Tag Archives: Construction

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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Insulating a Slab On Grade in Hotlanta

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta Why in the world are we insulating a slab-on-grade in Hotlanta? Reason #1: Atlanta is not, I repeat, NOT a cooling dominated climate. Wait…What?!?!? Yes, it gets plenty hot here in the Summer, but it also gets downright cold. Which is why it’s one of the more difficult climates to design and […]

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A Perfect Residential Building Enclosure

A Perfect Residential Building Enclosure Buildings fail. It’s a harsh reality, but they do, and for many different reasons. Two pretty common ways are by falling down, and by making the people in them sick. There is a long list of other reasons, but this post is focused on these two. I am going to share how we are preventing these failures in all […]

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High Performance Tiny House, an Experiment

High Performance Tiny House, an Experiment In graduate school, I chose to focus on the work of Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, during a study abroad trip. One of the buildings that stood out, was his Experimental House, on the island of Muuratsalo, Finland. In the early 1950s, Aalto bought the island and built this house for his own experimentation. As I […]

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Building Science is Worthless…

Building Science is Worthless… Thousands of hours went in this construction detail. When we factor all the time spent by building science engineers, from all over the world, researching and testing each material and the various assembly options, and to figure out what works and what fails, the time is, really, impossible to quantify. Not to mention […]

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Technologies, Trends in Kitchen and Bath Industry via #BlogTourVegas

Technologies, Trends in Kitchen and Bath Industry via #BlogTourVegas NOTICE TO READER: Because of technical difficulties during the making of the following video, we ask that you increase the volume on your speakers before listening. Thank You. Hi everyone! Chris with LG Squared ARCHI + TECHS, here. In this video, I want to share with you […]

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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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