k-da Awarded Best Boutique Design Firm – NYC 1000 516 k—da

k-da Awarded Best Boutique Design Firm – NYC

k-da Wins Best Boutique Design Firm – NYC k-da was awarded Best Boutique Design Firm – NYC by BUILD Magazine. While we declined the offer to buy ourselves a trophy, we nonetheless enjoy the title!  While not the most prestigious of outfits, as architects, we are by nature slightly egotistic, so we are always happy…

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The Importance of Architectural Detailing 4584 1898 k—da

The Importance of Architectural Detailing

Architectural DetailingHow The Small Details Make Big Impacts The famous designer Charles Eames said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” If you have not been through a design process, you may not have heard of the concept of architectural detailing, yet it may be the most crucial part of a design.…

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The Real Deal Announces Sale 1600 900 k—da

The Real Deal Announces Sale

The Real Deal announces the sale of our 13th Townhouse! We are excited to announce that our West Village townhouse has sold – pre-completion!  The team on this project has been fantastic and shows what good collaboration can bring about.  We could not be prouder to be a part of this project. It is rare…

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DOUBLE PUBLISHED – RTF 225 225 k—da

DOUBLE PUBLISHED – RTF

Two projects posted on Rethinking the Future! After years of toiling away, these projects are getting their due!  Both the OH House and the LP Apartment were published in Rethinking the Future.  These two projects represent our large range from hyper contemporary New York City apartment, to clean and cozy upstate interiors.  Check out the…

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PUBLISHED – ARCHDAILY 1000 1359 k—da

PUBLISHED – ARCHDAILY

BD Apartment Published on ArchDaily We are excited and honored for our BD Apartment to get a little press!  We love this project.  It shows how much can be done with a small space, a willing client, and a little bit of clever thinking. CHECK OUT THE POST

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DESIGNING PHYSICAL DISTANCE 1112 1197 k—da

DESIGNING PHYSICAL DISTANCE

How to design for a pademic. Our lives have been profoundly affected by the 2020 pandemic – in ways big and small.  As we look forward to the future, we need to be thinking about what the new normal will look like. How does design react to a once in a generation pandemic?  Should it?…

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NEW LOOK – SAME MISSION 2560 1707 k—da

NEW LOOK – SAME MISSION

NEW LOOK – SAME MISSION We are upgrading our look! Klaber Design + Architecture is now simply k-da.  Along with the new logo and name, we have launched a new website to better show our work, share our thoughts, and offer resources to our clients. As part of a longer-term transition, this new branding is…

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Stalled 1200 800 k—da

Stalled

Reimaging Public Bathrooms Public bathroom design is typically tolerable at best, and often times not even.  This is compounded greatly by people with disabilities or who are transgender.  Stalled! is a group of architects and designers who have been working on reimaging the public restroom to be more inclusive and functional for everybody. We are…

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ARCHITECTURAL JARGON 1380 915 k—da

ARCHITECTURAL JARGON

Understanding the words that are coming out of my mouth. Like any old profession, Architecture is rife with a dense jargon that can sometimes make it difficult for an outsider to understand what an architect is trying to say.  We do our best to avoid confusing our clients, but we are not immune to this…

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DREAM TEAM 1333 1000 k—da

DREAM TEAM

ARCHITECTURE IS A TEAM SPORT TADAA recognizes that nobody can do this alone. Projects only come together when the whole team is working together to realize a shared vision, and you are only as strong as your weakest link. While we have great respect and working relationships with many consultants and firms around the city,…

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THE 5 PHASES OF DESIGN AND HOW WE CAN HELP 1000 1000 k—da

THE 5 PHASES OF DESIGN AND HOW WE CAN HELP

The 5 Phases Of DesignSeeing Things From Our Client’s Perspective It is not unusual for somebody to only need an architect once or twice in their life, and many of our clients are working with an architect for the first time. We feel that communication is THE most critical aspect of our relationship with clients…

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR BUDGET 1500 1000 k—da

UNDERSTANDING YOUR BUDGET

The Hard Truth About Soft Costs When shopping for a bottle of wine, usually the first question the clerk will ask is “how much are you looking to spend?” This is not to try and take advantage of you, but rather not waste everybody’s time describing the qualities of the $300 bottle of cabernet when…

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NOW THE FUN REALLY STARTS 1200 900 k—da

NOW THE FUN REALLY STARTS

137 W 13TH FULLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION After some fits, starts, and hard negotiations to obtain our licensing agreements, we are thrilled to report that 137W13 is now fully under construction.  Demolition of the rear wall is complete!  The bricks have been saved and will not be combed through to find the best ones to construct the…

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OUR NEW DIRECTOR OF DESIGN 2560 2560 k—da

OUR NEW DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

Andrea Guatta Caldini Joining the Firm as Partner and Director of Design k—da is thrilled and proud to announce that Andrea Guatta Caldini is joining the firm as a Partner and our new Director of Design.  He has a passion and talent for beautiful, smart, and sustainable design and an impressive ability to deliver. Andrea…

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THE POWER OF LIGHT 1200 1498 k—da

THE POWER OF LIGHT

Architecture and Light The psychological effect that your surroundings have on your mood is absolutely fascinating. Many researchers and psychologists have spent quite a lot of time on researching the effects of different designs, structures, lighting styles and colors on your mind and mood. During many years of research, these professionals found that colors and…

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9 QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR ARCHITECT 1335 1000 k—da

9 QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR ARCHITECT

The 9 questions you should ask at the start of a project. There are 1000s of things to do when starting a new project. This is why having right professionals on your side is essential. There several questions you are going to need to ask your architect and several more you are going to need…

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WHAT IS LEED, AND DO I NEED ONE? 1024 661 k—da

WHAT IS LEED, AND DO I NEED ONE?

What Is LEED? LEED stands for Leadership in Energy Efficient Design and is a rating system and agency that certifies buildings are sustainable according to their rating system. LEED, unlike PassiveHouse, takes many factors beyond energy usage into account when certifying a project. Indoor air quality, material sourcing, recycled content, and construction techniques are among…

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THE SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES EVERY PROJECT SHOULD EMPLOY 1080 1586 k—da

THE SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES EVERY PROJECT SHOULD EMPLOY

Sustainable Design Strategies Green design is an idea that most people have heard of, but few understand what it means from on a practical level. Most people when they think of a Green Building think of solar panels, but in reality, there is much more to it. While onsite renewable energy generation like solar panels…

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WHAT IS CRI…AND WHY DO I CARE? 1498 1000 k—da

WHAT IS CRI…AND WHY DO I CARE?

CRI (COLOR RENDERING INDEX) CRI is a measure of how accurately a light source can reveal the intrinsic colors of what it is illuminating.  Color is just the brain’s way of interpreting light wave frequency.  When light hits an object, it absorbs some frequencies and reflects others.  A red apple absorbs all the frequencies, except the…

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LIGHT AND MOOD 1500 1000 k—da

LIGHT AND MOOD

Light and Mood How Architecture Uses Lighting Styles To Enhance Your Mood The psychological effect that your surroundings have on your mood is fascinating.  Many researchers and psychologists have spent quite a lot of time on researching the effects of different designs, structures, lighting styles and colors on your mind and mood.  During many years…

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ONE AND DONE! 2017 1000 k—da

ONE AND DONE!

LPC Approves our GV Townhouse We are excited and proud to announce that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved our Greenwich Village Townhouse with no modifications or exceptions on our first attempt! The Landmarks approval process is laborious. It takes months of planning, work, and community meetings. Many times, even after all that work, the…

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WHAT IS THE LPC – AND WHY SHOULD I CARE? 960 960 k—da

WHAT IS THE LPC – AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?

WHAT IS THE LPC – AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?HOW TO DESIGN IN A PROTECTED DISTRICT The LPC, or Landmarks Preservation Commission, is a city organization charged with protecting various historic districts and buildings. If your project falls within a historic district or is an individually landmarked building, you are required to gain approval from…

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PROPORTION, SCALE + LIGHT 1334 1000 k—da

PROPORTION, SCALE + LIGHT

Louis Kahn + The Salk Institute During a recent trip to San Diego, we were lucky enough to take a quick detour to the Salk Institute, a research facility about an hour outside of downtown. It was built in 1965 and designed by Louis Kahn – one of the world’s greatest architects. What is startling…

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LETS TALK ABOUT MONEY… 1503 1000 k—da

LETS TALK ABOUT MONEY…

What you need to know about Architectural Fees A good architect should ask about your budget in your first interview. Do not dodge this question. While money can be difficult to talk about, you should never be uncomfortable about answering honestly. The Architect works for you, and one of the Architect’s most important responsibilities is…

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DO I NEED TO FILE? 1080 810 k—da

DO I NEED TO FILE?

Do I Need an Architect? There are many reasons why you should hire an architect. Architects are designers and can typically deliver more creative, useful, and pleasing spaces than contractor’s or engineers (or you;) alone. Architects are trained project-managers and like a symphony conductor can help get all the various consultants, GCs, and sub-contractors to…

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WHERE MARBLE COMES FROM 720 479 k—da

WHERE MARBLE COMES FROM

Where Marble Comes From… It is sometimes easy to forget the immense effort that goes into getting the materials that we use to build and outfit our buildings.  It can be easy to specify marble as if it just comes to this earth as slabs ready to become kitchens and bathrooms.  This beautiful film by Yuri…

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WHAT IS AN ARCHITECT? 1432 1000 k—da

WHAT IS AN ARCHITECT?

WHAT IS AN ARCHITECT? An architect is not simply somebody who works in an architecture firm or one who has graduated from architecture school. An architect is a licensed professional deemed by their jurisdictions to have met all criteria required to hold the license. It is a protected professional title. Each state has slightly different…

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IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL 1000 1147 k—da

IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL

Hot Property KDA’s West Village townhouse is in the news!  While we have not started construction, the Ascend Group, Round Square Builders, and KDA partnership is getting some press.  137 13th street is part of a unique MEGA mansion development play as 133 and 135 are also available for purchase. We are pushing ahead with what is…

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WHAT IS PASSIVE HOUSE AND DO I NEED ONE? 650 433 k—da

WHAT IS PASSIVE HOUSE AND DO I NEED ONE?

UNDERSTANDING PASSIVE HOUSE Passive House design is a strict design standard that limits the energy use of the house. While LEED concerned itself with many different factors, such as indoor air quality and embodied the energy of materials, Passive House only deals with energy usage. In the most basic terms, to achieve a Passive House…

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WHAT IS FAR… AND WHY DO I CARE? 2048 1103 k—da

WHAT IS FAR… AND WHY DO I CARE?

FAR – Floor Area Ratio FAR is a zoning acronym that stands for ‘Floor Area Ratio.’ This number will dictate how much ‘floor area’ you can have in relation to the size of your lot. It is one of the methods used by city zoning regulations to control the overall size of a building. For…

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WASTING NO TIME 1000 1195 k—da

WASTING NO TIME

Demolition begins at West Village Townhouse We are very excited that a day after closing, demolition has begun on our new West Village townhouse! KDA works with developers to accelerate construction timelines.  In this case, we were able to file for a demolition permit before the property was even acquired by our client.  This allowed for the contractor…

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TESLA’S SOLAR ROOF 1920 752 k—da

TESLA’S SOLAR ROOF

TESLA’S SOLAR ROOF Most people know Telsa as the company upending the car industry with their all electric cars with futuristic cockpits. Elon Musk, the founder, and CEO of Tesla, also started another company, Solar City. Recently he has combined his two companies. On the surface, it may not seem as if there is much…

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SOLID VS ENGINEERED 1024 335 k—da

SOLID VS ENGINEERED

SOLID VS ENGINEERED WOOD The short answer: engineered. While there may be isolated times when a solid wood floor is the better choice, in 90+% of situations you are going to want an engineered floor. So – what is the difference? As the name would suggest, a solid wood floor is composed of planks cut…

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WHAT IS BIM… AND DO I NEED ONE? 652 1024 k—da

WHAT IS BIM… AND DO I NEED ONE?

What is BIM… and do I need one? BIM stands for ‘Building Information Modeling.’ If you are going to hire an architect, you should be familiar with what this means. A common misconception is that it just means 3D model, but it is actualy much more. It is a revolutionarily way to document and deliver…

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TOM KLABER TO SPEAK AT DESIGN SUMMIT 1189 930 k—da

TOM KLABER TO SPEAK AT DESIGN SUMMIT

TOM KLABER TO SPEAK AT DESIGN SUMMIT Tom Klaber has been invited to give a presentation at the third annual Vectorworks Design Summit this fall.   The summit is an industry focused 3 day event, held this year in Baltimore.  Tom will be sharing his insights on how best to use new software tools to automate quality…

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WHAT IS AN EXPEDITOR… AND DO I NEED ONE? 1080 810 k—da

WHAT IS AN EXPEDITOR… AND DO I NEED ONE?

WHAT IS AN EXPEDITOR… AND DO I NEED ONE? Short answer – yes.  Long answer – maybe. An expeditor is a consultant to who handles the permitting process with the Department of Buildings.  In New York City, you are required to have an expeditor to file a drawing.  Despite their name, they do not simply make things…

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146 WAVERLY FEATURED IN NYTs! 1578 1000 k—da

146 WAVERLY FEATURED IN NYTs!

146 WAVERLY IS A BIG TICKET! We are very proud of 146 Waverly, and now the New York Times has done a feature “Big Ticket” article to commemorate the sale!  See read the article and see the project below. SEE THE PROJECTREAD THE ARTICLE

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ACURA TABLE FEATURED IN ESQUIRE 576 322 k—da

ACURA TABLE FEATURED IN ESQUIRE

The Office of The Future After some really great red carpet parties, the Esquire issue about the bachelor pad of the future is here, featuring the Acura Table.  Issue 1/2012.  Big thanks goes out to Marc Thrope, everybody at Acura, and Esquire. See the Acura Table Project See Marc Thrope's Work

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