Looking Like Life Time Fitness Will be One of the First Businesses to Open in Rea Farms [Updated Aerial Photos]

Life Time Fitness in Rea Farms is Massive

Life Time Fitness, who purchased the 24-acre parcel of land from Lincoln-Harris, is well underway as far as construction goes. Nestled in the corner of Rea Farms (a huge site totaling more than 188-acres of future commercial, residential (CalAtlantic Homes 700+ multi-family and single family homes), and shopping), is looking to be one of the first businesses to open. Life Time Fitness offers everything and more that you would expect from a state of the art clubs. Check out their website for more info: Life Time Fitness.

Aerial photos of Updated Rea Farms May 9th, 2017

Tiny Office Studio Build in Charlotte, NC [Aerial Video & Photos, Q&A]

Aerial video of tiny office built by Jes Sanders, Studio S Architecture.

Photos of a tiny office studio in Charlotte, NC.

Q & A with Jes Sanders, Studio S Architecture, builder of the Tiny Office.

1.    What are the dimensions of the office?

a.    The office is 10’x12’ in plan.  The height, however, grows from 10 feet, up to about 13 feet.  Inside feels really cavernous in a good way.  And a group called Patterson-Pope that partnered with me on this project (http://pattersonpope.com/) was generous enough to donate a full-height glass wall system.  The window wall is so large that the opening can take up your entire field-of-vision from the inside.

b.    This was inside-outside relationship was really important to me (and again, appreciative of Patterson-Pope really helping to make this aspect of the design happen).  Open views are a touchstone of my architectural philosophy.  There is an appetite for large spaces.  But I think that we can create more right-sized homes (and commercial spaces) that feel monumental, if we open up our rooms to the exterior.  And furthermore, few spaces we create can compete with an even average green space.

c.    From a budgetary point of view, adding large windows to a project does incur a higher up-front cost.  But there is savings to be had in making a building smaller, both in terms of initial construction costs, and in life-cycle heating, cooling, and maintenance costs. 

2.    How did you come up with the design?

a.    The design, as I mentioned, definitely began as an exercise in blurring the line between inside and outside.  And, to put it simply, I wanted to see a kick-ass view.

b.    The form came from a desire for simplicity.  This office is really a cube, the simplest constructible form, with only one architectural gesture. Even the roof is reduced to one slope, and the plywood inside is left in its natural state.

c.    There have been two jokes made about my inspiration.  Both are completely plausible ideas that could easily have crept into my subconscious psyche.

d.    One is the terrific, genuinely retro sign for Park Road Shopping center.  I live across the street from the shopping center, and see the sign – which I have a fondness for – almost daily.



f.     The other joke friends have made may come from another fondness.  Some have likened the studio to the Jawa Sandcrawler from the original ’77 Star Wars movie.  I fail to see the resemblance.  


3.    Where did the inspiration come from to make an office that could be set outside?

a.    Tiny houses are obviously a big trend.  But I think there is real opportunity for a new work model.  The professional world is growing more remote and virtual by the minute.  There are production and marketing tools available today that were inaccessible to the individual just a few years ago.  The Tiny Studio offers a creative, dedicated work space for the home worker or solo entrepreneur that is also able to be separated from home life.

b.    Also, the budget fits.  A full addition to a house could easily run many, many times the cost of a standalone “accessory structure”.

4.   How did you and the other company collaborate?

a.    Patterson-Pope contributed two items: 10-foot tall tempered glass window wall with a sliding door, and an office-grade work-surface with drawers. The casework has flat file plan drawers, and cubbies for rolled architectural drawings.  Their contributions undoubtedly took the project from a fun hobbyist’s shed, to a one-of-a-kind project, a real studio.

5.    What was the toughest part of the build?

a.    I am an architect, and I have actual construction background.  Even so, when you dig in to any building project, there is always a lot more to it than you imagine.  Conceptually, you may know how a building goes together.  But the actual execution of cutting and nailing every discreet piece takes infinitely longer than the animation you might have playing in your mind.  And if you are looking to build a Tiny building yourself, plan in a LOT of runs to the hardware and lumber store.  If you forget one small item, which you will, this means another road trip.  Luckily, my wife was awesome, and willing to make runs as long as I kept hammering away.

b.    The other part that was a challenge was just the time that it took, in terms of weekends.  You have to stay on a project like this.  If you lose a weekend, you will lose two, and that could become a month.  You have to keep the momentum, or you’re cooked.  And, this has to be you one hobby.  Forget your novel, forget your trips to Asheville, forget your brewery tour you had scheduled with old friends – not to put too fine a point on it, but this is going to be your “thing” for a while.

6.   What would you do differently next time?

a.    Despite the lamenting in the previous question, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change anything.  But I really was looking for an opportunity to get out from behind the desk and hit some wood.  Even so, and even though my studio is very tiny, it took a lot of effort. 

b.    I would recommend, if you are interested in constructing your own Tiny Whatever, to have someone else build it.

c.    My neighbors designed their own studio with a shed company.  (Josh Payne at The Shed Depot, 1-919-770-4702.)  It came out great!  They paid a comparable amount to what I put into my studio (including time and out-of-pocket cash), and they got their shed delivered on a truck, without all the (literal) heavy lifting that I had to do.  All of the construction was factory built in a controlled environment.  And it came out great!

d.    I am an architect, so I am looking to design these gems, and then partnering with builders to execute the designs.



f.    My neighbors’ rockin’ studio!

Jes Sanders
Studio S Architecture

FAA Approves Hundreds of Drones for Lady Gaga's Halftime Show at the Super Bowl


Lady Gaga's performance tonight at Super Bowl 51, will feature hundreds of lit up drones.

She is being hush-hush about the whole performance but we do know the drones will be forming shapes above the crowd while LED lights create amazing color displays. This will be the first time drones have been used on live television. The drones are supplied by Intel and they have been raving about their Shooting Star GPS-controlled drones that are fitted with advanced LED lights (they can create more than 4 billion color combinations.) -

To fly multiple drones at a time requires a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration under Part 107. The waiver was granted and the FAA has also put temporary flight restrictions within a 34.5-mile radius of NRG Stadium from 4 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 5th for security and safety reasons.

Intel also supplied the development of this drone light show at Walt Disney during the 2016 Winter Holiday season.

Holiday Drone Light Show at Walt Disney World



Reduce Reflections in Photos With a Cheap, Simple Tool All Pros Use [Photo&Video]

Reducing glare from reflective surfaces using a circular polarizer is simple, with a twist.

Ever notice the bright, white orbs emanating from hardwood floors in pictures? No? Take a look below, but beware, you will no longer be able to look at hardwood floors the same in pictures. 

No circular polarizer has been used to reduce the glare.

a circular polarizer on the lens has been used to cut the reflections down on the floor.

If you have been shooting real estate photography for any amount of time chances are about 100% that you have had to photograph a hardwood floor. Beautiful, but troublesome for a number of reasons. The main one being that they are highly reflective. An easy fix to calm those reflections down is to use a circular polariser. Circular polarizers work by cutting out the glare and reducing reflections on non-metallic surfaces, deepening blue skies and saturating colors. Think polarized sunglasses. The filter allows the effect to be adjusted by twisting it. (see below)

video showing what a circular polarizer can do to reduce unwanted reflections

The video was taken for instruction purposes and you can clearly see the effects of the filter working it's magic. The reason you would want to do this is so you can see the beautiful wood grain that took so long to manufacture. People spend a lot of money on hardwood floors and having them show properly in pictures should be of high importance. Not only does the polarizer cut out reflections on hardwood floors but also on, ceramic tile, granite, marble, windows...basically anything non-metallic. Circular Polarizers are an invaluable and essential tool for landscape photographers, automobile photography, real estate photographers, and product photography. 

no circular polarizer used

polarizer used, no editing in post

example of a circular polarizer being used outside

example of a circular polarizer being used outside

For $38, you can get your basic circular polarizer and start improving your interior and exterior photography of homes, instantly. Amazon has many options for these filters and personally, I wouldn't buy anything cheaper than the one I have listed here. The lesser expensive ones tend to be made out of plastic and not real glass (you don't want that.) My advice is read the reviews. 

video from youtube explaining how and what a circular polarizer is

left to right: no polarizer used, circular polarizer used to darken sky

left to right: no polarizer used, circular polarizer used to darken sky

Polarizing filters can be used in many instances and I find them an invaluable tool in my camera bag. I hope you found this article helpful and informative. If you know a photographer who is shooting real estate and has yet to start using a circular polarizer, please share this with them, thanks. 

UPDATED Views of Crescent Providence Farm in South Charlotte

Providence Farm Aerial Views

an aerial view of crescent providence farm near the interchange of 485 and providence rd updated as of Jan 16, 2017

aerial video of providence farm on providence rd January 2017

framing is well under way on a building in the crescent communities' providence farm

What is Crescent Providence Farm?

"Crescent Providence Farm is a place where people can gather and discover something new in a culinary-inspired atmosphere unlike anywhere else in Charlotte. Inside the energy of a new town center, here, modern living spaces, dining, and shopping are tied together by a sense of community. With a demonstration kitchen, garden, outdoor cooking and dining areas for community use, Crescent Providence Farm has a distinct urban vibe that redefines farm living. Welcome to Charlotte’s only community designed to celebrate food, family, and friends." Find out more here.

Here are some aerial pics that were taken in November 2016 CLICK

Your construction productivity will increase with 3D aerial intelligence data

Six Cents Media uses drones for 3D map of construction site

Below is a video of us navigating a 3D map of a new development in Charlotte, NC. The construction site is over 90-acres and took less than 30 minutes to fly. This particular 3D image has over 4-million intelligent data points.

3d map


Six Cents Media helps construction companies with on-site surveys and to easily track progress. With our UAV, we can generate 2D and 3D models, maps, and aerial images that are up-to-the-minute and high resolution. Manage your resources, reduce interruptions, and most importantly, keep projects on their schedule and under budget.

Everyone is on the same page

Annotations and notes can be added to the map and can be shared across your network. Changes can be made sooner to save you time and money. Keep track of your equipment on huge job sites.

Contact us if you would like a live demonstration at your site.

Aerial View of New Mixed-Use Development Crescent Providence Farm in South Charlotte

aerial view of crescent providence farms. the site is located right next to the almost complete    Waverly    mixed-use development.

aerial view of crescent providence farms. the site is located right next to the almost complete Waverly mixed-use development.

72-Acre Mixed-Use Development on Providence Rd. in South Charlotte.

Crescent Communities is building next to Waverly and across from Rea Farms on Providence Rd just a tad south of I-485. "Crescent Providence Farm," a 72-acre mixed-use development of restaurants, apartments, shops, and a 150-room hotel. 

short flyover of crescent providence farm in south charlotte brought to you by crescent communities

part of the    waverly    site to the left of crescent providence farm. harris teeter and the soon to be developed rea farms is directly across the street

part of the waverly site to the left of crescent providence farm. harris teeter and the soon to be developed rea farms is directly across the street

aerial photo of providence road in the foreground and crescent providence farms behind

aerial photo of providence road in the foreground and crescent providence farms behind

More lanes will be added to Providence Road and Ardrey Kell Road and it will bring much-needed relief in the near future, but how much is still to be determined. Not everyone likes change, but in an already busy part of Providence Rd, I think construction is very well managed and I never feel they impede on traffic in an undue way when I drive through there. With that being said, I don't live in the area so I cannot speak on the direct impact it causes on a day to day basis especially during rush-hour.  


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