It’s All Design
Macacos me mordam! – Monkey’s are biting me! - means to be intrigued or surprised in Portuguese. For Patricia Fontes, this expression suits her feelings on design.
After earning her BA in Economics, Patricia Fontes came to the United States from her native Brazil to earn her MBA at Chapel Hill. Life then led Patricia to California.
This past week I did something I haven’t done in a long long time; I made a snowman. It felt good to shape something with my hands, forage for material, and teach the young people with me how to create with a renewable resource.
Here at SweisKloss, for 2019 we look forward to continuing to create inspired designs that are enjoyable, functional and sustainable.
Each new year the world makes resolutions.
Although I prefer to set personal goals for the year ahead; eat better, exercise more, work less and travel more, for example, I find these to be easier said than actually done.
For 2019 what I have done, and what I encourage all of us to do, is to set goals to improve our world by reducing our impact on it. This upcoming year let’s aspire to live “greener”.
At our weekly staff meeting I asked everyone in the office to share their favorite part of the holidays
I loved their answers: Patricia looks forward to getting together with family who are spread across the world throughout the rest of the year. Erin can’t wait to see the joy on her son’s face as he opens his presents. Amanda C. enjoys carrying out annual holiday traditions with family…
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.