Featured in Atomic Ranch, Dwell, Arch Daily and The Contemporist, Strand Design’s David Strand and his design partner David McKay have received a fair share of press for their distinctive synthesis of modern minimalist style and classic Midwestern agrarian structure. The Minneapolis, MN-based firm is also well regarded for their focus on environmental sustainability.

Both partners come from a construction background and began their career as architects, thus their work for Strand Design gives equal heft to solid design/build construction and architectural appeal. We spoke to them about about how they achieve their instantly recognizable design aesthetic, how sustainability plays into their designs, and why they choose Infratech heaters to keep homeowners cozy in cool Northern climates.

 

Structureworks Fabrication is a nation-wide expert in pergolas of all types. With a growing interest in outdoor rooms, their knowledge and design skills are more in demand than ever. The firm can do it all: from simple, garden-like structures to lavish outdoor living rooms and kitchens, their designs are suited for warm coastal climes, arid desert areas, cool mountainous regions, and everywhere in between. To learn more about evolving trends related to pergolas and outdoor design, we spoke with Structureworks’ Greg Smith. Read on to discover how pergolas can accentuate urban and rural landscapes and to learn why the experts choose Infratech heaters to keep living spaces comfortable in any weather.

Tobin Dougherty Architects is a San Francisco Bay area firm known for their eco-friendly designs that make the most of indoor/outdoor space. Founded by registered architect Tobin T. Dougherty, a member of the American Institute of Architects with over thirty-five years of experience, the firm’s designs excel through their distinctive combination of clean lines, dramatic structure, and a deep-rooted sense of place.We sat down with Tobin to learn how an area’s landscape affects his designs and how it can play into eco-conscious home design practices. We also discussed his design philosophy, his approach to continuing education, and why he chooses Infratech heaters for his forward-thinking designs. Read on to discover what makes Tobin Dougherty Architects truly visionary.

Roche + Roche is family-owned landscape architecture firm located in the beautiful Northern California city of Sonoma. Led by Landscape Architect David Roche and Landscape Designer and Horticulturist Nancy Roche, the prestigious firm also benefit from the skills and experience of Senior Landscape Architect Salvador Dávila and Landscape Designer Iain Pryor. Roche + Roche has a unique perspective, using their conception of “soft fascination” to create truly stunning rural contemporary designs.

Fagin Partners: Design Spotlight for Passive House

Fagin Partners is one of the leading designers in Dallas with a passion for creating sustainable and stylish modern homes. The designers, Kyle and Connor Fagin, are a talented father-and-son team who are building the first International Passive House in Texas to reach the next level of efficiency. Their mission is to construct homes that are mindful of the environment while still achieving a modern aesthetic and long-term affordability for homeowners. We had a chance to talk with Fagin Partners about their design process and their upcoming Lively Lane Passive House.