Progress update: slab, walls and window rough openings

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

Earth friendly insulation

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

Green Building Reading List

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

Sustainability begins at home

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