Sunday, July 30, 2006

0518 U House model done

The model of the house is done, now I can move on to creating the Design Prints. I have to add some "props" to the model and export images. Design prints should be available next week.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Modified Plat House for Vermont site

I've just completed an extensively modified Plat House for a site in Vermont The mods were so extensive that it is really hard to even call it a modification. It is practically a whole new house. The plan has been expanded from 2 to 3 bedrooms, and an attached 2 car garage added to the arrival side of the house. The floor plan retains very little of the original Plat House arrangement. The way the house is being built differs from the original as well. Here the main roof will be composed of SIPs panels, rather than the engineered joists. As a result the overhangs are composed of the full thickness of the SIPs panels rather than the metal roof panels alone as in the original house. Although the profile of the house is similar that roof detail is a departure in character with this version taking on a decidedly mid-century feeling in some of the details. The construction should begin in a few weeks. Preparation at the site has begun, and the drive has already been laid. As you can see it is another beautiful site and we are looking forward to seeing it come together. The owner has promised to share this with us as it happens.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Seaside House renderings

We explore materials and texture on the house The owner was interested in turning the exterior over to stucco. I wanted to add another layer of texture that broke down the scale of the large surfaces, and also reveal something about what was an addition and what was existing. A friend, Jeff Jacobs, ran the modeler through rendering software he was experimenting with. He is a master with several different rendering packages. Sunset at the beach.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

An IBU (shipping container) based house - for real

Architect Peter DeMaria working with TAW brings their first IBU based project to life.

This is for real - a house built with IBUs, or Intermodal Building Units (yes thats our name for shipping containers) which is being built in Rednodo Beach California and has been permitted through perhaps one of the most restrictive permitting environments in the country. Architect Peter DeMaria working with TAW is building the first project born of their efforts. Its very exciting to see a real project coming about, permitted and approved as a legitimate building system.

These images following are from an article appearing in the LA Times

rendering by DeMaria Associates

This is Peter DeMaria at the building site. Photo by Don Kelson of the LA Times.

There are interviews and a lot of info about the project in the article so have a look.

If you are deeply interested in the idea of building houses of shipping containers, then you should look at our take on shipping container houses: ibu_evolution. If you are looking to build a weekend house or a house in a mild climate from shipping containers I'd love to design it for you based on the ibu_evolution system. You will find a Contact link, and an inquiry form when you follow that link.

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