We are absolutely delighted that The Bartlett has been recognized by the Washington Business Journal for the Best Real Estate Deal. This honor can only be accomplished through the continued dedication of our amazing design team and our loyal clients.
POSTED ON APRIL 25, 2017
We are honored to be recognized by Interior Design Magazine for raising to the 2017 Top 100 Giants! We are thankful for our wonderful team of designers and for our loyal clients who have made the journey possible
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 17, 2017
We are honored to be recognized by the Washington Business Journal’s 2016 Top Corporate Philanthropy List for the first time! This great achievement can only be accomplished through the continued dedication of our amazing team towards helping and giving back to the community.
POSTED ON DECEMBER 1, 2016
Lighting is one of the most important elements to consider when designing any space, and this important tool is continually evolving. Meeting the requirements of state, county and national regulations as well as the electrical engineer’s energy model necessitates evaluation of our client’s needs on a grand scale. This evaluation must balance many factors including budget, aesthetics and energy efficiency.
Though the first cost is still considerably more than conventional fluorescent and incandescent luminaries, LED lighting is the way to achieve both the low wattage requirements and the appealing effect. With this in mind, a realistic approach to the lighting budget is important. Considering that the savings over time will well out weigh the initial cost, LED lighting is an investment that pays off.
Not only will the cost of electricity be substantially lower, the greatly reduced labor (to re-lamp) and bulb replacement expense quickly help to recoup the initial cash outlay. Additionally, when renovating a building, consider the many retrofit LED lamps on the market. There could be no need to replace light fixtures and Pepco rebates may well be applicable. Whether using retrofit lamps for a renovation or new construction, choosing the right color temperature and rendition is critical to setting the mood and obtaining the desired ambiance. For calm, relaxing spaces, consider using soft, warm lights with orange and yellow hues (2700K or warmer). For a room that is intended to be livelier, like a fitness center, a slightly cooler temperature (3000 or 3100K) is ideal. Color rendition of 80 or higher is recommended for the best color interpretation.
To create the mood, many different types of lighting fixtures are required. Down lights provide general lighting and pooling of light on the floor, accent lighting is used for special features and art, while sconces and chandeliers are used for additional layering of light as well as decorative elements. The good news is that there are LED lamps for most fixture types today so you can easily achieve the look desired and contribute to the green initiative. If you’re working with an interior design firm, make sure everyone has a clear understanding of the mood you wish to create, the budget and required energy efficiency. Your interior designer will know the best way to utilize the natural light coming into the room, and how to properly support that light with general, task, accent, or a combination of all three types of lighting.
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 10, 2016
Hartman Design Group is honored to have been selected in the Washington Business Journal’s 2015 Top Interior Design List once again. We are honored to have received such a high profile award. Our accomplishments speak to the success of HDG’s philosophy in creating clear results with Interiors that Inspire…Projects that Succeed. HDG is proud of its extremely talented, motivated and dedicated team as well as its loyal and amazing Clients and vendors.
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2015