Month: July 2017

Simple Techniques for Lowering the Cost of Zero Energy Homes – Zero Energy Project

While the house here is part of a project in San Joaquin County CA many of the engineering principles remain the same. I discovered this via a FaceBook post from WolfWorks out of Avon CT (down the road and around the corner from me) who wrote (the emphasis is mine): I think they forgot about making it beautiful! That said, all these principles are applied across the board on all our projects. Simple Techniques for Lowering the Cost of Zero Energy Homes – Zero Energy Project In an effort to find ways to make zero energy homes more affordable, San Joaquin...

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Designing Your Perfect House: Lessons from an Architect by William J. Hirsch Jr. AIA

I just discovered a book by Architect William J. Hirsch Jr. AIA entitled Designing Your Perfect House: Lessons from an Architect (November 1, 2008) that I think is a great book on the thinking and planning process for prospective new home builders (and contains design advice that is certainly useful for remodeling too). The author Mr Hirch can also be found on the web at: Facebook: William J Hirsch Jr. Inc AIA – Home Houzz: Designing Your Perfect House: Lessons from an Architect William J. Hirsch Jr., Inc. – Design Solutions to Lifestyle Challenges and another site entitled: Expert Home Design, Kitchen Design, & Bathroom...

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The rise of the McModern – Curbed

The rise of the McModern From busy rooflines to plastic shutters, mismatched windows to four-car garages, the McMansion has dominated the American suburban residential landscape for almost 40 years without a notable change in aesthetics. Many people know a McMansion when they see one. The typical McMansion follows a formula: It’s large, cheaply constructed, and architecturally...

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