EP 8: Balancing Beauty and Function in Architecture

Space in an aesthetically pleasing building is easier to rent or lease and may offer higher income opportunities. But some materials designed for comfort and beauty can wreak havoc on a building’s structural integrity. To learn more about how to avoid water, code, and deterioration issues, Host Joe Shuffleton speaks with Shabbir Kazmi. Shabbir is an architect and lead professional with over 25 years of experience in the architecture industry.

In this episode:

[1:35] Resurfacing a balcony with carpeting, or other material can break building codes and become unsafe.

[8:15] Surface coatings such as aggregate, can protect concrete balconies as well as provide comfort.

[9:30] General rules for creating a safe and conscious garden on a balcony.

[12:52] Seal coating pavement with cracks is not a sustainable repair solution.

[14:30] Brick buildings are beautiful but do not let destructive ivy grow on them.

[18:00] Painting brick causes more water intrusion problems than it solves.