Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Safdie Rabines-Designed Home in La Jolla

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s always exciting to work on a Safdie Rabines project. Each aspect is simple, justified, and well-planned. This project is no exception.

The execution was provided by General Contractor Mike Perreault of Beacham Construction. This is our first time working with Beacham, and we are immeasurably impressed.

Make Fab’s work consisted of metal amenities: sliding door, mailbox, cable railings and stair treads (hidden by paper below), and shelving supports. The project is 95% complete. Attached are photos of our metal work with more updates to follow…

In Need of Modern Design Inspiration?

July 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Maybe we’ve all been spending too much time trying to make a living and worrying about the future of our design business. We needed a break, and thought you might too. Here’s a visual vacation for you modern design lovers out there who would like to be reminded why you chose this profession.

Please feel free to forward any additional sites you feel are worthy. We’re always looking to add to this list. Only stunning, spectacular stuff, please.

This isn’t an all inclusive list, so please don’t be offended if you’re site isn’t listed below. It’s a continual work in progress.

Matt Devine

Flora Grubb Gardens
Jamie Huffman, Surface

Jonanthan Segal FAIA

Topher Delaney’s Cornerstone Garden


Building Materials

Now, go do good work.

Cor-Ten Steel. What’s the Difference?

June 8, 2011 6 comments

Designer: Chris Gustard

We get a lot of questions about Cor-Ten Steel (a/k/a weathering steel plate or high-strength corrosion resistant plate), mostly from our landscape designers and contractor clients, on how to use it, what’s the difference between this and raw steel. If you’re not familiar, here’s what makes this material special:

  • It has a beautiful and natural rust finish which has a refined rustic look.
  • It starts out looking like raw steel, but once cleaned of all oils, will quickly (within one month) take on a rust finish.
  • The surface is ‘reactive’, so the rust finish is variable and changing.
  • It’s core is non-corrosive, therefore it will withstand the elements without degrading like raw steel.
  • It’s available as a sheet material in thicknesses of 3/16″ to 5″.
In general, we have used Cor-Ten for planters, gates, railings, walls/retaining walls, and planting bed edging.


  1. Will it ‘drip’ rust and stain? Yes.
  2. Can I use it as a fountain? We haven’t. A lot of designers like this look for water features, and we’ve seen it used for fountains, but beware. Your water will most likely be brown and cloudy, and this can cause problems for your pumps.
  3. Is it more expensive? Yes, but worth it if you want it to last forever.
  4. If used for a planter, won’t the roots get too hot? Maybe. We’ve used bubble wrap or other filter fabrics to line our planters.
It’s one of our favorite materials. Please share your stories with Cor-Ten.

Most Recent MakeFab Projects

March 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Updated portfolio on

2011 National ASLA Convention in SD

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Attended the volunteers meeting last night for the national ASLA annual meeting which will be held in San Diego in October. They predict record attendance!

Ken Smith Tonight!

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Going to the Ken Smith lecture tonight!

‘Women in the Dirt’ Movie Trailer

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

‘Women in the Dirt’ Movie trailer, about California landscape architects

ASLA San Diego Hosts Ken Smith, November 4th

October 16, 2010 Leave a comment

ASLA San Diego hosts Landscape Architect Ken Smith to speak at The Neurosciences Institute, Thursday, November 4th, 5:30-8:30. Ticket:

AIA SD Archichat

September 21, 2010 Leave a comment

AIA SD Archichat tonight at 5:30.

William Krisel’s film at New School

September 11, 2010 Leave a comment

‘The Architecture of William Krisel in San Diego’ film will be shown at 9:30 a.m., September 18th, New School of Architecture, 1249 F Street, SD, CA 92101. For more info: