As humans, we are social creatures who are meant to be together among the elements, and perhaps no season emphasizes these bonds better than Fall. As the sweet spot between summer heat and winter chill, the Autumn months inspire us to get outside and enjoy cooler temperatures under a canopy of color-shifting leaves during the day before warming our spaces (and spirits) with a bit of evening firelight.
Residential design is dynamic, expressive and quintessentially personal, not only for homeowners but also for the professionals who help to embody and empower their diverse lifestyles. As a result, the modern lexicon of the industry includes an array of “design dialects” that aim to capture and interpret the active, multifaceted lifestyles at work (and play) in today’s home spaces. One of the most exciting design dialects of the 21st century has been an evolving expression of “Lived-in Luxury,” which effortlessly embues high-end spaces with a sense of interactive charm.
For those who have fought to defend liberty for the United States and other areas of the world, the residual battle scars are often both physical and psychological, and they last for a lifetime. After grueling rehabilitation and therapy, these service members and their loved ones continue to fight for long-term health and wellness that may include the pursuit of ongoing professional services and opportunities for off-the-grid relaxation and recuperation.
Over the years, the great debate within the stone industry has focused on how manufactured stone veneer, or MSV, compares to natural stone. While both provide many benefits, MSV’s lightweight properties, which allow for faster installation and require fewer to no structural interventions such as footings and tie-ins, have given it a clear advantage over natural stone on both commercial and residential projects. Also, unlike full-bed-depth natural stone, MSV can be applied to a variety of substrates including wall sheathing, cement board and concrete.