Category Archives: Residential

Tiny House Design Build, Part One – Site Clearing

Tiny House Design Build, Part One – Site Clearing Preparations for building our 450 square foot Tiny House started this past week with the clearing of the site on an 8-acre property on the banks of the Withlacoochee River in central Florida. The design is being finalized this week, and we should have a permit from Hernando County sometime in the middle […]

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Handmade Barn Door makes Architects’ Condo Remodel

HANDMADE BARN DOOR MAKES ARCHITECTS’ CONDO REMODEL Without a doubt the 6′-0″ wide by 8′-0″ high barn door, made with wood salvaged from deconstructed homes in central Florida, is the first thing visitors notice in our 8th level condo in Midtown Atlanta. It was installed as part of the major remodeling we did last year. The barn door, along with […]

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Molette House, ca. 1825: Historic Preservation meets Energy Efficiency

The preservation, deep energy retrofit and new addition of the Historic Molette Family Plantation house near Orrville, Alabama kicked off last week with an exciting, and at times nerve-racking, three-mile move of the original 80-ton circa 1825 house to its new and, hopefully, final location. We watched in awe as 80 tons and 188 years […]

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Green Home From the Get Go – Guest Post

GUEST POST: GOING GREEN FROM THE GET-GO This article was published in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (AJC) on Sunday, September 1st in the Homefinder section, and was written Lori Johnston of FastCopy Communications BY LORI JOHNSTON FOR THE AJC Lori Johnston is a writer and editor who writes about anything, from the housing market to personal finance to […]

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Attention to High Performance Details In New Homes Pays Off

On the One Hand… …the Proud Green Home at Serenbe has been a kind of Experimental House for High Performance Design and Construction. Some of the features, products and practices we’re trying for the first time with this home, others we’ve used or done before, but they are still relatively new to the industry. To […]

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What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?

The most recognizable and commonly used mini-split system is the wall-mounted ductless system. They’re seen all over the world and are starting to become noticed and used here in North America, particularly in homes with small heating and cooling loads. Typically, they are thought to serve only small spaces like bonus rooms, garage apartments, etc. They can actually […]

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Deconstruction and Re-construction, DIY Renovation Part 2

I have one word. DUST. My inner neat freak (ok, maybe not so inner) has been put to the test during the renovation of our Atlanta condo. Everything involved some sort of dust. When I was constructing the barn door, which turned out beautifully, I could walk away from my Dad’s wood shop where we […]

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DIY Renovation of Architect’s Condo, Phase 1: Design

As architects, Chris and I are often asked, “If you could design your own home, what would you design?” A reasonable question when you have two architects in the same household. Also reasonable to think we would have a definitive answer. But we don’t. Although I am practiced at interpreting the needs and wants of our […]

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