The impetus behind Glaze Architecture, LLC is to promote energy efficient architecture and to extend our vision for outstanding and thoughtful design to our projects and clients who aspire accordingly. We specialize in rural, non-HOA, custom designed, residential projects. We offer a flat fee, per house, that includes structural engineering, landscape design, architecture, with sincere, expert service. Unlike most firms today, Glaze Architecture, LLC does not provide bottom-rate fees with skimpy services and a low-grade product. Quality and performance are our focus.
A Briefing on Residential Design
Glaze Architecture LLC has a long list of goals that are considered with each project. We do not claim perfection, but we aim to provide you with excellent results that will significantly outperform the typical house design common today. Following is a partial list of goals and features that may be implemented with each project we design.
We employ three-dimensional (3-D) computer modeling with every house project and have used 3-D software since 1990. 3-D modeling helps you clearly understand the design and allows us to fine-tune features to respond to actual conditions like seasonal sun angles. We can easily do an accurate shadow analysis to understand how large or small roof overhangs need to be. 3-D modeling also helps clarify views from the house, not just how the house looks from the outside. The vast majority of houses today are not oriented to capture views, don't reflect the climate where they are located, and are rarely designed by an architect. They are designed to meet code-minimums and are not well-performing energy users. There are a myriad of house designs available on-line for little-to-no-money. In our experience, they are not designed with much awareness of basic construction or structural practices. Being generic in nature, they are unable to respond to site-specific conditions. Many popular on-line house designs today feature steep roof lines that generate a great deal of unusable volume inside the house. Why build space that can't be used and enjoyed? Our designs contain less overall volume than those just mentioned and result with more usable space. Our designs are bright, flowing, and invigorating. Moreover, careful attention is given to the amount of room needed around furniture, parking spaces around cars the garage, and in other similar conditions to avoid cramped and unusable conditions.
Our designs include features such as:
- Energy Efficiency- Instead of using the same, inefficient construction methods common over the last 100+ years, we advocate the use of Structural Insulating Panels (SIPS) for roofs and walls. Simply put, SIPS are a sandwich-panel of wood sheathing applied to both sides of rigid foam. They are available in 4, 6, and 8-foot widths and come 24-feet and longer. SIPS are designed in thicknesses that coincide with 2x4, 2x6, etc wood stud sizes. When considered with the whole project budget, SIPS are cost-neutral compared with standard wood-stud construction. For a typical house, SIPS can be erected in one to two weeks while wood-stud construction may require 6 to 8-weeks or longer to complete. And compared to wood stud construction, SIPS offer drastically improved thermal performance that does not degrade over time. A SIPS house can have a much lower energy bill saving you money. To further improve energy efficiency, we advocate high performance weather barrier, cost-effective LED lighting, high performance glass, large roof overhangs that shade the interior during hot weather, and efficient heating systems. Hot water radiant floor heat is excellent for Colorado. Berming earth up against the north-east sides of the house will enhance energy performance year-round. Solar electric systems can also be implemented. We can even help you arrive at a net zero energy (NZE) design if desired. We have many more practices that have been tested and proven to generate a superior product.
- Regional Climatic Design- As this region has over 300-days of sun annually and pleasant weather much of the year, a house design should take advantage of our climate. Locating windows on the proper sides of the house is important to capture views, save energy, and enhance livability of the house. Regionally, we have weather patterns like wind direction that should not be ignored. From which direction do strong winter storms blow? Where might snow drift? How can the sun be used to improve winter melting and reduce snow-shoveling? The house should be oriented to take advantage of outdoor spaces, even in the winter. Locate entry doors, garage doors, and outdoor spaces on certain sides of the house to improve performance and comfort. Where are views that can be captured? Bedrooms can be located on the east side of the house to enhance waking while living zones can be located westerly to take advantage of views, sunsets, and daylighting.
- Low Maintenance- The housing market today commonly utilizes the lowest-cost materials, products, practices, and fixtures available. This generates a high maintenance product. Is this the goal? With some additional cost (often nominal), we can help you make decisions that will significantly lower your maintenance efforts. We "test drive" products like weather barrier, windows, faucets, sinks, and many other items general and detailed to get real feedback on how well they perform and last. Choosing certain exterior building materials will significantly reduce repair costs and labor.
- Aging in Place- Today, many home-owners must move out of their house due to changing health and mobility needs. It is also common to live with aging parents. Standard with our house designs are practices that can greatly extend how long you can live in your house. Slightly wider passage ways are incorporated in key locations like the kitchen. This allows walker and wheelchair use. Doorways are 36-inches wide as a standard. Stair-free entries; lighting levels with dimmable capability; colors, patterns, and materials that enhance usability; heights of counters and other fixtures that accommodate wheelchair use; smooth flooring transitions; adequate clearances in all rooms; selection of fixtures that reduce maintenance; and many others are implemented.
Dave Glaze's architectural experience started in 1974 when his family built a large, advanced solar house on Flagstaff Mountain, west of Boulder. This was formative in his pursuit of architecture. Dave gained his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in 1988 followed by his Master's in Architecture in 1991. Dave is National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certified and is a registered architect in Colorado and Wyoming. Dave has been involved with slightly under $1 Billion in total project volume since 1991. Dave has worked in the following states: CO, IA, KS, MT, NE, and WY. Leaving the firm he had been with for 21-years, Dave founded Glaze Architecture, LLC in May 2012 to implement his vision for architecture.
If you desire a visionary project and we share common goals, feel free to contact us.
We are currently accepting new projects.
Dave Glaze, President
Glaze Architecture, LLC