Catalyst Blog

The Next Kitchen: Heart of the Home, In Harmony with Nature

Robert Accarino of Valcucine Chicago talks about the face and the heart of the home, a kitchen.
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How Interior Design Reflects Your Style – and Your Lifestyle and Values

Janet McCann talks about interior design choices and their impacts to a modern lifestyle.
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Choosing the Right Windows and Doors for your Resiliently Designed Home

Gabriela Taylor from Sierra Pacific Windows reviews choosing the right window and door package and its importance to the integrity of your resilient home.
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How Resilient Landscape Design Beautifies Surroundings and Mitigates Stormwater Issues

Approaching landscape design with a mindset of sustainability involves the interplay between plantings and hardscapes and how the outdoor space connects to the indoor space and the people who live there.
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Why Our Design Work is Influenced by the AIA’s 2030 Commitment

By prioritizing energy performance, participating firms can more easily work toward carbon neutral buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030.
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How Secure is Your Property?

Dean MacMorris reviews safety and security with landscape illumination.
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The New Frontier of Luxurious Sustainable Living: Ground-Up Beauty and Resilience

Nate Kipnis explores the frontier of Luxurious Sustainable Living in the new modern solar lake house in Lake Zurich, Illinois.
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Hurricane Florence and Resilient Architectural Design 

Recent images of the ferocity of Hurricane Florence’s impact on the South Atlantic coastline remind me of how fragile our living spaces can be.  We take for granted that Mother Nature supremely rules – until catastrophe strikes in the form of a hurricane, tornado, historic rainfall, blizzard, wildfire or other disaster. There is a certain level...
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