Friday, February 23

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Designing the Dream

Designing the Dream: Up on the roof

Let’s talk about roofs. You want your roof to be as efficient as possible in conducting water away from the house. Wood can stand to getwet, and dry off again, but it can’t get wet and stay wet without awakening dormant bacteria, mold, fungus and mildew—in a word, rot. Keep that water moving. Head it down, move it out. Make your roof work for, not against you Then, where the water from the roof reaches the ground, take into consideration how it will be directed away from the building. If the runoff drains onto a patio on the uphill side of...

Designing the Dream: Walls, Windows & Ventilation

This month we’ll discuss walls (briefly), doors, windows and ventilation. Walls People rave about the insulating qualities of strawbale walls.  Well, yes, tight walls are nice, but, since hot air rises, where you really need insulation is in the roof.  Also, keep in mind that although one sort of wall might be cheaper, the walls comprise a relatively small part of the house cost. There are many wall systems possible: frame, insulated concrete form, straw bale, cob, pumice-crete and more.  Built well, they’ll all do a good job for you, and their advantages and disadvantages will vary according to world markets, availability...

Designing the Dream: Step 2 – Siting your house

This is the second in a series of articles about designing a house for the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the San Luis Valley. The uniqueness of your site is key, wherever you are, to designing a loveable, livable house. Sustainability and low maintenance are priorities for me in this series. This is not about new or experimental features in home design, because although fascinating, they can require a lot of time and attention. Instead, I am looking for tried-and-true materials and designs that will require little maintenance while taking advantage of natural local benefits like...

Designing the Dream –  Step 1: What’s important in a home?

This is the first installment of a series of articles on home design, incorporating some of the things I’ve learned over the years. These articles will be about designing a house for here, the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the San Luis Valley. Allowing for your unique environment is key, wherever you are, to designing a loveable, livable house. Sustainability and low maintenance are priorities for me in this series. This is not about new or experimental features in home design, because although fascinating, they can require a lot of time and attention. Instead, I am...

Designing the Dream: Walls, Windows & Ventilation

This month we’ll discuss walls (briefly), doors, windows and ventilation. Walls People rave about the insulating...

Designing the Dream: Step 2 – Siting your house

This is the second in a series of articles about designing a house for...

Designing the Dream –  Step 1: What’s important in a home?

This is the first installment of a series of articles on home design, incorporating...
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