A Blog About
The Design of Things 

Here lies my blog, dedicated to looking at cutting-edge interior design and exploring architectural house styles. We're also bringing favorite stories back to life, ranting, raving, and publishing content that otherwise wouldn't have a home. Here on the front page you'll find links to recently published pieces and everything else.  Please enjoy.    

Urban Explorers. Who are they, where have they been, and what do they want? I don't have all the answers but I do have some stories and this is as good a place as any to lay some down.  First up, the dude who has it going on at DCUE. He likes trains, tobacco and urban exploring.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Peter Brady.  (not his real name) 

Moving House in Alabama. Would you believe a Georgian on a trailer, heading on down the road to a new spot? Actually I'm not sure if it's a Georgian but it's the right shape and age.  This story goes beyond the move and ends up being a very green renovation. Have a gander :-> 

Gaze upon the work of a master. Sometimes a tasty treat falls right into your lap.  I've always been a fan of Jacobsen Architecture.  I've interviewed Hugh as an expert on modern design for several articles and I often run into Simon at the same parties. But I'd never actually got to write about one of their house designs - until this one. Have a gander and be amazed. 

Modern day industrial design doesn't look so industrial - it's more about the technology, right?  Seen here is something that may be changing our world in more ways than we can possible imagine.  Cars we don't have to drive, planes that not only fly by remote control but also rain down bombs and rockets. How about ships with no captains and trains with no engineer?  Most of that is already here. Take a look :-> 

Back in the old days men were men, women were women and walls were made of plaster. It was heavy, prone to cracking and expensive to repair. It was also sound deadening, fire resistant and had a more solid feel than what replaced it - which was drywall. Some say plaster is past it's prime, a dying art and they are mostly correct.  But there is niche for ornamental plaster work and those that still practice the art of plaster. Take a look...

There's certain kinds of stories that everybody loves and this is one of them. I know a guy who as an adult went back in time by buying and renovating the house he grew up in.  This is that same kind of story. Both the homeowners are in the real estate business and bought the beauty seen above from the husband's father when he moved into a smaller place. The plan was to sell it but things took an unexpected turn. Take a look. 

I've seen a lot of basement renovations but I've never seen anything like this. Retired architect Bob Schwartz bought a fixer-upper in Bethesda, Maryland because the house was in a nice neighborhood and a manageable size.  To create more living space and cut back on energy costs, Bob decided to move the kitchen to the basement and then remove part of the ground floor to connect the two spaces.  Sounds crazy, but it actually works pretty well.  Check it out...

It's great when a friend you've known for years gives you a tasty plum of a story.  I met Lorena Checa on a shoot for an HGTV show several years ago.  Turns out we had mutual friends and I ran into her years later at a party.  She designed this major house renovation which turned into two short films and a cover story for The Washington Post. Here it is on Design POV, a green remodeling story. 

A few years ago, DC Magazine assigned a story to me about three up and comers in the Washington design scene.  One of them was a builder/developer named Mark Turner who was working on a net zero energy house in Capitol Hill - which is pretty much unheard of. Flash forward to 2013 and Mark now wants to completely change how we design and build houses.  So actually nothing has changed.  Here's a look at his One Nest House.    

Some stories turn into epic adventures.  The Washington Post gave me an assignment in August to follow a professional house flipper attempting to rehab the beauty seen above.  His goal was to finish the renovations before October 15 in order to get it on the market before the holidays. Here's what happened...

The first time I wrote about Doug DeLuca of Federal Stone and Brick, he was building outdoor fireplace all over upper suburbia for people who wanted to enjoy an open flame in their backyards.  He's still doing that and also house hopping by buying distressed properties, turning them into show houses, selling them and then buying another one.  Here's the cover story that was written for The Washington Post about the latest house that he tells me he will never sell. 

As a full time media professional I work with a variety of clients including television networks, newspapers, magazines, agencies, and entrepreneurs. I write articles, scripts, proposals, white papers, web copy, and marketing materials. I also write and produce television and video projects for network, government and corporate clients. My areas of expertise include, architecture and design, energy, automotive, and travel. I maintain a personal website at ScottSowers.com.  Thanks for stopping by!   

About the Author

I'm a freelance writer / independent producer  broadcasting from Washington DC. My main niche is architecture and design but I also write about real estate energy, technology, food, lifestyle and travel. I also like  motorcycles and golf - I know, I can't explain it either. The golf thing, I mean.