Lapointe Architects

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Francis to Speak at WoodWORKS Luncheon





The principal of Lapointe Architects, Francis, has been asked to present some of his work at the upcoming 2009 Wood Design Conference to be held in late February in Sudbury and Winnipeg . Francis' presentation will describe the use of non-dimensional wood for the construction of green buildings. A review of the use of small diameter logs to create simple organic structures will be followed by the use of wood in the moist environment of the award winning Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory. From the footings to the roof, Fifth Town is constructed of wood including FCS lumber, reclaimed local barn beams and Durisol, a stay-in-place concrete wall form system made with waste wood chips and filled with concrete. For more information refer to http://www.wood-works.org/Ontario%20Wood%20WORKS/Workshops/?Language=EN.

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Lapointe Architect selected for Twenty + Change







Lapointe Architect has been selected to exhibit our work at the Twenty + Change exhibition, opening in Toronto on June 3, 2009, in conjunction with the City of Toronto's Festival of Architecture and Design. Twenty + Change is an annual exhibition series "dedicated to profiling emerging designers working in architecture, landscape and urban design." The exhibition is scheduled to travel across Canada after closing in Toronto. For more information about the exhibition, please see http://www.twentyandchange.org/index.html. For more information about the Gladstone Hotel, please see http://www.gladstonehotel.com/.


Pictured above is the Kickinghorse House in Golden BC (images by Dave Best, Best Impressions).

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Now is the Time to Consider Renovating



Lapointe Architects has noticed an increase in the number of inquiries regarding addition and renovation projects. This is supported by imperical data. In January of this year, Statistics Canada reported that single family improvement projects (additions and renovations) were up by 24 per cent, indicating a counter-cyclical trend towards smaller home renovation projects (The Daily, Jan 26, 2009, Statistics Canada in http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id32225).

As is well understood, an economic recession reduces pressure on construction trades and materiasl, resulting in substantial price drops. Combine this knowledge with the recent Federal Budget announcement of a Home Renovation Tax Credit worth up to $1350, and a winfall for home owners looking to upsize without moving may be on the hoziron. In order to take advantage of the reduction in prices, homeowners should be spending the rest of the winter completing design and constructionn drawings in order to be 'shovel-ready' in the spring. Give us a call if you are considering renovating.

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