Japanese Gardens

February 14, 2017

Many individuals are drawn to the simple beauty and unmistakable feeling of calmness in Japanese gardens. Rich in culture and authenticity, these gardens are a favorite amongst the green crowd. It’s no easy task trying to duplicate but with the right tips and tools, it can be done. The inspiration for the plant color and choices all come from the country’s native forests and soaring mountains. The most common colors are deep greens, earthy browns, and dark stones. These colors help to bring out the subtle accent of red that is displayed on a bridge.

Design for Thought

January 10, 2017

Dining out is an old time social tradition that has been evolving for centuries. What started out as enjoying a meal with family and friends in a space designed to make you feel at home, now has the ability to transport you to familiar cities or exotic locations. The menu may bring new customers to the restaurant, but the aesthetics and design is what brings them back. The business has transformed throughout the years to accompany the needs of the consumer. 

A Guide to American Houses

December 16, 2016
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So you’re planning on buying or building a residential home. It’s a big step and a decision that requires a lot of thinking and research. To some, it’s hard to distinguish the different types of architectural styles. While they may all look just like an ordinary house, there’s actually a significant difference in the types of houses you may be looking at. Architectural style is sometimes hard to distingish, and at other times very easy. The following is a road map to the vast landscape of residential home styles and what might be best for you and your family. 

My Election 2016 Thoughts

November 4, 2016

Tuesday is voting day. Unlike buying health insurance, you are still free to choose whether or not to vote. If you choose to vote, there will be many choices, including the one for POTUS. Some of you may ignore politics altogether, and I envy that to some degree.  Others of you are policy wonks and some, no doubt, are ideological people.  I happen to be a dangerously over-informed private citizen, thanks to a great fiber optic world-wide web that has the power to give a voice to the powerless and deliver the globe of news and opinion to my desk and pocket.

To Store or Not to Store

October 26, 2016

Self-storage facilities offer a decent amount of benefits when you are looking at ways to save space in your home or property.  It ultimately can come down to the cost when deciding if you want to consider owning a self-storage. If you’re on the border about choosing whether to invest in a self-storage unit or not, take a look at some of the reasons below of why to own one that may make your decision easier to make.


The Future of Sports Architecture

October 17, 2016

When you think of architecture, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is the enormous skyscrapers they see downtown on their way to work.  The huge buildings with windows glaring in your eyes scream great architecture at you. Some may think of luxurious homes that feature some great architectural features. However, have you ever stopped to think how far and how advanced that sports stadiums have now become? Architecture has dived deep into the world of sports, presenting cities with jaw opening stadium designs with state of the art technologies.

4th of July Party

June 28, 2016

Excited for the long weekend ahead? Who isn’t! If you’re planning on having a party this weekend, we know things can get a bit hectic. Does the place look good? Do you have enough red, white and blue? What should you make for dinner and have for desserts? Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips for you on how to host a fun and patriotic party. 

Would You Live in a Container Home?

March 30, 2016

It’s hard to believe how far the developments in family homes have come. While many may think that having the bigger and better home designs is the best way to go, that simply can’t be said today. The shipping container started out as a small side idea, but now has taken the housing community by storm. It’s a unique and unlikely way of living, but it’s proven to have a lot of benefits. 

The Landing

March 24, 2016

To the dismay of Northern Michigan recreationalists, Lake Charlevoix’s, ”The Landing” dockside restaurant was slated for demolition and replacement by an RV park a few years ago.  The loss would have been devastating to the boating culture, as very few opportunities for dockside family fun and nightlife exist.

Michigan IPA Challenge

March 22, 2016

As the architects for an increasing number of breweries, tap houses and restaurants in and around Michigan, Designhaus believes it’s important to know you’re trade from top to bottom. So as an office we have decided to periodically and responsibly become familiar with the great beers of Michigan and vote for our favorites, category by category. So this past Friday after work we gathered in our interiors showcase room and selected four IPAs made in Michigan and took a vote. Here are the beers that were selected as part of our Michigan IPA challenge.