:SMALL DETAILS

08.29.11

Photo courtesy of Eduardo Suarez Photography

I just got off the phone with the owner of Interstate + Lakeland Lumber who was excited to share how a small architectural detail had made a huge difference!

I had the pleasure of working with him at my previous firm to create the Interstate Design Center. A place for homeowners, builders and architects to interact with windows, doors, hardware, flooring and Interstates extensive moulding collection. Dating back to the company’s roots as a Mill shop, the building is located adjacent to the Byram River. During extreme weather events (Hurricane Irene), the river floods.

With this in mind, the design team including the owner, developed a detail that anticipated the eventuality of a flood. The idea was to use a polished concrete floor and curb to hold the wood finishes, used throughout the rest of the showroom, above potential flood levels in the lobby. This solved both aesthetic and functional objectives and after yesterdays storm, minimized the amount of damage to the space.

Showroom photos courtesy of Joseph Plouffe

If you haven’t been there to see it for yourself, it’s worth the trip!

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One Response to “:SMALL DETAILS”

  1. :LEGS « Says:

    […] Irene (it’s hard not to this week)?  I wrote a great respectable blog post on how a small design detail made a huge difference during some of the flooding. Well my wife and I experienced some flooding […]


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