A peak into the insulation we used in our house.
My plaster master, Tim, marched enthusiastically across the field to report that we had reached a major milestone: no more exposed blox on the exterior.
Our property is covered in native lantana. What a gift!
Here's some photo updates from the framing phase of our house.
Once we closed on our construction loan, we were ready to form our building footprint slabs and within a couple of weeks pour our foundation. Next, the blocks were delivered and the crew began to stack. Just before Christmas, most of the main house was stacked and rough openings of windows hinted at our future … Continue reading Progress update: slab, walls and window rough openings
There's an ocean of debate threads on the topic of eco-friendly, sustainable, energy-efficient insulation. The way you construct your roof, attic and walls directly impacts your material options. The goal is to create a tight building envelope with strong thermal and acoustic insulating properties. We've got a few different roof styles in the house, which … Continue reading Earth friendly insulation
From the Library: Passive Solar Architecture: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Daylighting and More Using Natural Flows, by David Bainbridge The Passive Solar House: The Complete Guide to Heating and Cooling Your Home by James KachadorianBuilding Your Home: A Simple Guide to Making Good Decisions -- Super helpful primer on all the decisions one must make when … Continue reading Green Building Reading List
There are so many alternative building systems available. We have selected a locally fabricated masonry material made of Portland cement and recycled paper.
From the outset, we wanted to demonstrate ecological stewardship through sustainable design principles. But "what exactly do you mean by sustainability?" is a question I was asked by many architect and builder candidates I interviewed. In many industries the term is used broadly and casually. In the field of architecture and the realm of building, … Continue reading Sustainability begins at home