Designing For Special Needs

During the past 25 years our firm has designed over 200 residential projects to accommodate the special needs of our clients. We have learned much in the process and also enjoyed great satisfaction from the results. Some families have become lifelong friends. We have worked with clients within a wide range of needs, including...

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Utilizing contrasting colors in design

"Beauty is in the mind of the beholder." This quote has never been more true than when working with color. Sometimes what you think will become a beauty just doesn't work out. Fortunately there are some simple principles that can help you...

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Designing for multiple generations in your residence

If you are planning a new home or a major addition, consider three generations of use. Many homes are already used at various times by three generations. If it is a retirement home you are planning it is likely that...

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Residential Design Trends

The most recent survey of home design trends released by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the last quarter of 2014 has some very interesting findings. The survey is based on the experience of a panel of architectural firms specializing in residential design. Trautman Associates Architects is proud...

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Designing for Dementia - A Subconscious Approach

During my graduate and post-graduate study of dementia as applied to design, I was delighted to learn that not all memory function is affected by dementia. Generally speaking, it is the explicit memory...

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