2012

This page contains various updates we posted on the “Recent News” page throughout calendar 2012.

Disclaimer: The embedded links may not work – this page reflects historical posts and while the embedded links were functional at the time the updates were posted, they may not work now.

December 2012

We had the pleasure of visiting with Will Bruder at his new studio in downtown Phoenix on Friday, December 21st. Check out the fantastic holiday card he sent to clients to welcome in 2013, (below)!

November 2012

Our Thanksgiving holiday visit to Scottsdale was busy – we had our first overnight house guest, visited with countless friends and tackled a few remaining projects:

1) Installation of Nest Learning Thermostats. Three of the four are up and running – the fourth will require a qualified installer, as there seems to be some subtle difference with how the Lennox heat pump is wired vs. the other three Aire Flow heat pumps – the three Nest Learning Thermostats controlling the Aire Flow heat pumps are functioning flawlessly! Our Thanksgiving holiday visit to Scottsdale was busy – we had our first overnight house guest, visited with countless friends and tackled a few remaining projects which I’ve described in a new post you’ll find on the home page. I’ll add some photographs to the post, but wanted to share what we accomplished on this trip!

2) Installation of FX Luminaire fixtures on lower-level patios, (south-facing, adjacent to Office and east-facing, below deck, adjacent to Laundry). We opted for flush-mount fixtures from the same series used for up-lighting specific cacti and trees around the site. The fixtures we chose are similar to the FX Luminare RP-CW series, but without the “brow”. We chose RP-RG fixtures for this purpose because they’re flush-mounted in areas intended for foot traffic and are colored in “camo-bronze” since they needed to blend in with the blue-blackened copper cladding.

June 2012

In June of 2012, will bruder + PARTNERS announced the formation of two separate firms, WORKSBUREAU and Will Bruder Architects, LLC. I’ll update the various links on this site once the permanent websites for both firms are launched. Update: The new website for WORKSBUREAU launched in late December 2012 and Will Bruder’s new website launched in January 2013.

After Efficiency Mechanical, Inc. replaced three of the four heat pumps in April, we decided to install a new A/C return to supplement the existing A/C return for the air handler servicing the Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen. I’ll post photographs of the surprising location we chose for the new A/C return in October and report on the improvements we’ve observed in terms of air circulation, cooling costs and so on during the summer months, based on reports from our property manager and our utility bills.

At the end of May, we completed the landscaping project kicked off in March of this year at the Byrne residence! Ten Eyck Landscape Architects introduced subtle refinements to the site in their design, (below). For more details on the landscaping project, check out our past posts in April, May and June.

May 2012

As we approach the warmest months of the year, we decided to replace three of the four heat pumps, (we replaced the largest one about two years ago). The following photographs show the three new units and the new pads and decomposed granite we installed to tidy the area up a bit.

April 2012

The City of Scottsdale has completed the water main replacement project in our neighborhood! The final step was repaving the streets – reports from the staff at the guard gate and our property manager are very encouraging – the repaving went off without a hitch in June, and the results look great!

March 2012

The Byrne residence will be featured as one of five homes on the 2012 Home Tour benefiting the Cave Creek Museum. The residential architecture tour is on Sunday, March 25th, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tickets are available from the museum and they can be purchased online. Visit the museum’s website by clicking here for more details.

We’re also kicking off a rather significant landscaping project immediately after the tour. Ten Eyck Landscape Architects have introduced subtle refinements to the site in their design, and we’ll be sure to post photographs of progress in the near future.