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William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Grand Opening of Clinique Of Plastic Surgery and Laser Institute Creates Unique Affiliation With ZO® Skin Health By William Henry, PhD RGA-DESIGN LLC, and Focus Development, each of Tampa FL, are pleased to announce the completion and Grand Opening of the Clinique of Plastic Surgery and Laser Institute located at 240 1st Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL (www.cliniqueps.com 888-247-9886). RGA Design and Focus Development designed and constructed the comprehensive renovations to the historic four-story building, which now is the home of the state of the art surgical center. William Henry, Ph.D., is the principal architect at RGA. He has over […]

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William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Less Is Better In The Housing World By William Henry, PhD Compare the 1959 Cadillac to the models of 2016. The name is the same but that’s about it. The new ones are much smaller and more sophisticated than the 1959 behemoth. Housing is following the same path. Smaller homes are becoming attractive to buyers and developers, and for some of the same reasons. There are over 70 million Baby Boomers in this country with their successors close on their heels. And then there are the young, first time home buyers – together these two demographic groups seem to be […]

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William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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The Architect’s Role In Construction By William Henry, PhD The public’s perception of an architect is often quite simple. Of course the real world can be quite different than traditional perceptions. The simplest perception of an architect is a person hired to design a structure by the future structure’s owner, who also hires a contractor to undertake its construction. There are situations in which this perception is totally accurate, but generally only in the simplest situations such as a party desiring to build a home or place of business. However, many projects are much more complex. Commercial projects can involve […]

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Jay Anderson – Perspectives – REAL Construction

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Thinking Of Remodeling Your Condo? By Jay Anderson It is the time of year when our Florida weather spawns spring cleaning and remodeling projects. Large condominium projects typically occur when a resale purchase is made, while smaller projects, like a kitchen or bath, can occur any time. In a single-family home you are usually inconveniencing one person or a single family, but in a condo, you could be impacting hundreds. Sometimes, though, structural elements or utilities prevent a contractor from being able to redesign the interior as much as you would like. If you live in a condo here are […]

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Perspectives Furniture Follows Fashion

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Furniture Follows Fashion By Ed Bertha I recently enjoyed a conversation with Jeff Bacon, who manages Bacon’s Furniture and Design of Sarasota. He said something that really provoked great interest and curiosity: “Furniture follows fashion”. Interesting indeed: all design students are taught “Form follows function”, and perhaps I didn’t give much thought to the significant impact the fashion industry has on the furniture industry. But it seemed logical. I am sure events such as Manhattan’s Fashion Week are those to which fashionistas pay great attention so they can be the first to sport the new, trendy and sometimes avant-garde whims […]

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Seeing Red By John and Rose Brasgalla

Monday, March 14, 2011

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Seeing Red By John and Rose Brasgalla JRB Group General Contractors When the owners of this West of the Trail home purchased the property, they knew they were getting a great deal. Of course, buying a home for the price of the lot alone is an even better deal if the house is worth keeping. Updating a 60 year-old house is challenging enough, but it is even more work to fix a place that has had decades of experimental projects and repairs. Having done a loft in Boston as a DIY project, the owners knew that this job required professional […]

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Does Your House Need An Advisor? By John Lambie

Monday, March 14, 2011

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Does Your House Need A Trusted Advisor? By John Lambie The big ticket items for most people are houses and cars. Most of us have, or wish we had, a trusted mechanic. Your mechanic knows how your car operates, keeps your service record and lets you know when maintenance is needed and what to do in the event of a fender bender or mechanical breakdown. And for improving on the original, only real “gear heads” dig in to their own cars to improve performance. But What About Your Home?   Most homeowners were not involved in the design and construction of […]

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Don’t Let Them Practice On Your Home By Robbie Brown

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Don’t Let Them Practice On Your Home By Robbie Brown How true? I believe all of us, at one time or another, has experienced paying a so called professional for work that we are far from being satisfied with. Some have even fallen victim to home scams! Over the years as a consultant/builder/roofer, I spend more and more time trying to teach people “How not to get ripped off in Florida”. So what steps can a home owner or business owner take to assure his or her selection of a contractor is the right selection? Here are some steps in […]

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View From The Top: Passion By Robbie Brown

Monday, October 25, 2010

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View From The Top: Passion And Excellence By Robbie Brown Can anyone really say they set out from the start to be mediocre? I mean how many stories do you hear or read about where the contractor or skilled professional has left such a mess for a home owner that regulatory boards and legal entities have stepped in. I understand the different budgeting involved in low income and high income projects, but as a skilled craftsman couldn’t a builder say “I built that house to the best of my ability with attention to detail.” Since 1980 Anmar Builders/Green Roofing Technologies […]

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Top 10 Green Design Trends for Your Home By Jim Soda

Monday, October 25, 2010

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Top 10 Green Design Trends for Your Home By Jim Soda As the green movement gathers steam, many homeowners, and soon-to-be homeowners, are exploring ways to become environmentally conscious within their living spaces. Greening your home is not only a responsible thing to do but can also boost your home’s value when it comes time to sell.   These days, there are an increasingly wide range of products that purport to offer a variety of environmental values but fall short when it comes to style. Robin Wilson, a pioneer in eco-friendly design, and Vickie Gilstrap, vice president of color and […]

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Old World Craftsmanship By Clifford Scholz

Saturday, August 14, 2010

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Old World Craftsmanship By Clifford M. Scholz   Let’s try and define “Old World Craftsmanship”.  Obviously, it is a talent that has a very long history.  It is international, and it has to do with quality. It is something that we hold dearly and, unfortunately, is getting harder and harder to find. There is more to Old World Craftsmanship that makes defining it somewhat difficult. It embraces the talent of an artist and the desire to define that art in the built environment. It is prolific in larger metropolitan areas where there were projects that attracted the most talented of […]

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Illumination And Your Home By Clifford Scholz

Monday, June 28, 2010

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How Does Illumination Influence The Atmosphere And Energy Usage Within Your Home? By Clifford M. Scholz   Lighting adds drama and dimension in any room of the home- inside and out. The play of light and shadow, both natural and artificial, is a part of the core curriculum in every architectural education. Light instinctively effects a person’s emotional state through differing levels of brightness, color and texture. There are essentially three main categories of artificial illumination-ambient, task and accent lighting. Each illumination type should be carefully analyzed and support architectural design decisions. For example, placement of artwork and collectibles is […]

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Timeless Designs by Eric Gilbert

Sunday, January 18, 2009

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Timeless Designs By Eric Gilbert Our showroom displays a beautiful kitchen for which we’ve received many delighted comments. It appeals to those of us wanting “a fresh, new look that will not look old in five or ten years.” I hear that comment often. It seems, after all these years of being a throw-away society, we are finally seeking to make discerning changes that will enable us to free up our finances – and our time – to enjoy more quality living in the near future. We are seeking timeless designs, which are not dated in a matter of a […]

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What is the True Value of a Remodel by Eric Gilbert

Saturday, December 20, 2008

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Generally, when a homeowner assigns value to a kitchen or bath remodel project, they consider how it affects their return on investment.

But one aspect that may not be top of mind is what effect the remodel can have on the homeowner’s own lifestyle – now. Remember, as the homeowner it’s important to place value on your personal experience your home, your joy of living.

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Thinking of Remodeling Yourself by Eric Gilbert

Sunday, November 9, 2008

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I love it when, in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, the character Evelyn Couch, played by a fiercely determined Kathy Bates, takes a large hammer in hand and wildly starts demolition on her own living room wall. It almost makes me want to take on such an adventure myself. Sure we know it’s hard work, but she makes it look so easy.

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