Tankless Hot Water Heaters

One piece of equipment that many of our clients ask about is the relatively new tankless hot water heater.  The concept is that your hot water is heated “on demand”.  Only the water you need right now is heated and then the unit shuts off.  This saves a substantial amount of energy when compared to a traditional water heater. A standard hot water heater stores 50 to 80 (or more) gallons of water in a tank.  As the water in the tank cools, the unit will reheat the water to maintain a minimum temperature.

A tankless hot water heater offers several advantages, but should be sized appropriately for the intended use.  The primary advantage is the efficiency; these units can achieve significant energy savings, which translates into lower utility bills.  One potential design advantage is that these units are significantly smaller as they do not have the large storage tank and they are typically attached to the exterior of the home (freeing space indoors).

These units are sold as gas-fired or electric, but gas units are widely considered to be the most efficient option, provided you have gas service to your home.


Custom Living: Kitchen Drawer Divider

With TMD Architects projects keeping us busy this summer, we haven’t had as much time to work on many “custom living” projects around the house. However, one project we did sneak in before the end of Summer was our kitchen drawer divider.

First, you must know that whenever you give an architect an idea for a project, Auto-cad will no doubt be involved. (check out the drawing below)



The key for this drawer was to utilize all the space of the large drawer; we also wanted to find a way to have knives off the counter and in the drawer as well. It was determined that with a split level on one side we could manage to put all of our knives, silverware, and “miscellaneous” items all in the drawer.

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It is amazing how just a little more storage can make such a big impact – especially in the kitchen!