adding depth to 3d images has long been the holy grail of 3d modeling We have all experienced stereoscopic images. We have stereoscopic vision, so everyday sight is what I am talking about. The few inches between our eyes provide a slightly different view point. For any given surface that we see one eye sees a little bit more or a little bit less of it. While the difference is very slight it is sufficient for us to judge distances in 3d space. This is something we have not really been able to capture when we do drawings. While we have gotten pretty good at depicting 3d space the images don't create the sense of relative depth that our two eyes provide. There have been many attempts to provide this vision to flat images, and we are pretty familiar with them I'm sure. With the advent of photography early on there were efforts to make 3d images with special viewers and cameras that took two images with the required offset. We have probably used a "View Master" image viewer which worked on the same principal. I'm sure that you have tried a blue/red filter glasses to view images or movies in 3d. These rely on the filters to deliver the proper image to each eye. More recently this has been done more effectively with polarizing filters on the projectors and viewers glasses. Sometimes the effect can be achieved by simply staring into the distance with the respective images directly in front of each eye. The two images below are such stereo images, each slightly offset from the other. Another way to put the images together into a 3d view does not require you to feed the right and left images discreetly to each eye. Its been found that if the right and left images are presented sequentially, alternating in the same space that your mind will read the spatial depth in a similar manner. If you click on the images above such a sequencing will load. The depth of field in this image will exaggerate the effect - it will look a bit like an earthquake but nothing that will make you nauseous!Continue reading "stereoscopic viewing"
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Friday, December 24, 2004
Thursday, December 23, 2004
There is always more to do, but what first for 2005?
I have not decided yet. I cranked out three sets of Construction Prints since this summer, finishing 4 total in 2004. For a few months I'm going to just do some work that I enjoy. But for now, over the holidays I'm going to just throw up some images, finish up some of the writing I started, and heck maybe finish the sink saga...Continue reading "moving forward"
Posted by lavardera at 12/23/2004 04:50:00 PM
Monday, December 20, 2004
An item in the News section of Architecture Magazine describes my stock house plans. First of all Architecture Magazine is a so called professional journal, meaning that the content is industry specific, the advertising industry specific, generally the kind of thing that only architects are reading. So where as I am eager to have news of my stock plans published, I've never cared much if they were covered in the professional press because I'm not racing to show this off to other architects. Never the less I know I must promote what I'm doing in all directions as press can lead to other press in other locations. I have Architecture Magazine on my press release list along with a few other such publications. When I got a call from the magazine asking questions about what I was doing I was pleasantly surprised. But I've had similar calls before and when the contact did not respond to followup emails just figured it was a dead end as that just happens sometimes. Much to my surprise when I cracked the magazine today there were a few images of the houses in a piece taking an entire page column. I'm curious where it goes and if it generates any interest from other publications who seem to sit on the fence waiting to see who covers what. I feel sort of mixed about the piece which is titled Drops of Modern in a stock-plan sea. I can't decide if the mood of the piece is "hey look at the interesting thing this guy is doing" or "hey look at this guy hitting his head against the wall"! the houses that appeared:Continue reading "Architecture Magazine dips a toe"
Posted by lavardera at 12/20/2004 04:45:00 PM
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
I promised to come back with some actual photos of this completed house. Peter forwarded a group of great black and white photos of his hillside house that I had posted earlier. I realize that it is difficult to understand a house just by looking at the floor plans and section - it can be too abstract so I hope these images are helpful. This first image is the living room which is at the lowest level at the back of the house. This gives you a good idea of how the spaces step down the hill and are interconnected. The next photo is from the guest room at the entry level in the front looking back towards the living room at the rear and the master bedroom above. And the exterior, the front of the house next: and then the side, you can clearly see the hill side here: and finally the rear which overlooks the small stream and the garage and pavillion beyond. Thoughts and questions about the house are welcome. I want to convince Peter to do the work required to offer this as a stock plan.Continue reading "more images of hillside house design"
Posted by lavardera at 12/14/2004 04:37:00 PM
More photos arrived today. I've posted three more exterior shots and two more interior shots. The exterior does not look much different but it is nice to see the house from a different angle. The interior shots show the last of the windows going in, and paint beginning to go on.Continue reading "Tray House Construction Photos part4"
Posted by lavardera at 12/14/2004 04:34:00 PM
Monday, December 13, 2004
That's it, the Construction Prints are complete - one more design available!
We are happy to announce that the Construction Prints for the 0380 Cube House are complete and available now. We are very pleased to have it available and look forward to seeing it realized. The completion of this plan crosses another milestone as the anniversary of our 2nd year online slipped by unnoticed. Back in January 2003 we had promised to extend our introductory discount till we had six different plans complete and available. We are very proud that this day has arrived as the 0380 Cube House is the sixth complete design. It is not that we are eager to raise the price, we are just very happy to have at least a rudimentary selection of different designs that can begin to address a variety of different living situations. There is now some choice, and from the beginning creating choices for people who wanted modern houses was our number one goal. The introductory pricing will remain until the end of December for those who care to take advantage of it. Starting in 2005 our two year grand opening will finally come to an end!
Continue reading "Cube House Construction Prints Complete"
Posted by lavardera at 12/13/2004 04:25:00 PM
Friday, December 03, 2004
More progress, new photos I have received new photos from my customers and have posted some on the photo set at Flickr. The house is fully sided and most of the exterior work looks complete. Inside all the drywall work looks done, and wood trim underway. They say they will be in the house in January. One thing I have not discussed relative to this instance of the Tray House is deviations from the plans. These things are immediately obvious to me, and I assume the design savvy readers here will also take note of these things. Deviations are going to be par for the course with stock plans and I don't really regard them with any criticism. I think it is valuable to consider the fall out of these changes however as they can have a ripple effect. If you think these things through you will know better how they affect other parts of the design. Sometimes these issues are purely technical, and sometimes aesthetic, but they tend to get tangled together. For example the builder of this house used roof trusses rather than roof rafters to frame the roof. That in of itself would not necessarily cause other changes, but somewhere in the process a decision was made to support the trusses that were above the bay windows on a header above the window rather than a beam spanning the entire bay window opening at the wall as specified. What this did was create a variety of span points in the trusses which I am guessing make it easier to make the trusses with the bottom cord extending all the way out under the eave. This created a horizontal eave where the design called for an eave that followed the roof slope. It also required headers to carry the roof load above the bay window units which now had to be pushed downward, almost to the floor to make room for them. Small decisions can propagate little changes in this way. We can always help you to think them through so you are satisfied with changes that may result.Continue reading "Tray House Construction Photos part3"
Posted by lavardera at 12/03/2004 04:22:00 PM
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Most of the drawing is done. The Section sheet of the 0380 Cube House was completed yesterday, but for reference marks which will come from the Wall Section sheet when it is done. So all that is left to draw is the Wall Sections. I felt like I had slipped behind schedule with this but now I'm pretty confident it will be done by the end of December as I had hoped. This remains a big goal for us as this will be the sixth complete set of plans. I still think it is a meager selection for somebody looking for a house, but it is at least half way to a decent selection, and I'm pretty happy about that. Here are the finished sheets so far - the floor plans, the foundation and roof plans, the elevations, the building sections.Continue reading "Cube House progress III"
Posted by lavardera at 11/30/2004 04:19:00 PM
Atomic Ranch Magazine covers our house plans. Atomic Ranch Magazine ran a piece on our modern stock plans in the Cool Stuff section of the Winter 2004 issue, pg 14. They tend to highlight products of their advertisers here, which we are (pg 49), but we are always grateful for some coverage that helps us reach more people. The piece features an image of the 0242 Plat House exterior and a smaller inset of the interior. They had interviewed me about the plans and I am very happy that they really captured the intent and positioning of the house plans as a product. Now if I could only adjust the color of my graphics for print I would be set. When going from RGB images to CMYK the saturation of all the colors seems to get so high the images end up looking like some technicolor kodachrome throw-back. Maybe thats ok for Atomic Ranch?Continue reading "0242 Plat House in Atomic Ranch Mag"
Posted by lavardera at 11/30/2004 04:16:00 PM
Saturday, November 27, 2004
A design for a hill side site by a good friend. This is a house built by a good friend Peter Wong, in Charotte, North Carolina. Peter and I worked together in the office of an architect by the name of George Yu in Philadelphia. Peter left there to teach and settle in Charlotte, and I continued on practicing in Philadelphia. Peter eventually built a house for himself, and now his family, on a difficult site that slopes down away from the street. The house follows the slope of the site down with a series of interconnected rooms. Essentially it is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house. The spaces are arranged such that they can serve several functions. The design supports use of a living room/dining room arrangement, or a living room/family room arrangement for more casual living. You enter the house off the street at the level of the first bedroom (which can also be a study, or guest room). From this level you descend to the dining space and kitchen level, and then to the living room level at the rear of the house. If you ascend from the entry you first come to the master bedroom level and its bathroom, and a stair continues up from there to a third bedroom. Along the way up is a library or study room that comes off of the landing of the stair. This last bedroom also has a small private alcove which again offers many possibilities for use. Unfortunately I don't think this upper level is shown on the plans. Most of these spaces are interconnected by openings that allow you to look from one to the other. plan of the lower levels Peter has made a great study of Austrian architect Adloph Loos, and the design of this house reflects the multi-levels and intricately interwoven spaces that typify Loos' work. I find that I can look at this plan time and time again and be fascinated by imagining the spaces and moving through them. The section drawing below is a great aid in understanding the plan. Peter built this house, could be 10 years ago, I don't remember exactly. He needed to be very efficient to meet his budget, and at the same time satisfy his creative drive. Essentially he was dealing with the same issues that we have at hand in trying to make modern more affordable. The overall treatment is contextual, but the use of cladding thoughtful, and the massing of the house unusual. The arrangement of the interior spaces is where the house is most fascinating. plan of the middle levels Why am I showing this? Because I love the house and want to share it here. Also because I am trying to convince Peter to offer the house as a stock plan through my site. As you know I have created all the designs on my site, and I have been reluctant to offer anybody else's designs as I would want the quality to be on a par with my own, and I am very critical in this regard. Peter's work is intellectually rigorous as well as grounded in construction. I would be thrilled to see his work on available as it would give him a lab for his ideas and allow us to see them executed on a wider basis. section drawing of the house What can you do? Let me know what you think. If you don't understand the plans of the house, then ask me questions and I'll try to clarify. I will try to get photos from him of the exterior of the house as well, because after all this is already built.Continue reading "A very interesting hillside house design"
Posted by lavardera at 11/27/2004 04:10:00 PM
Sunday, November 21, 2004
The plan sheet is near complete.
A quick update on the floor plan progress. Dimensions are down and notations almost done. Nothing sweeter than a plan full of dimensions!
If you are reading this blog entry so many years later, or arrived here after a search for "Cube House Plans", I just wanted to let you know this great house design was completed and is available for purchase in our catalog: 0380 Cube House. Thanks for taking a look.Continue reading "Cube House floor plans"
Posted by lavardera at 11/21/2004 04:08:00 PM
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
The last sheet is blocked out. Tonight I finished blocking out the wall section sheet. I will return to noting and dimensioning the other drawings before I flesh this drawing out - it will be the last to be finished. I have also done the building section sheet since I last posted but I seem to have skipped posting an image of that, no matter. So, a bit more than half way done I'll say.Continue reading "Cube House wall sections"
Posted by lavardera at 11/16/2004 04:05:00 PM
Sunday, November 14, 2004
A new web page showing schematic views of the prefabricated steel house. I created a page with the images of the 6040 House because Fabprefab asked if we would like to see it listed in the FabZone on their site. I wrote a description and pulled together all the images so there could be something to link to from a FabZone listing. The floor plans of the prototype are presented here for the first time, note that I was not involved in the planning of the house and worked on the facades as described on the page. Also presented for the first time are images and floor plans of a study scheme prepared to utilize the same structural frame as the prototype. Freed of the prototype's floor plan we were able to explore more of the potential of this approach.Continue reading "6040 House gets a web page"
Posted by lavardera at 11/14/2004 04:01:00 PM
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
The elevations for the Construction Prints are drawn. I have been slowly making progress on all the basic sheets, the plans, elevations, and sections. The plans are more or less done and awaiting notations and dimensions. I have just finished bringing up the elevations to the same point - see the image below. The sections are next. The elevations for the first time in our Construction Prints will be in full color with a toned backdrop created from the 3dmodel of the house. I am enthusiastic about this as color really has a lot of power to clarify and convey information. This new technique is a real win/win as it is a time saver and results in better drawings.Continue reading "Cube House elevations"
Posted by lavardera at 11/09/2004 03:58:00 PM
Friday, October 29, 2004
The drawings are being developed in advance of notations. Nothing much to report really, just that the drawings are moving along.Continue reading "Cube House work progressing"
Posted by lavardera at 10/29/2004 04:56:00 PM
Friday, October 22, 2004
Much has happened in two weeks. The siding is going on and it looks like the genuine thing - I'm not sure but I'm guessing from the yellow tinge that it may be eastern cedar. Inside the house is closed in. That means the drywall is up, and the joints are being finished. In order to do this all of the work behind the walls had to be completed since the last photos - all the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC rough in had to be completed and the entire house insulated. They are actually getting very close to being finished now. See more at Flickr.Continue reading "Tray House Construction Photos part2"
Posted by lavardera at 10/22/2004 04:52:00 PM
Thursday, October 21, 2004
The elevation sheet is set up now. I've stayed up too late to finish blocking out the elevations tonight - the posting date says its 21Oct but where I'm sitting its 22Oct! As with the sections I am generating these directly from the 3d model saving some time in development. I often refine the proportion and location of windows while creating the model and I usually have to update the original model templates with these changes when I begin the Construction Prints. This new process eliminates that coordination effort. And so the layout of the elevation sheet. Thats it - the main sheets are all set up and I'll start developing them up now.Continue reading "0380 Cube House elevation sheet"
Posted by lavardera at 10/21/2004 04:49:00 PM
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Usually the elevation sheet comes first, but the section of the Cube house is so interesting that we were anxious to do it. The unusual cross section of the 0380 Cube House is what inspired us to tackle laying out the section sheet first. There was not room to show 4 sections on the sheet as with the basement there each section drawing was too tall - the elevation sheet neatly fits all four sides. Rather than show 2 sections on a sheet I decided to do two sections with the basement truncated and the section through the stair showing the entire basement. And yes, before you ask, we can prepare versions with slab foundations or crawlspaces as well. We are trying to leverage the work already done in the 3d model now by exporting the base lines for the section drawings directly from the 3d model. It saves drafting time and provides a better representation of a section through the house via all the detail in the 3d model.Continue reading "0380 Cube House section sheet"
Posted by lavardera at 10/20/2004 04:45:00 PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Sara and David Sage have started a blog to track the creation of their modular home. My clients for the modular project have created their very own blog to report on the progress of their own project on LiveModern. They will no doubt give you more info on the nitty gritty behind getting this project off the ground - the things that you the home owner want to know so you can get your own project to happen. I look forward to their experiences. Reading the first two entries today is fascinating. The architect is only a small part of the process and Sara's description really hits that home. I think there will be a lot to glean from watching this. One of the color studies we did with Sara's colors. I'll tell you - to me its humbling. Doing a good job with the design of the house is important no doubt, but it is just one part of the whole process. The factory, the on-site contractor, and as you will see, the client must be masterful with their roles as well.Continue reading "modular clients, Sages, start blog"
Posted by lavardera at 10/19/2004 04:36:00 PM
Monday, October 18, 2004
Construction Prints for design 0380 The Cube House are officially under way. 0380 The Cube House is in our Stealth House Group as it is intended to fit on the narrow lots found in older neighborhoods and fit comfortable amount the tall victorian and craftsman style houses found in many older neighborhoods. Just as with the other projects covered in the blog the first step is to rough out all of the sheets in the drawing set. the floor plan sheet the roof and foundation plan sheet In this case the foundation will be documented as a full basement, with crawl space or slab foundations a simple modificationContinue reading "0380 Cube House goes into Production"
Posted by lavardera at 10/18/2004 04:31:00 PM
Monday, October 11, 2004
A floor plan was requested. This is the floor plan as it stands at the time of this posting. I think its quite roomy for 3 bedrooms at 1400 sqft. The colors on the plan correspond to each modular section of the house. We had them tinted like this to convey how we planned them to be arranged for the factory floor and for transport as shown in this diagram.Continue reading "more info on Modular Project"
Posted by lavardera at 10/11/2004 04:27:00 PM
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Some schematic views of a modular house project I've been working on. I have been working on the design of this house and with the client's blessing I am going to share some images of it today. It is our first foray into a house built with a modular system so it has been a chance to exercise some of the experience I have been building as prefab has become such a popular idea. The side of the house above faces towards the strret. The un-rendered white area will be a deck and porch that wraps around the corner of the house. The site has a side yard orientation, so the back and other side are treated more like side yards and the living space's connection to the outdoors is primarily from the side. The footprint is about 1400 sqft and based on sketches brought into the process by the clients. There are 3 bedrooms, two baths, and open plan kitchen dining living area, and a small family room area as well. There are 4 modules, two containing the bedrooms and family room, and two that join to form the living and kitchen area. The four modules join in pairs to fit into two factory bays, and ship on two trailers. The roof heights are low to avoid the need for separate roof modules which would consume more factory space and more trailers/transport cost. I know everybody is going to want to know what it costs - they don't have final numbers yet. They are going to be doing a great deal of the finish work themselves on site with friends and family for labor - even modular building can not beat sweat equity. As I learn more I'll try to quantify it.Continue reading "a modular house project"
Posted by lavardera at 10/07/2004 10:34:00 PM
Friday, October 01, 2004
a design study for a steel house I have been adding a bit more detail today so I thought I would post another image, this time of the front of the house.Continue reading "Another image of the 6040 House"
Posted by lavardera at 10/01/2004 10:29:00 PM
Construction images from the first Tray House Today we are happy to show some construction images shared with us by one of the first Tray House customers. We have posted a page of construction images for the Tray House at Flickr. Here are a few of them to see right now. here the house all framed and sheathed and here under roof waiting for windows and siding and one of the renderings from our siteContinue reading "Tray House Construction Photos"
Posted by lavardera at 10/01/2004 10:24:00 PM
Monday, September 20, 2004
A study for a modern steel house - a new prefab entry. This is a facade study for a house design that I am currently engaged in. It is a large four bedroom house with two master bedrooms that I am working on as a design consultant to Northern Steel, a international metal building manufacturer. The prototype will be built this winter and could be in production immediately afterwards. The house will be built using their >EcoSteel system. They have encouraged me to post more information about the system so I have revised this blog entry. Northern Steel has taken the initiative to adapt metal building conventions to residential design. Their "EcoSteel" system as it is called leverages standard metal building construction for use in the relatively light residential construction setting. This allows them to extend the efficiency that is practiced in this kind of commercial construction. I am collaborating with Northern to develop modern designs utilizing the EcoSteel system as we all agree that it is a natural for the given construction aesthetic of the system. We don't have all the details yet as we are still working through this. Browse through the rest of the site and I think you will get a feeling for their business. I think this is a unique entry into this modern prefab movement. They already prefabricate and erect metal buildings nationwide so there is no warm-up period. Everything is in place and it should scale up immediately as demand warrants. I am interested in your feedback however and I can direct interested parties to the manufacturer. Continue reading "A design study for a new Steel House"
Posted by lavardera at 9/20/2004 10:08:00 PM
What does Julia Child's kitchen have to do with this re-modern movement?
I was in DC last week, visiting the Smithsonian, and I really enjoyed seeing Julia Child's kitchen. It had to be a big kitchen for its time, although it is sort of dwarfed by the average mcmansion kitchen of today. But it really struck me as to how it was such a great kitchen - such a good work space and such a good living space at the same time. Unlike the open plan kitchen living spaces that we think of being modern this one had a large space with a very long table, 3 separate pantries, one for food, one for baking, and one for dishware (a butler's pantry) and was separated from the other living spaces in the house. The work triangle - the frig, sink, and stove were at opposite ends of the kitchen - not the tidy work triangle kitchen planners often strive for. The stove was not in the prominent center place but in a niche at the far side. Cabinets were haphazard, some base cabinets were without doors for direct access to pots, there were few wall cabinets, a lot of peg board for hanging all the pots and tools - it looked like my dad's workshop! Countertops were either butcher block or stainless, and the floor was Armstrong congolium tile - a good solid vinyl flooring, but not the "classy" stuff people seek today. It was very casual and comfortable, but the antithesis of the year 2000 kitchen. I suppose people today will not be happy with such a functionally motivated, un-designer kitchen, but for somebody truly into food and cooking it could not be better designed.
But the big impact on me was the whole Julia Child story - when she started people in the US really had no idea how french cooking was done, and the imagination and creativity that could be applied to food. And I look at todays world and how many restaurants there are, and how much focus there is on food and cooking, and how much more savvy about food people are. I don't know how much credit goes to her, I'm sure other people contributed to this change, but what a transformation of popular culture it represents. It seems if that was possible with food and cooking, then we certainly must be able to do the same with the way america thinks about houses? no?Continue reading "thoughts about Julia Child's kitchen"
Posted by lavardera at 9/20/2004 10:02:00 PM
After a few weeks of downtime the LiveModern blog tools are back online! We have been away from the blog for a few weeks so we have a number of loose ends to catch up on. We left off with the completion of the 0367 Porch House Construction Prints. It was completed in mid August and the status was set on our site to "Prints Available Now". The development of the 0380 Cube House will follow soon, and you will be able to track it here as before.Continue reading "blogs are back up and running!"
Posted by lavardera at 9/20/2004 09:59:00 PM
Saturday, August 14, 2004
3D details help make confusing connections simple and clear. The Porch House Construction Prints will have a special structural sheet to document the ground floor timber frame. The frame is not complicated, but could be intimidating for a builder who has never done something like this before. These detail views are intended to clarify what might otherwise be confusing (and cause for a builder to inflate his price). The 0357 Steel Case House is the only other design that has required this so far. This is a view of the same connection shown in my previous entry. A view like this can take the fear factor out of a detail.Continue reading "Porch House Construction Prints detail view"
Posted by lavardera at 8/14/2004 09:55:00 PM
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Working my way through some details. When I detail for a stock plan one of my big priorities is making things straight forward to put together, using readily available products, and if something needs to me made special then making it a simple fabrication. So this week I have been working with a corner of the Porch House where everything comes together. At any corner of the house the porch perimeter beams sit on the foundation piers, the post comes down on top of them, and diagonal braces come in from two directions. Under other circumstances a steel connector would be designed which resolved all the connections, but with a stock plan destined to be built with varying budgets I have to try to detail to the lowest common denominator while still making a handsome connection. What's going on here. The perimeter beams are anchored down to the pier using conventional anchor bolts. The beam is connecting to the post with an inverted post cap connector from Simpson - the same kind is being used up top of the post as well. This connector has two vertical legs on each side of the post bolted thru with two 3/4" bolts. We are going to overlay that plate with an angle trimmed to serve as an anchor for the cleavis of our diagonal brace. This allows us to used the same bolts to attach this additional hardware. To bring the other diagonal brace in at the corner we have to have another angle offset in height so the bolts can cross without interference. The diagonal ties must be offset to the inside of the posts to allow them to pass the horizontal frames. A similar detail will resolve all the connections at the top of the post, and hopefully it will all look easy, and be easy to put together.Continue reading "Porch House Construction Prints details"
Posted by lavardera at 8/11/2004 09:51:00 PM
Thursday, August 05, 2004
This round of drawing development for the sections is done. The section drawings do not carry as much notation as my other sheets. They still need reference marks which I will complete in my last round of notations. I am going to move on to the detailed wall sections now. These will take some time as there is a lot to show in this stage. I have some other details I will need to develop after those but I can see light at the end of the tunnel. Its been an amazing week. I get worn down with this pace so the enthusiasm that reaches me keeps me fresh and motivated. At the beginning of this week late in the day I was looking on the web for some ariel photos for a project site when there was knock at the office door. Once in a blue moon the ups guy has a bad day and can come really late so I did not think much of it being 5:30. I open the door and there is a fellow there looking with much interest up and down the outdoor stairway. He introduces himself as one of the people whom I have corresponded with about the house plans, his wife actually. The are from Philadelphia and were driving by my town and said they just had to stop to take a look at our office and he figured he would just knock. Knock me out is what he did! He was very full of enthusiasm for the stock plan effort and I have to admit that it all just caught me completely off guard. I made sure I had them on the mail list and by the time my head cleared it was time for them to run. I don't meet you all out there in person often enough and experiencing the emotion of another person first hand is a charge - I mean here was somebody else right here in flesh and bone who gets it, just like me. And so later this week I get an email inquiry from somebody very interested in the 0380 Cube House and I reply, answer their questions as best I can, and we go back and forth a couple of times with emails. They are looking for a site and so I give them the down and dirty concern list for this design - height considerations as it is tall at 3 stories. I like to tell it like it is, not scare any one off but I want to enable people with good facts of what they may confront even though it can discourage some. Well they come back to me with obvious determination, and backed up with an order for Design Prints. Man - if they are willing to go out and really push for the kind of house they want, then I'm going to push like hell on my end too. The end of the week is coming up now, I get a call from Lauren, my wonderful ad rep from Dwell for my ads in the Marketplace section. She was talking to Bill, the guy who lays out the ad pages at Dwell - takes all my materials for the ad, corresponds with proofs, etc etc. Turns out the guy with the ad next to mine decided to pull out at the last minute, the issue was going to press in a matter of hours and Bill suggested to Lauren that they stretch my ad out to fill the vacant space, Lauren was calling to give me the good news. Hot diggity dog! I got a double-wide for the month. Thanks guys!Continue reading "Porch House Construction Prints sections"
Posted by lavardera at 8/05/2004 09:47:00 PM
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
This round of elevation drawing notations are done. The drawing is not completely done as there are a good number of reference marks that still need to go down, but the bulk of the work is done on this sheet. Here is a greatly reduced shrinky-dink view of the whole sheet. I often wonder, people must want to see what the heck these drawings look like, but when you are selling House Plans you really can't just post them out there. But there is no harm in these reductions and gives you an idea of what the documents look like. The perimeter of the drawing area is indexed, much like a road map, to aid in locating referenced drawings. The section drawing is next. When that is complete I will develop the detailed wall sections for the house which were blocked out earlier. I am getting more and more excited about completing this project every day. This has been one of my favorites and it will be nice to finally see it "have wings". Some strong inquiries on the 0380 Cube House today look like they will drive that one to completion as well.Continue reading "Porch House Construction Prints elevations"
Posted by lavardera at 8/03/2004 09:42:00 PM
Saturday, July 31, 2004
Dimension lines go down on the plans. There is a logic to the way the dimension graphics go down. Plan dimensions around the perimeter are in a hierarchy, outside to in. Overall dimensions, then major breaks in the massing, then openings in the exterior envelope, then interior partitions that intersect the exterior walls.Continue reading "Porch House Construction Prints dimensions"
Posted by lavardera at 7/31/2004 09:36:00 PM
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Section drawings of the Porch House are complete. Next the wall section drawings will be blocked out and the notations can begin following that.Continue reading "Porch House Construction Prints sections drawn"
Posted by lavardera at 7/27/2004 09:37:00 PM
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Floor plans are developed and ready for notations and dimensions. The elevations drawings are now being brought up to the same level. I'll show something of them soon. And now the elevations are in a similar state. on to the sections drawingsContinue reading "Porch House floor plans & elev's"
Posted by lavardera at 7/20/2004 09:33:00 PM