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Margaret Sledge

High Cotton

Posted by on 12/7/12 at 11:13am

A group of 4 LF’ers traveled to Lubbock in September to participate in a community charrette. This is the first part of our story, in which we discover the potential of a collection of grain warehouses. Click to Read More

Phil Zimmerman

As completion of the Pearl Parkway Buildings of the Pearl Brewery Redevelopment in San Antonio, TX wraps up, many finishing details are finally going into place.  Custom light fixtures that were designed to utilize existing materials and found remnants of the historical brewery were recently installed. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Lake|Flato recently acquired a 10kW PV array which was featured in CPS Energy’s blog, as well as The Rivard Report. To learn more about our decision to implement this great technology, check out the video below! Click to Read More

Rebecca Bruce

On Site at the Hog Pen Creek Residence

Posted by on 8/28/12 at 10:50am

Yesterday Ted, Brian and I were on site at the Hog Pen Creek Residence. We took a lunch break for some burgers on the breezy porch and to enjoy the view of Lake Austin. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Lake|Flato Goes Solar

Posted by on 8/2/12 at 03:06am

Big news — A 10.2 kW photovoltaic array will be installed on the roof of our office within the next week! The PV panels will be installed in a 30′ x 34′ area on the garage roof, where the solar resource is greatest. The CPS Energy rebates and federal tax credit for the array made the payback really speedy. In addition to a great payback equation, the array will bolster our efforts to earn LEED EBOM certification for the office and will be a great opportunity for us to all learn more about how this technology works and performs. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Frog Hill, a 3,655 s.f. residence in Washington, Connecticut, has achieved certification under the LEED for Homes Program! This was accomplished through exemplary use of environmentally preferable building materials and pest control alternatives, and a design that is predicted to perform 35% better than code based on energy simulation and diagnostic pressure testing of the home after construction. Among the home’s energy-conserving Click to Read More

Robert Hoang

From China With Love

Posted by on 7/13/12 at 02:16am

Chinese poetry, and the poets that write them, have always held a high level of reverence in Chinese cultural traditions. Inspired by his current visit to the Middle Kingdom, our own inhouse L|F poet laureate, David Lake, takes a shot at this ancient art. His verses from the abstract comes to you…unedited! Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Field Report: SK Ranch

Posted by on 7/2/12 at 08:39am

It’s time to play matchy-matchy! Check out these side-by-side comparisons of concept renderings and construction photos for SK Ranch, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Shou-Sugi-Ban in Process

Posted by on 5/28/12 at 06:04am

Mike and Tim from Reznikoff Custom Furniture recently sent us some shots of their burning process for a shou-sugi-ban finish to be applied as an interior finish for SK Ranch. Shou-sugi-ban is the ancient Japanese technique of charring wood to naturally protect it from weather, pests and rot. The result is a gorgeous textured charcoal finish. On SK Ranch, Mike and Tim are starting with vertical grain cedar boards and finishing with a clear polyurethane sealer. Click to Read More

Corey Leamon

Waller Creek Design Week Kick-Off

Posted by on 5/21/12 at 11:00am

Last week marked the start of Austin’s Waller Creek design competition between four final teams. On Tuesday, our very own David Lake, FAIA, and Robert Harris, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, with Dr. Kongjian Yu of Turenscape, spoke to a packed audience at the Blanton Museum in Austin about our team’s vision of a living and productive landscape for Waller Creek. Afterward, the team was eager to hit the ground running and worked through the Click to Read More