I like to get lost when I run. But I thought that Charlotte didn't hold any more surprises for me. So I was thrilled when I recently stumbled (metaphorically and literally) into Seversville and Stewart Creek Greenway.
The greewnway is still pristine and generally undiscovered. One leg of it creeps under a heavily-shaded canopy, next to the creek, so it is several degrees cooler than the street. It follows a soon-to-be resurrected trolley line that terminates at a mill, also on the cusp of revitalization. The quiet path links Rhino Deli, Pinky's, the Panthers' Stadium, Frazier Park and Wesley Heights. What? That's not enough to pique your interest, you say? You demand a brewery directly across the street from a quiet children's park? Fine. Blue Blaze is a great secret joint at the end of the line, sort of a "neighborhood bar" to the adjacent bungalows and tear-downs.
Oh, and I also found these amazing dilapidated rail cars.
NC House bill 590 will allow Interior Designer to seal architectural drawings for permit review. To go in to effect October 2017.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE BILL 590
Short Title: Interior Design Profession Act.
Representatives Riddell, McElraft, Saine, and S. Martin (Primary Sponsors).
For a complete list of sponsors, refer to the North Carolina General Assembly web site.
Regulatory Reform, if favorable, Finance
April 6, 2017
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A FRAMEWORK FOR THE VOLUNTARY REGISTRATION OF INDIVIDUALS IN THE PROFESSION OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND TO ALLOW REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL INTERIOR DESIGNERS TO OBTAIN PERMITS FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. The General Statutes are amended by adding a new Chapter to read:
"§ 93F‑1. Title.
This Chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Interior Design Profession Act."
"§ 93F‑2. Purpose.
It is the purpose and intent of this act to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the public by establishing standards for education and expertise for the practice of interior design and to ensure a high standard of professional conduct on the part of registered interior designers.
"§ 93F‑3. Definitions.
In this Chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) Department. – The North Carolina Department of Insurance.
(2) Interior alteration or construction. – One or more projects for an interior space or area within a proposed or existing building or structure that includes, but is not limited to, the construction, modification, or renovation, including rehabilitation or historic preservation, of a structure which would involve changing or altering one or more of the following:
a. The design function or layout of rooms, including in a way that requires assessment rearrangements to be performed.
b. The physical state of permanent fixtures or equipment.
c. The interior space or area to require verification of compliance with building codes, fire codes, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other State or local regulations.
d. Interior office systems furniture.
e. Nonstructural elements of the interior space or area.
(3) Interior decorator. – A person engaged in the performance of one or more of the following:
a. The selection or assistance with the selection, including the provision of computer‑aided drawings, of furniture, fixtures, or equipment that do not affect the safety, health, or welfare of the public as defined by any building code or other law, ordinance, rule, or regulation governing the interior alteration or construction of a proposed or existing building or structure.
b. The installation, assistance in installation, staging, or delivery services used for interior decoration.
(4) Interior life safety. – The analysis, development, interpretation, review, and employment of space plans or interior components for existing or proposed interior spaces to provide for compliance with any building code or other law, ordinance, or regulation to eliminate, reduce, or control life‑ or health‑threatening situations, including egress or ingress to ensure access to horizontal fire exit ways leading to predetermined vertical fire exit ways.
(5) Interior technical submissions. – Designs, drawings, specifications, studies, and other technical reports and calculations that are signed and sealed by a registered interior designer in compliance with applicable laws and that establish the scope of the interior design project, including the standard of quality for materials, skilled labor, equipment, and construction systems.
(6) Licensed design professional. – A person who is licensed as an architect, landscape architect, engineer, or land surveyor pursuant to Chapters 83A, 89A, or 89C of the General Statutes.
(7) Multi‑disciplinary interior design firm. – A business entity offering the practice of interior design and at least one other service involving a licensed design professional.
(8) NCIDQ. – The National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
(9) Nonstructural element. – An element which does not require structural bracing and which is something other than a load‑bearing element of a structure which is essential to its structural integrity.
(10) Practice of interior design. – Includes the following professional activities:
a. Programming, planning, pre‑design analysis, and conceptual design, including the selection of materials, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
What has made the design over-the-top special is the contribution of my partner, Patterson-Pope. They contributed a full, custom casework set, as well as those glorious doors. This project would not be anywhere near what it is without their support and contributions. I can't say enough about them, or my appreciation for them. Please take a moment to take a look at all the storage and office solutions that they have to offer. You will be surprised at all they have to offer.The Tiny Office has been an amazing journey to create.
But the great exercise has come to fruition, and it is time to sell the Tiny Office.
Some of the features are:
- 1/2" tempered sliding glass wall.
- Tall worksurfaces for standing and sitting layout.
- Plan flat file drawers.
- Rolled plan cubbies.
- Insulated in wall, roof, and even floor.
- Dramatically high ceiling
- Painted oversized cementitious siding all around.
- Metal roof
I am asking $10K or highest offer. I have a mover that I can recommend, but their fee is not included.
My interior design friends have been asking for this type of product for some time now. 3mm laminated porcelain has become available recently in the large format. But there were no really good options for treating the corners and edges. These are actual slabs, with edges that able to be bull-nosed, mitered, and built-up. You can see a beautiful gallery here: http://www.dekton.com/usa/gallery/
For more information, you can reach out to Angel Overton with Verona Cabinets, 704-755-5269, or email@example.com,
Corner of 7th and Pecan, beneath the water tower, because I know you were wondering.
There are amazing secrets in this city, probably most cities, right under our noses.
I like to run, partly for fitness, probably more for my mental health. One of my favorite experinces is, when I am out, stumbling across found art, such as the video above. These, to me, are the sinews and connective tissue of the city. These are monuments, literally in some cases, at the pedestrian level, created by and for residents.
I find that I get to know my town more intimately at 5 miles and hour, than at 55 miles an hour.
Somebody felt so strongly about some message, that they took time and effort to anonymously memorialize it. The painting on the rails above, I discovered, is tied to a mural two blocks away. This connection sent me on an internet hunt. It turns out there is an entire pedestrian art experience laced throughout Elizabeth: Now is Fireworks. Better yet, I haven't found all of the installations!
Below is an ongoing collection of found art, some professional, some of the "folk" variety.
If you come across and great street pieces yourself, please share them with me, wont you?
The mural connected to the video above. Can you find this one?