Healthcare Exteriors: Environmental Responsive Design


As the design industry continues to gather data, our ability to accurately predict the impact of exterior design options is exponentially increasing. Whether the healthcare setting is designed for a specific population (cancer care, pediatrics, etc.), or must remain relevant to a cross-section of users, exteriors can be designed to make a positive impact on patients, staff and visitors.

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Hospitality Environments Evolve to fit Needs of Modern Travelers

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, May 18, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, May 18, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Have you noticed that new hotels are feeling a little more luxurious and high-end these days? There are many new design trends emerging within hotels and this post will explore the latest and greatest in the world of hospitality design!

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends

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Video Interview: UrbanWorks Architecture - Designing with Color

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, March 22, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Wed, March 22, 2017 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Nichiha recently had the pleasure of sitting down with UrbanWorks Architecture’s Bart Nelson and David Haaland to learn more about how they design with color. Watch our video to explore 3 projects that have colored the Minneapolis skyline!

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Inspiration, Nichiha Projects, Thought Leadership, Vlogs

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#Trending: 5 Commercial Design Trends to Watch in 2017

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, December 09, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, December 09, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


What commercial design trends are you expecting to see in 2017? Trends not only help designers define a period of time, but also create the wow factor that people notice. Check out 5 commercial design items you can expect to see #trending in the coming year.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Inspiration

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Wow Factor Attracts Students

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, November 03, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, November 03, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


The student housing sector shows signs of continued growth as developers create new facilities across the United States. With increased competition among student housing facilities, developers are focusing on the ‘wow factor’ to attract students.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Student Housing

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Video Interview: Builder Gordon Root at 2016 Street of Dreams

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, September 12, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Mon, September 12, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Nichiha recently had the privilege to sit down for a discussion with our newest Builder of the Quarter Gordon Root, Principal and Founder of Stafford Homes and Land.Check out our video interview to experience Gordon’s 2016 Street of Dreams home for yourself!

Categories: Design Trends, Industry Trends, Inspiration, Nichiha Projects, Residential, Thought Leadership, Vlogs

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5 Trends in Modern Home Design

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, June 28, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, June 28, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Modern design allows the architectural details of a home to shine through. Every aspect of modern design is meticulously executed and creates a clean, sleek feel. For modern design inspiration in 2016, there are several places to turn. Check out these 5 trends to make modern a beautiful reality.

Categories: Design Trends, Inspiration, Modern Home Design, Residential

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Wood Cladding Comparison Chart

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, May 27, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, May 27, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Wood cladding offers a timeless appeal and jaw-dropping beauty. While natural wood siding looks beautiful, it has some drawbacks that should be taken into consideration. Many building manufacturers are working to create alternative cladding that offers the look of wood without the drawbacks. See how Nichiha’s fiber cement cladding stacks up against the competition in a side-by-side comparison.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Product Education

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Trend Report: Nichiha’s Wood Series

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, March 22, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, March 22, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Do you dare to use wood in your designs? Designers of all types are using the look of wood to highlight different areas of their projects. Nichiha is happy to assist designers by providing them with our Wood Series.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Inspiration, National Brands, Residential

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The impact of color on cladding

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, February 05, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, February 05, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Color is an integral part of our world and can have a psychological impact on all of us. As Frank H. Mahnke explains in an Archinect article, color not only impacts our natural surroundings, but also has influence within the architectural environment. Architects operate with this in mind and take color into consideration during the design process, especially when choosing cladding.

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Infographic: Top Home Exterior Upgrades

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, January 15, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Fri, January 15, 2016 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Nichiha’s latest infographic is a must-see! Take a closer look at the results from a June 2015 Professional Builder magazine survey that was given to readers on the topic of curb appeal.

Categories: Design Trends, Industry Trends, Infographics, Residential

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Illumination Panels Create Functional & Fun Learning Space

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, December 01, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, December 01, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Pope Elementary School in Cypress, Texas used Nichiha Illumination panels to create a space that was functional and fun for learning. VLK Architects, Inc. infused bright colors into the design using custom color Illumination panels that were installed on both the interior and exterior of the building.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Inspiration, Nichiha Projects

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Fall in love with your exterior

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, October 08, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, October 08, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Happy Fall Y’all! I don’t know about you, but fall is one of my favorite times of the year for decorating my front porch. From pumpkins and corn husks to friendly scarecrows and rich colored mums, fall is all about dressing up your exterior. This year, I was inspired while decorating my porch to make some additional exterior updates. Here are some quick tips to improve your overall curb appeal.

Categories: Design Trends, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Residential

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The Importance of Pinterest and Houzz in the Building Industry

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, September 17, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Thu, September 17, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


Day dreaming of exquisite exteriors, detailed designs, and state-of-the-art finishes? You have likely been perusing Pinterest and Houzz! Not only are Pinterest and Houzz great for leisure, but they are also two of the most important social media sites for the building industry.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Residential

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Trending: The look of wood takes the building industry by storm

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, July 14, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar

 By Michelle Penoyar | Tue, July 14, 2015 | Meet the Blogger | More Posts by Michelle Penoyar


The word on the street is wood. Have you noticed it is everywhere? Storming both interior and exterior settings, wood is making a comeback in a fresh and exciting way. We are not talking about old school 1960s paneled rooms and dark dated trim. Now it’s all about wood accent walls and other unique features.

Categories: Commercial, Design Trends, Industry Trends, Inspiration, Residential

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