The Creative Process

May 16, 2017By Bruce DonnallyArchitecture, Design No Comments

  The moment when you see an idea that had not occurred to you before, one that seems to solve an array of vexing problems all at once, is exhilarating. The possibilities suddenly spill out; the solutions, like little game marbles, all drop into place, and progress makes swift strides forward. The creative process is … Read More

Proportion and Scale

March 24, 2017By Bruce DonnallyArchitecture, Design No Comments

  Two of the most important compositional skills of an architect are a command of proportion and a sense of scale. While they are related, they have distinctly different meanings.     Proportion Proportion is the dimensional relationship of one part to another or to the whole, described in terms of a ratio. In nature, each … Read More

A Floating Home

February 15, 2017By Bruce DonnallyArchitecture, Design No Comments

  Built as humble shacks on bundled rafts of old growth logs, the floating homes on Lake Union have come a long way from their seedy Prohibition era origins on the fringe of Seattle society. They are now among the most sought after properties in the city, offering a unique lifestyle choice for those who … Read More

Design Solution

November 3, 2016By Bruce DonnallyArchitecture, Design No Comments

Bring Natural Light to Dark Kitchens Without Sacrificing Storage Space Adding a window between your counter top and wall cabinets provides a flood of natural light on the work surface without sacrificing storage space. It allows you to turn off the under cabinet lights during the day, saving you energy, and with an added planter … Read More

The Construction Process

April 15, 2017By Bruce DonnallyArchitecture, Design No Comments

  As a project moves from drawing to building our role as design professionals shifts in scope, but still remains crucial to a successful project. The architect’s role during construction involves a variety of responsibilities taken on in conjunction with clients and contractors alike. The following will offer a short synopsis and non-exhaustive list of … Read More

Before and After

September 11, 2017By Bruce DonnallyArchitecture, Design No Comments

  When deeply entrenched in an activity or place it becomes difficult to frame it in in any other. The familiarity of sight and comfort of routine can blind us to opportunities possible through a shuffling of the deck. We all have those places in our homes that are underutilized or starting to show their … Read More

An Island Home

August 31, 2017By Bruce DonnallyArchitecture, construction, Design No Comments

Two and a half years ago, on a rainy weekend in March, Bruce set off for an island camping trip. This rather impromptu and wet excursion had been inspired by a call from a client some months earlier. They had phoned in with the desire to build a cabin on one of two properties available … Read More