Tuesday, July 31, 2012


By Amanda Rickenbach

How do you feel about bathing outdoors? The Dutchtub is an award-winning hot tub that’s inner workings are incredibly simple: wood fired and with natural circulation. Simple luxury.

With this smart fiber glass polyester construction and the sturdy, long-lasting materials you can use the Dutchtub where ever you want, any time you want. Choose from a variety of colors: Dutchtub Orange, Ocean Green, Light Blue, Pigeon Blue, Reed Green, and Dark Grey.  I'd put my tub on a bluff in the Columbia Gorge or in a secret wooded area on the Oregon coast.  Our long winters would feel extra warm with one of these cozy accessories hanging around.

View their inspiring video above - now you can't say no. 

photos: Weltevree

Friday, July 6, 2012

Corner of the World

By Jenny Guggenheim

So it turns out we like Instagram.  We really like Instagram.  It's an excellent tool to chronicle our day-to-day and now acts as a visual catalogue of progress here at Fig.  As you may have noticed, we've made some changes to our website, added a new partner (did we tell you that?) and have expanded to offer architectural services.  Ok, so we're officially and architecture and interiors firm.  Consider yourself in the know.  Follow our camera roll as we document our evolution and project progress- we promise to give you a little visual treat each day...and we promise to make a more formal announcement and throw a party for our new name, Fig. Studio Architecture + Interiors.

Cheers for now,
Jenny and Jeff

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Living Roofs

By Amanda Rickenbach

Chances are that you have either seen a green roof or have been inside a building that has one. They are growing in popularity both in residential and commercial design for a number of reasons, but I thought I would list just a few of the best ones.

-Living roofs help to lower urban air temperatures and combat the heat island effect.

-Living roofs help keep the interior of your home at a stable temperature. Plants and soil are really great insulators, which means you’ll save money on your heating and cooling costs.

-Living roofs filter rainwater. When the water falls on a typical roof, it’s often funneled off into storm water drains, collecting pollution along the way. When rain falls on a living roof, however, it’s filtered naturally just as it is in the wild. This means you can reuse this clean water in your home or garden.

-Living roofs attract native wildlife to your yard. And depending on what you plant, it can also be a food source for you, or your furry friends.

-Living roofs filter noise, keeping your home quiet.

Besides all the great stuff they do for the planet - they look fantastic.

photos: first - feldman architecture, second-fourth - ecoroofs everywhere