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Increase The Quality Of Your Homelife – A Two For One Special!

It seems that with all the bad news about the economy, employment rate, and fluctuating home prices that people are actually spending more time at home. Renovations, small additions, and making use of the entire house – including the back yard – has become very popular. With that trend comes the opportunity to spend more […]

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What I Learned At The Biltmore

I was recently in Asheville, NC on business and had the opportunity to visit The Biltmore. My experience taught me a thing or two I thought would be worth sharing. I’m usually a little skeptical of highly marketed tourist attractions, but I ended up with a little time to kill and a complimentary admission (usually […]

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Thoughts on Being a Chief Executive Officer

by Geoffrey Butler, AIA

I never really thought much about it as this firm got bigger. The firm evolved from a sole proprietorship back in 1978 (where I was the owner, receptionist, bookkeeper, chief architect, project manager, draftsman and errand boy) to a fairly large organization with a full cadre of administrative support staff, a marketing department, IT department, […]

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Architecture – Why Me?

by Geoffrey Butler, AIA

I am often asked how I got interested in architecture. What led me to become an architect? The first thing that comes to mind is that my father was an architect, and as a child you always tend to consider following in your parent’s footsteps. However, just because your parent was a professional of some […]

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The Step Child – Signage

We don’t think about it much. But try to survive without it. Try to be a retailer without a sign on your building telling people that you are there and what you do. Impossible. Yet, signage is something that is ignored by many architects and reviled by most City Planners. Many architects prefer to design […]

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The Value Proposition

by Geoffrey Butler, AIA

It really isn’t that tough to figure out. We all want a good deal. We thrive on it. We will drive all the way across town (even when gas was $4.00 a gallon) to get that Tri-Tip steak for $5.99 a pound instead of $6.99. It is rare to find people who do not care […]

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An Old Farmer’s Advice

Author: Anonymous Post by: Geoffrey Butler, AIA “From time to time we find things that just make too much sense and this is one of those collections that we had to share.” – Geoffrey Butler, AIA An Old Farmer’s Advice: * Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong. * Keep skunks and bankers […]

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Life is too short to do something that you do not enjoy.

by Geoffrey Butler, AIA

As a child, you always think that you can grow up to do anything. You watch your parents and see what they do to make a living. You always assume that you could do that, and maybe should do that. Dad is a Doctor, makes good money. Heck you can do that. Probably. Uncle Tim […]

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It’s A New Thing

by Geoffrey Butler, AIA

So, I’m sitting in my office and Mary Guccione, our Business Development Manager comes in and tells me that we are going to have a “blog.” Now, I am starting to get as old as dirt and really am self-conscious about keeping up with current events. I calmly nod my head, wish her well and […]

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