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Building a Concrete Slab to Last Forever

BUILDING A CONCRETE SLAB TO LAST FOREVER, AT THE OFF-GRID HOMESTEAD Can something we build today, using the materials and techniques available, last forever? Like the ancient Pyramids and Temples in the world? With a focus on durable materials, solid soil, and proven best practices of construction, I believe it is absolutely possible to build […]

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VIDEO: Fertigation System with Duck Pond, Off-Grid Homestead

A Fertigation System, with Duck Pond at the Off-Grid Homestead VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: I am in the duck pond at the off-grid homestead in North Carolina. It is one of a series of collection areas for the fertigation system of the southern food forest. We completed the northern food forest about a month ago and you […]

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Controlling Heat Flow and Cracking in Concrete Slab

CONTROLLING HEAT FLOW AND CRACKING IN SLABS ONE BUILDING, TWO SLABS Two of the five concrete slabs at the off-grid homestead are now complete. The barn has two completely separate slabs for one building, with a two inch gap between them, filled with two (2”) inches of rock wool insulation to control heat flow and […]

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VIDEO: Building an Off-Grid Homestead

video: Building an Off-Grid Homestead What is an off-grid homestead? What does it mean to design and build a house that lasts generations? What does it mean to have a house be comfortable and keep its occupants warm in the winter and cool in the summer, without using a lot of energy, and keeping the […]

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American Standard Meets Not-So-Standard Concrete Countertop

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AMERICAN STANDARD MEETS NOT-SO-STANDARD COUNTERTOP, AND IT’S LOVE AT FIRST SITE AN IDEA As architects, my husband and I often get the question, “What kind of house would you design for yourself?” Up until about a year ago, the answer was, “I don’t know. We haven’t really thought about it.” As is often the case, […]

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Rock Wool Insulation for Floor of High Performance Tiny House

ROCK WOOL INSULATION FOR FLOOR OF HIGH PERFORMANCE TINY HOUSE In August of 2016, we posted a video describing the design and construction of the foundation and floor framing of our High Performance Tiny House in Florida. Since then, we have made a lot of progress. We’ve also prioritized the design and construction of an off-grid, […]

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Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Air Tight Ceiling

Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home The AIR Barrier at the ceiling plane, that is…. At LG Squared, we have experimented with many ways to design and build a roof assembly for a home. Without question, we have found the ventilated attic to be THE most effective. Image 1 – View from Home: […]

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Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check Out It’s Drying Potential.

Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check Out Its Drying Potential. Check this out! This 24″ x 48″ x 2″ thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the […]

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Well-Built Dumb Home

Well-Built Dumb Home One of the smartest things ever said about building a new home, was about something dumb: “A Well-Built Dumb Home beats the Smart Thermostat Every Time” – Mike Rogers, OmStout Consulting Mike said this in response something I shared on LinkedIn, which was a blog post written by the British architect, Elrond Burrell, known for his PassivHaus musings, where he […]

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A Solution for Fresh and Make-Up Air Happiness

A Solution for Fresh and Make-Up Air Happiness Most of us are happy inside our homes, when the air we breath is fresh, and without the nastiness that can make us sick, or that is just plain stinky. As soon as it’s not fresh, we try to get rid of it. Some of us open a window or two. Others crank up an exhaust […]

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