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Read more on Stone in Architecture: The Most Common Types

Stone in Architecture: The Most Common Types

Stone in architecture has been around for literal ages and there are good reasons for that. As one of the most reliable building materials, stone architecture can also last for eons if properly maintained. However, because there are a multitude of different kinds of stones, some are better suited for some applications over others. Below,…

Read more on Trends in Architecture: Skyscraper Designs

Trends in Architecture: Skyscraper Designs

Trends in architecture change and continue to change each year, and one of the most notable changes is actually in height. With zoning restrictions and higher city density, building large, wide structures is often no longer possible. That leaves architects with only one option.  Building up.  However, what that means continues to evolve so we break…

Read more on Why Your Multi-Family Home Should Have Stone Architecture

Why Your Multi-Family Home Should Have Stone Architecture

When it comes to building materials, you have a swath of options to choose from, but stone architecture can be one of the best. Stone is one of the most versatile materials out there and provides significant benefits to choosing it over other materials. Plus, it adds a modern polished look. We provide a breakdown…

Read more on Ongoing Architectural Trends for 2020  

Ongoing Architectural Trends for 2020  

As we get further into the year, some predicted trends fall by the wayside while others dominate the market. Architectural trends are constantly shifting and changing as the current definition for what it means to be “modern” also changes throughout the year. Here are a few of the major trends we’ve noticed that you should take note…

Read more on What Does It Mean to Be Net-Zero Ready in the Okanagan?  

What Does It Mean to Be Net-Zero Ready in the Okanagan?  

With the rise of improvements to the construction of buildings, more environmentally-friendly structures are being built now than ever before. And a new type of building has started to become more of a trend: net-zero buildings. A net zero building in British Columbia is a structure that has zero net energy consumption. Essentially, a building uses renewable energy sources to power that property’s systems,…

Read more on Where Old and New Collide: The Intersection of Smart Tech and Green Design  

Where Old and New Collide: The Intersection of Smart Tech and Green Design  

With so much talk about “going green” and reducing environmental impact in recent years, “smart green buildings” have been popping up more and more. Green building is specifically defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as “...the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation,…

Read more on Promoting Productivity Through Innovative Office Design

Promoting Productivity Through Innovative Office Design

There’s little doubt that the design of your office affects the amount of work achieved in it. That’s what the research says at least. Office Design Productivity Research A 2014 study highlighted that plants and greenery within an office can increase productivity by up to 15% - while increasing staff happiness. Natural light and access…

Read more on How Smart City Technology Is Influencing City Life

How Smart City Technology Is Influencing City Life

While you’ve likely heard of payphones (or made a call in one only to deal with the awful smell and ripped or missing pages of the provided phone book), there are many reasons why you haven’t seen many around anymore. That’s because they, like other technologies, are being phased out in favour of newer, smart city technology.   But smart technology doesn’t always…

Read more on Global Flooding and Architecture: What Can Venice Teach Us?

Global Flooding and Architecture: What Can Venice Teach Us?

We don’t have to look around the world very far to hear about the latest global flooding and architecture catastrophes. Venice has been in the news a ton lately regarding high tides that are causing chaos. Of course, flood-prone locations and cities built below sea-level such as New Orleans and coastal cities such as San…

Read more on Designing Your Ultimate Okanagan Dock

Designing Your Ultimate Okanagan Dock

  Summer storms, intense wind, and excessive flooding can take their toll on your Okanagan dock. Any type of property damage can be a stressful and expensive ordeal. And, waiting for insurance claims and deciding if it is worth taking a hit on your policy are other factors to consider. Architecturally Distinct Solutions can help…