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Starry Starry Nights – What is Light Pollution And How to We Stop It?
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Starry Starry Nights – What is Light Pollution And How to We Stop It?

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Starry Starry Nights – What is Light Pollution And How to We Stop It? by Michelle Laurie We believe that designing an environmentally efficient home starts with saving water, reducing energy costs, and using earth-friendly building materials. But reducing light pollution is becoming another factor in making a home a healthier place to raise a […]

Top 3 Garden Trends for Families
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Top 3 Garden Trends for Families

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by: Michelle Laurie   Three Summer Garden Trends For Families So much of what we do at Mahoney Architects revolves around family and integrating our homes and outdoor spaces into family-friendly areas accessible to the whole family.  Now that we find ourselves in the height of summer, we all like to be outside to entertain, […]

Earth Friendly Fire Pit (hint: there’s no smoke)
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Earth Friendly Fire Pit (hint: there’s no smoke)

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By: Michelle Laurie Outdoor fire pits have become the must-have backyard accessory. What could be better than a stay at home camping experience, complete with roasted marshmallows and s’mores? Sitting around a fire is such a primal part of us. The fire pit is a place for family gathering, story telling, and relaxing outdoors under […]

The Drought Proof Home
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The Drought Proof Home

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The Drought-Proof Home by: Michelle Laurie Photos by: Colleen Mahoney With the government of California imposing water bans to try to combat the now 4-year drought, what can you do to create a drought-friendly home? Governor Brown’s emergency regulation to reduce water consumption by 25%, means many consumers are rethinking how they use this  precious […]

A Walk With Nature – Colleen’s Biomimicry Bio-Blitz Walk
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A Walk With Nature – Colleen’s Biomimicry Bio-Blitz Walk

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by Michelle Laurie Photos by Colleen Mahoney Many of us take a walk in the woods to get away from technology, to refresh our bodies, or maybe just to get a little exercise. Take a walk with Colleen Mahoney and you’ll discover a perspective on how we can be inspired to mimic nature’s perfect order. […]

Space to Grown On – Kid Friendly Homes
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Space to Grown On – Kid Friendly Homes

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by: Michelle Laurie photos by: Paige Greene   Children’s areas of the home are no longer reduced to the bedroom. Depending on the size of  your space, there are many ways to think creatively to make areas of the house kid-friendly. Let’s Start with Bedrooms. The bedroom  often doubles as a play area, and the […]

Three Things to Consider When Building an Entertainment Area
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Three Things to Consider When Building an Entertainment Area

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Title: Three Things To Think About When Building an Entertainment Area by: Michelle Laurie 1.  Plan for Future Technology With changing technologies come changing needs. Twenty years ago we couldn’t predict that our world would be wireless, but now everything in new homes is reliant on a strong internet connection. Do you have a competent […]

How Much Will Electronics Be a Part of Your Life?
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How Much Will Electronics Be a Part of Your Life?

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How Much Will Electronics Be a Part of Your Life? by: Michelle Laurie When building a media room, many people think it’s all about the equipment.  But stop for a moment.  If you’re surrounding yourself with electronic devices, like speakers and televisions throughout the house, where do you go to get away from that?  We […]

Thinking of Building a Media Room? Plan Ahead.
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Thinking of Building a Media Room? Plan Ahead.

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The kitchen used to be known as the heart of the home but in the 21st century, we see more and more of our clients asking us to create a dedicated entertainment or media room. They want a place where the family can spend time relaxing, watching a movie together, listening to music or playing […]

Mahoney Architects Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Design Award
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Mahoney Architects Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Design Award

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Mahoney Architects is one of the top rated sites on Houzz and we’ve got the badge to prove it! We’ve done it again! For the 4th year in a row, Mahoney Architects has been awarded a “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. We’re delighted to once […]

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