Tips from the Architect

January 9, 2018
Photography is an important part of our firm's portfolio, and we make an effort to document finished projects whenever possible. Over the years Catalano Architects has worked with some amazing photographers who have outlined key considerations for... READ MORE
December 20, 2017
This holiday season, we invite you and your family to join us in the time-honored tradition of homebuilding - with gingerbread! We've created a guide for building a classic Cape Cod-style cottage that is simple enough for beginners and small helpers... READ MORE
September 26, 2017
in situ: “In the original place. In the appropriate position” – Merriam WebsterIn contemporary architectural practice, concrete walls are typically quarantined to buried underground locations as foundation walls or covered in gypsum wall board and... READ MORE
August 14, 2017
The latest version of ArchiCAD includes an exciting new feature that allows a user to import point cloud files. A point cloud is a set of data points that represent the three-dimensional, external surface of an object such as an existing site or... READ MORE
May 11, 2017
Many homes in the Boston metro area are over a hundred and have what is often referred to as "rubble stone foundation". Rubble stone foundations are most commonly found on buildings built before 1915, and they are ... READ MORE
February 15, 2017
Sometimes it feels like the television has usurped the hearth as the emotional center of the home, but that doesn't mean it needs to be in the physical center of the room. If you are looking for ways to put the television in its... READ MORE
December 17, 2016
Every year Catalano Architects attends the Architecture Boston Expo (ABX), the largest building industry event in the region.  We explore the hundreds of exhibits, demonstrations, and products on the showroom floor and attend... READ MORE
October 26, 2016
The use of copper in architecture dates all the way back to the 3rd century BC, with two notable examples being the roof covering of the Pantheon and the roof of the Danish castle Kronborg (made famous by Shakespeare as the setting of Hamlet’s... READ MORE
September 13, 2016
The entryway of a building can be designed to function in any number of ways. Using elements that reveal insight into the project's overall character, the door and its immediate surroundings can create an atmosphere of intimacy, awe, sparse... READ MORE
July 15, 2016
There is a multitude of stone and lighting effects that can be used for countertops and architectural elements in the home. The most common stones used for counter tops and architectural elements are granite, marble, quartz, and onyx. The... READ MORE
April 28, 2016
There are many decorative elements in homes today that have been around for hundreds of years. Some still perform their original intended function, and some have evolved into purely decorative elements. Moldings, for example, serve a useful purpose... READ MORE
March 18, 2016
Hardwood flooring plays a classic role in American homes and often plays a large role in defining the ambiance of a space. There are a few key factors that will affect your decision when selecting hardwood floors. Wood species, stain, finish,... READ MORE