Chris McCurry

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What Is Sustainably Harvested Wood?

It’s easy to assume that identifying sustainably harvested wood is just about the type of wood that’s used, whether that’s woods like bamboo, which are known to be easily renewable, to maple and oak, which are abundant throughout the U.S. and not at risk of dying out. But many more factors should be considered when determining how sustainable your wood really is, including what the product... Continued

How to Create Instant History With Reclaimed Building Materials

With our current age of technology, speed, and convenience, shiny and new is always the fast and cheap solution for building needs. But for the bespoke luxury home as conscious as it is refined, sustainable architecture poses a modern solution both for creating one‑of‑a‑kind, enduring designs and preserving our environment.  One good way to boost the regenerative factor of your architectural... Continued

Why Choose Wood When Evaluating Sustainable Siding Options

Luxury designers looking for sustainable siding that is also beautiful may feel overwhelmed with all the options. From vinyl and metal to fiber cement, there are pros and cons to each type of product. But nothing quite beats the ingenuity of Mother Nature herself. With stellar aesthetics and durability and a low carbon footprint, bark and wood siding are a superior choice for sustainable... Continued

What Wood Wall Treatments Add to Luxury Design

A wall may be a flat surface, but that doesn't mean it has to be 2‑D. In modern luxury design—where so much is about juxtaposing patina against the new—nothing is quite as suited for achieving unique contrasts of texture in sustainable architecture as wood wall treatments. With its deeply grooved character and multifaceted hues, bark rises toward the viewer's point of view, reflecting the rich... Continued

5 Questions to Ask When Evaluating the Eco-Friendly Siding Materials

Given that awareness of sustainable architecture and design has been growing for several decades now, luxury designers are becoming familiar with the general qualities that make green building materials green. There's even a growing consciousness of regenerative design as the next step in the evolution of sustainable thinking. But just because one knows the theory doesn't mean it's always easy to... Continued

How to Bring Nature Inside While Saving It Outside? Tree Bark Panels

Poplar tree bark panels embody the exclusivity and premium quality of modern luxury design: only one in 1,000 poplar trees produce uncracked sheets of bark large enough to become viable wall covering products.   But while poplar tree bark panels are exclusive, they don't need to be wasteful. When done as part of a regenerative process, the creation of these unique panels is actually beneficial to... Continued

The Benefits of Wood Wall Finishes

From visual and auditory aesthetics to its many, many green qualities, wood offers countless architecture and design benefits. Certainly, nothing beats the presence and force of nature’s beauty on the walls of a living or working space. Shall we count the ways? Continued

How to Choose Split Rail Fence Materials for Sustainable Architecture & Design

Picture an idyllic pastoral farm or historic battlefield outlined by a time-worn rustic fence. It's a design element that pays tribute to our American heritage, celebrating and remembering the painstaking labor that once went into the traditional art of split rail fencing. Appreciating one of these historic fences is one thing, but incorporating one into a modern design project is another. When... Continued

Bark Siding Celebrates Family Cabin Legacy

It's often true that a family's past is just as important to them as their future — if not more so. When Dale Mulfinger of SALA Architects was contacted by this client, he knew that was the case: They had just purchased new lakefront property, with a vision. They wanted more space to host and build their family traditions than their previous cabin would allow. But they wanted the current... Continued

Considering the Principles of Regenerative Design for Your Project

An increasing number of designers and architects want to bring sustainable and regenerative concepts to their luxury architecture and interiors, both to create groundbreaking projects and to have a developmental impact. But what exactly does regenerative design mean? How do we begin to consider the regenerative capacity of our projects? The nature of regenerative design is to be holistic. So just... Continued

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