me something this past weekend. We had hosted our office holiday party and she was helping with the clean-up. She scraped the food off of the dishes and put the dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher, without rinsing them first. I cringed.

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Lets Get Prepared

As we reflect on the devastation caused by the fires this past month, a lot of us find ourselves wanting to help, really help.

Something we can all do to help ourselves, and others, is to prepare for future emergencies.

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To Our Community:

This is a devastating week for our friends and neighbors to the north. Our hearts break thinking about the fear and the panic and the loss they have been experiencing. Many of you have told us that you would like to help. Thankfully there are organizations that have mobilized swiftly to provide shelter, food, clothing, and pet care to those displaced and in need.

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Mastering Your Domain: A List of the Must-Wants in a Space 

When designing a space, we include gadgets, devices, and fixtures that will make a space more convenient, comfortable, and safer for the occupants. We thought it would be fun to share some of the must-want items on our list with you: 

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It Takes a Village…

Although the African proverb is about raising a child, we are borrowing it for this week’s article about our subcontractors and vendors because it seems to take a village to build a house! All of our projects, from our commercial office renovations, to our home remodels, to our new construction projects, require teams of subcontractors and many, many product vendors.

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Dear Reader,

Over the past 5 months we have covered a variety of topics in SweisKloss News. In our newsletter lead article we have presented what we love to create, our fondness for open spaces and quiet places, and our pride in our community’s dedication to universally accessible playgrounds…

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Don’t Stop Believin’

Georgeanna “George” Cheung, designer and senior project manager here at SweisKloss, encourages her kids to take as many opportunities that come their way.

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Jessica Handy

Lots of Details, Yet Minimal

The Sheats Goldstein house. One of my all-time favorite homes. Over the years this home, built in the American Organic Architecture style, has served to inspire and re-inspire me time and time again.

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She Rolls the Role

SweisKloss Designer and Assistant Project Manager Amanda Cavallo has always loved arts and crafts. As a child she was obsessed with making stuff. She loved to go shopping with her dad at Home Depot where she would crawl around on the floor picking up stray bits and pieces with which to make objects at home.

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Fall Into Your Remodel

You have been wanting to pull the trigger on a home or office remodel for a while. You have been thinking about it, conceiving options but you continue to put it off because it seems daunting and there are certainly other things that need your more immediate attention. 

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I am Proud of Us

I am very proud of our town, Santa Monica, CA, at this moment. This Saturday, the ribbon will be cut on Santa Monica’s third universally accessible playground. Universally accessible playgrounds allow children of all abilities to participate and enjoy one common play area. These playgrounds are also designed to make it easier for caregivers with mobility devices to play with their children.

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Big Picture

The reason we get engrossed in the details (see blog post “We Love Puzzles” 8/8/18) is because through the application of the details the bigger picture comes into view. And it is the bigger picture, the final product, that makes us go “wow.”

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The Design Should be Theirs, Not Mine

I love teaching. I realized I loved teaching while working part time in my college design Mac lab.  I really enjoyed helping people figure out how to do something, and doing my own learning in the process. 

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We Love Puzzles

Some people talk about the devil being in the details, meaning although something may look simple, the deeper you get into the details the more complicated the undertaking becomes. We prefer to talk about details like puzzle pieces that need to be fit together to form a picture. And we love puzzles. As SweisKloss is the puzzle creator and puzzle builder, we both imagine and implement these details.

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Why Our Team Works

When working with a new client I always explain our team structure and introduce the team members. This is not an atypical practice in any service industry. However, our team is special. I am pretty sure this also isn’t an atypical statement in any service industry, at least I would hope other company leaders appreciate their team as much as I do. I would like to take a few moments to describe our team structure and say a few things about our team members.

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Making the World Better

I particularly like Anne Frank’s sentiment because I feel it applies to what we do as a design + construct firm and what we do as individuals in our community.

SweisKloss’ policy is to support our team members’ activities in the community. Some firms may encourage their staff to get involved; our staff needs no encouragement. Each team member has come to SweisKloss with a full resume of giving back.   

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A Rose By Any Other Name

ADU. Accessory Dwelling Unit. Not as romantic sounding as Carriage House, or as quirky as Grannie Flat, or as loaded as Mother-in-law Unit. But all are different names for the same thing, a space for dwelling that is separate or attached to a single family home on a piece of property. Once very popular, ADUs fell out of favor in the middle of the last century. With the rise in property costs, multigenerational living, the “sharing economy” and the desire to repurpose the garage, the popularity of ADUs is again on the rise.

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A Shared Space is a Happy Space

Remember the TV show “Golden Girls”? How about “Friends”? Or perhaps “Three’s Company”? All of these shows included family or friends sharing a home. We called them roommates at the time, now in this new “sharing economy”, we refer to these living situations as house sharing or even co-living. House sharing can take on many different configurations, but the premise is simple: friends, family or colleagues sharing a house.

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Form and Functional; Accommodating our New Non-Traditional Lives

Today we’re doing different things with traditional space layouts to accommodate our lives that are becoming anything but traditional. Our desire for space types seem endless. A few of the types being revolutionized are master bedrooms, home offices and living rooms.

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Bold Colors and Natural Materials are Back! 

There was a lot I loved about Greece, but what sticks with me most about that trip as a young adult, are the colors. The bright bold colors that always look freshly painted against the alabaster white stucco walls. We’ve all seen the pictures, but in person the colors seem to have life, a heartbeat, breath.   

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