Written by Mark Pelletier and Emily Varmecky. Edited by John Burbidge. Think of the most beautiful and uplifting home you’ve been in. What did you remember most, the builder’s material contributions—the granite counter tops, the walk-in closet, and the bathroom vanity?
If you are looking to build a new passive solar, energy-efficient home or would like to see your existing home benefit from some much-needed energy improvements, it is important to work with an home designer who is experienced in passive
DIY home improvement, construction, remodeling ideas and thoughts When I was in architecture school back in the early 2000's, I found myself falling into the trap of 'glory design' or 'reinventing the wheel.' While working on my thesis, I discovered that
There are many benefits of home downsizing which I will tackle in this post. But first, I have some questions for those who think it might be time to move into a more efficient home. Then I have some solutions
In America home ownership debt has become more of a financial trap than a fact of simple dwelling. Homes have gradually increased in size, 'amenities', and costs. Why is this? To be put simply, to capture the average American and
This is why new homes should have Passive and Active solar design integration Homes over the last 70 years have been built to rely on the grid system. Big Utility companies or corporations have had a bonanza with making home builders
In a previous blog post, I discussed the many cons of asphalt shingles. Now I will discuss a better alternative to asphalt shingle roofs: Metal Roofs. Now I know some will say that metal roofing has high embodied energy and
Today's epic battle with the Historic preservation committee is over compliance with their maddening window replacement policy. As most of the country tightens down and gets tough on energy lost and inefficiencies in housing, Portland, Maine's Historic preservation folks throw
Well, not all design build work is interesting and joyful. Emily and I just spent a week up in Lakeville Maine rebuilding the foundation under her camp. Several things to note about this experience are: Mainers up there are big.