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Escamill Law Firm: Pre-Inspection on Rough-In

The electrical and mechanical systems are now mostly roughed in. Lighting selections have been made and the building paper is on, We expect a green light to move forward on this inspection. Next up for the build is drywall, and the initial finishes. (Above) View from kitchen. Notice the dividing wall between kitchen and dining [...]

By | November 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Escamilla Law Firm: Rough-In Update, Storefront Frame Installed

Storefront framing and most of the metal work is now installed. It is really nice to see the storefront framing in and the elegance of the facade mullion design is now taking shape. The entry will be especially interesting, but is yet to be seen. (Above) The south facade window metal work and fascia metal [...]

Escamilla Law Firm: Insulation, Rough-in on Track and Looking Good

Here is the latest update. All in all, it is looking good. (Above) The window overhangs, and canopy are installed and roofer well on his way providing the needed impervious membranes. (Above) North east side of facade. The canopies are looking good, and the modified roof system is being applied. (Above) South facade perspective. Gutters [...]

God is not in These Details

Looking around the Valley it truly is hard to find the highest level of craftsmanship in design and construction. McAllen is certainly no stranger to this issue. Occasionally we will take photos of various architectural specimens of this sort and call them out. Below are a few photos from one of McAllen's latest shopping centers [...]

By | October 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Escamill Law Firm: Framing Update

Here is quick post on the status of construction. Framing is at about 90% complete, and the project stands at about half way to completion.   The canopy is fully framed. Roof slope and plumbing on interior wall pending. Notice the very large window and clerestory at main conference. You can see the glue lam [...]

The Beauty in Structure: Looking at the Structure Behind the Escamilla Law Firm

Next to substantial completion, my favorite phase of construction is framing. I imagine the same allure is there for many architects involved during construction. Yes, the final product that makes up the archi-porn that designers and architects drool over in the monthly magazines always gets us motivated, but for others like myself, it is all [...]

By | October 11th, 2014|Architectural Theory, Commercial Architecture|0 Comments

McAllen Luxury Remodel Guided by a Simple Design Concept

Elevate Architecture approached this McAllen remodel of a 1990’s Mediterranean home with a few guiding principles which fit within a singular concept. Generally speaking, the client was trying to update the look of the home to feel more modern/contemporary. The aesthetic problem to solve here was that the house was built in a traditional style [...]

By | September 21st, 2014|Residential Architecture|0 Comments

A Spatial Metaphor of Law: McAllen Attorney’s New Office Building Expresses Progressive Architecture from the Inside-Out

In most cases, office design in South Texas falls within a fairly standard set of rules and ideas: 4 walls, Spanish Colonial style,EIFS finish painted in natural non-offending tones. The fairly simplistic and non-evoking (vernacular should I say) architecture leads one to think that the bulk of the costs must go into the interior finishes [...]


While I have never been, I have heard The World Architecture Festival is the largest architectural festival around. Around 200-300 projects are shortlisted to compete in about 20-30 categories. One of these projects is awarded the "Building of the Year". I guess you could say it is like the Academy Award's for architecture every year. [...]

By | December 28th, 2013|Art and Architecture, Urban Design|0 Comments

Talk About a No-Brainer: Water-Recycling Shower Cuts Bills by Over $1,000

This post, while not specifically discussing architecture deals with the technology that we can put in our buildings. Indeed, this idea has enormous potential, and I am sure we will be seeing this or other similar technology in our buildings/homes in the near future. As you will see in this CNN video, I guess it [...]

By | November 11th, 2013|Building Technology|0 Comments