the re-purpose driven life

May 12th 2016 Comments: 6

Currently, the trendy buzzphrase in the architectural word is “Green Design.” This is basically defined as a philosophy of creating buildings that minimize negative environmental impact. This is accomplished by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space. When asked if we practice this concept of … [read more]

inspiration point

April 28th 2016 Comments: 2

When we begin a new project, our clients often ask “What can we do to communicate what we like?” In the olden days of yore, we’d ask for pictures ripped from magazines that illustrated things that caught their eye. Nowadays, this is typically organized through a high-tech-tear-sheet collector called Pinterest. … [read more]

ice box tops

March 12th 2015 Comments: 15

Over the years, we’ve come up with a number of ways to beautifully and gracefully accommodate this unwieldy frigid casket. Following are a few of our adroit solutions. Here, the unit is paneled in a stained pecky cypress.  It’s mass is balanced with a matching pantry cabinet which mirrors the … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Kitchen

cabinet position

December 4th 2014 Comments: 24

Nothing screams “suburban kitchen” like an unending line of squatty in-your-face cabinet doors. I know, I know, people always say “but where will I keep a glass?”. Trust me, there are much more attractive ways to solve this problem – and ones that pre-date the advent of the 1950s kitchen. … [read more]

1000 islands (well, actually only 10)

May 8th 2014 Comments: 7

But laden with such responsibilities, how do you keep the design from looking like the USS Intrepid has suddenly stationed itself inside your kitchen? The following are some examples with tips we use in some of our designs: Cleverly break the scale down.  Notice how the countertop slab is elevated … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Kitchen

kitchen staff

December 17th 2013 Comments: 3

On this blog, we show a lot of the work we do for others but today, I’d like to open the doors to some of our staff’s homes – in particular, the kitchen. Here’s what a few of our staff have at home on the stove. During Bobby’s residency in … [read more]

stool of thought

July 16th 2013 Comments: 3

That’s precisely why we architects and designers exist as a profession. After all, just about anyone can draft a house – a room – a chair; that’s base vocational training. When sculpture results in the manufacture of the everyday, then shelter and gear venture into the realm of art. Take … [read more]

kitchen counterpoint

November 13th 2012 Comments: 3

Bobby McAlpine isn’t just a residential architect; he’s a thinker. He and his Montgomery, Alabama-based firm McAlpine Tankersley have designed some of the most beautiful homes in the country over his nearly 30-year career. And what makes those houses and their rooms (kitchens included!) special is the way he conceptualizes, … [read more]

an author’s kitchen

September 4th 2012 Comments: 9

“That chandelier is very phallic. Or maybe it has just been a long time for me!” “Wait, someone actually wrote that?” Joanna, a writer, asked me during a recent interview for a USA Weekend article. “Yes, when my not-so-usual kitchen was published in House Beautiful magazine’s February 2010 issue, it … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Kitchen Design
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