Saturday, April 23, 2005

Windows Open

Renderings never show how our crazy quilt of windows look when they are open. Our current designs in our line of stock plans, and the coming prefab house products typically have large blocks of standard window units with operable windows woven into the pattern. I've done many a drawings showing these configurations, often with the operable windows in different color to make them jump. I like the logic and the fun of this approach. You get the benefit of working with affordable standard sizes, and combine them to create large window openings. The drawings give you a feel for what it looks like but the real fun however begins when the windows are open! We had a really nice day yesterday, warm and breezy. I think it was the first time we cranked every one of them open.

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Monday, April 18, 2005

6030 House floor plans

in progress floor plans of the 6030 House design The plans are still evolving each day. Most of the design decisions have been made but technological issues of the building system shove the plan around a bit each day as things are studied in more detail. The design is a melding of the 6040 House prototype plan and the 6040 House design study plan. If you compare the three of them you will see what I mean. The ground floor eliminates one parking space in the garage, and moves the master bedroom upstairs. This leaves a good amount of living space on the ground floor, and breaks it down into areas of different volume and light quality. Upstairs the master bedroom remains a large suite with a master bathroom with potential to be very luxurious. Along with the other bedrooms these spaces form a buffer between the master bedroom and the public side of the house. Perhaps the most interesting part of this design is the porch room on the upper level. This is a modern 3 season room brought into the volume of the house. From here it can take in a great view or be up among the trees. An alternate living room it greatly expands the living space of the house and still leaves the areas below with a high ceiling. This very rough section shows the vertical relationship of these rooms. The ability to create voluminous spaces like this affordably lies with the EcoSteel building system.

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Friday, April 15, 2005

6030 House first images

These are the first images of the 6030 House. This is a new design based on the 6040 House and the EcoSteel building system by Northern Steel. The floor plan is a variation on the original 6040 House , and the 6040 Design Study . I'll try to post floor plans sketches soon, they need to be developed a bit more first.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

funny pages

...was what we called them when we were kids

Is it good form to follow up a rant with some good humor?

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