023. approachable architect podcast – green homeowners, tatjana luethi & mark buchheim

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episode 023. green homeowners, tatjana luethi & mark buchheim

  • in this episode, i interview homeowners tatjana & mark. we discuss the major remodel of their green home and their experience with the design process as well as the construction process. we also discuss some of the difficulties they faced with dealing with their first contractor as well as discuss some of the cool green features of their home. we also discuss some of the lessons tatjana and mark learned during the process.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

022. approachable architect podcast – going green and the economy

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episode 022. going green and the economy

  • in this episode, i’m joined by co-host eric corey freed as we discuss if “going green” is taking a backseat to the economic situation. we also discuss his recent visits to duluth and miami (one day apart) as well as his recent trip to disneyland on presidents’ day. for more information on eric, check out www.organicarchitect.com.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

021. approachable architect podcast – who is david doucette?

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episode 021. who is david doucette?

  • this is a very different episode because i am the one being interviewed. i open up about me, your host for the approachable architect, and what makes me tick. i talk about how i learned to be independent  at a young age and also describe my experience in architecture school in the ’90’s. i touch on the cross country road trip i took in ’98 and how my brother, derek and i lived in a tent for 6 weeks (happily so). i also discuss my mom’s passing from breast cancer in 1999 and my dad’s passing in 2002 (thank you hospice two times!).

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

020. approachable architect podcast – a discussion of the parallels of dessert and architecture with the dessert architect, robert wemischner

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episode 020. a discussion of the parallels of dessert and architecture with the dessert architect, robert wemischner

  • in this episode, i discuss the similarities of dessert and architecture with chef and author of “the dessert architect”, robert wemischner. we discuss how flavor becomes the foundation of dessert architecture and the amount of exploration, planning, and preparation that goes into each dessert. chef “bob’s” desserts can be thought of as both sculpture and works of arts as well as scientific experiments that lead to a fascinating and delicious feast for the eyes as well as the mouth. we also discuss some of his favorite recipes from the book as well as the benefit of using fresh produce from local farmers’ markets. this is one of my most fascinating interviews to date, so pull up some warm pie a la mode and have a listen, your senses will be delighted. you can find more information and order “the dessert architect” on chef bob’s website, www.robertwemischner.com

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

019. approachable architect podcast – green painting with stephen winterrowd, certapro painters

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episode 019. green painting with stephen winterrowd, certapro painters

  • in this episode, i discuss green painting how to’s and information with stephen winterrowd of certapro painters. we discuss the whole process of painting as well as best practices when painting green. we discuss the difference between flat and semi gloss paints as well as which kind to use for a particular application. we also discuss why cleanup and preparation is just as important as the paint job itself. you can find more information about certapro painters by clicking here.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

 

is it okay to mix business with pleasure?

david 4i just released my january newsletter and had been thinking most of the month about mixing business with pleasure and whether i should be doing more of that. after weeks of pondering, i reached my conclusion and wrote the following for my newsletter;

i am so excited for 2010! not for just me, but my family as well. oops, i mentioned my family, am i supposed to do that? it seems i’m mixing business with pleasure. uh-oh. 

i’ve always tried to keep business and pleasure as separate parts of my life. i occassionaly would share family stories but for the most part, i was very conscious of the business/pleasure line and being careful to not cross it too much. today, i’m throwing that concern out the window!

i’ve been training for the los angeles marathon the last few months and with only less than two months to go, i’ve been doing some long runs on sundays to the tune of 15 miles so far (twice) in preparation. it’s given me a lot of self reflection time lately and i’ve had more than a few A-HA moments. my biggest moment came as a result of my podcast, the approachable architect, and wanting to share more of me with my listeners. i want my listeners to know about me, know my passions, know what makes me tick. i want them to get to know me personally. AND i also want to get to know them, i mean YOU. 

i’ve also  been reflecting on my career and my decision to expand my services to the real estate market. i specialize in working with homeowners both as an architect and as a real estate broker. i’m in a customer service business. people hire me because they connect with me, they like me. they hire me for the extensive knowledge and outstanding service i provide. working with homeowners is a very intimate and personal relationship. BUT i think i’ve always kept clients at a distance a little bit, always conscious of the “business relationship”. as a result, i found myself not being as social as i used to be. 

that’s all changing. i want you, my clients, my readers, and my listeners to get to know me personally. i want you to know about my wife, wendy and my two boys jake and remy. i want you to know that our two boys are currently eating us out of house and home starting with 2 breakfasts per day. did i say they were only 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 years old? 

this is going to be the year i’m going to be putting myself out there. i’m already attending more social events and will be creating a podcasting network to allow more of a connection with my audience, and that means YOU. you will learn more about me and my family over the coming months, and hopefully years. i believe by opening myself up more and putting myself out there (and not worrying about what other people think as much), i’ll build stronger relationships that will hopefully last a lifetime. 

so, are we supposed to mix business with pleasure? who knows, but for me, i’m no longer going to be asking myself that question. i’m going to trust my gut and share myself openly and honestly with whoever wants to listen.  

best wishes for 2010!

018. approachable architect podcast – water conservation with co-host, eric corey freed

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episode 018. water conservation with co-host, eric corey freed

  • in this episode, i’m trying out a new format and have invited organic architect, eric corey freed, to be my co-host as we discuss water conservation and the issues surrounding a global problem.  listen in as we discuss some of the problems and provide simple solutions that we can apply in our everday lives. for even more information, eric has generously provided some detailed information from his upcoming book  “Green$ense:  Rating the Real Payoff from 50 Green Home Projects” Coming March 2010 – Taunton Press. Also let me know what you think of the new format by sending feedback to feedback@residearchitecture.com or calling our voicemail listener line 1.800.476.5579.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

017. approachable architect podcast – my new m.o. “passion” & an architect’s point of view with dennis gibbens

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episode 017.  my new m.o. “passion” & an architect’s point of view with dennis gibbens

  • in this episode i discuss my new m.o., “passion”. you’re going to be hearing a lot more “passion” in my episodes and i’m looking forward to opening up about me, david doucette, and letting my listeners know more about me and what makes me tick. as i open up more to my listeners, i hope to become less journalistic in my approach. through this, i hope to hear back from more of my listeners and the community and establish new relationships as well as strengthen existing ones. also in this episode, i interview my mentor, dennis gibbens. listen in as we discuss when i met dennis ten years ago after i moved to california. dennis discusses how he become involved in the profession of architecture as well as discusses his design philosphies and how he works with home owners. for more information about dennis, please visit http://dga-inc.com

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

016. approachable architect podcast – green building contractor, turk o’connor

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episode 016. green building contractor, turk o’connor, t.h. o’connor building corporation

  • in this episode i interview green building contractor, turk o’connor, t.h. o’connor building corporation. turk is no ordinary general contractor. he drives a prius and maintains a rigorous yoga practice. listen as we discuss the relationship between architect, general contractor and owner as well as turk’s personal philosophies when it comes to building and providing customer service to his clients. Turk also discusses the different ways that homeowners can work with general contractors. you can find more information about turk at http://thoconnor.com/.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.

 

015. approachable architect podcast – anatomy of a kitchen remodel

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episode 015. anatomy of a kitchen remodel

  • in this podcast, i read some comments from last week’s podcast including the first review left on itunes (thank you MMbot!). i also discuss the pieces involved in doing a major kitchen remodel and provide budgetary guidelines for each of the trades involved as well as an overall budget to consider. i also describe the process involved, from initial conception to final completion. this is a different format from the interviews i’ve previously recorded, so please let me know what you think as i could do more of these kinds of episodes for master bathrooms, second story additions, and master suite additions if this proves to be valuable information.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: i specialize in providing architectural design services for environmentally friendly, healthy, high performance, and energy efficient homes including major remodels, second story additions, and new construction. please contact me at the studio at 310.391.9191 or david@residearchitecture.com if you would like to discuss your project.