Category Archives: affordable modern

passive house Greenfield MA

Early Thoughts on the Greenfield Project (architect)

By | affordable modern, business, Passive House, projects, Small house, super insulated, traditional vs modern, working with a builder, working with an architect | One Comment

I took a shot at writing down my own thoughts about the Greenfield project I’m doing for my wife’s folks. Sometimes I have so many half-baked ideas in my head that writing them down creates a jelling effect and helps me to clarify and focus my efforts. I’m planning on…

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eave detail

Always know what and where your AIR BARRIER is.

By | affordable modern, education, links, mutterings, Passive House, projects, super insulated, traditional vs modern, Uncategorized, working with a builder, working with an architect | No Comments

I’m working on detailing out a smallish house in Greenfield, MA. We probably won’t go full Passive House on this but we will look at what additional costs and detailing it would take. And if we’re close… We are doing some novel (to me) stuff for the shell of the…

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metal siding

By | affordable modern, cool stuff, projects | 3 Comments

I really like metal siding, very sleek, low maintence, and good shadow lines.  It can almost look like tight crisp clapboards.  There is some question as to who installs; the roofer or the carpenters?  The wood above got stained dark brown and the wood around the door was stained red!

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Fern House

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The ferns are unfurling around the fern house, our seasonal guest sleeping / napping spot The bed is a futon on a slatted frame hung from the structure on parachute cord.  The entire project took about forty hours and $700 or $800 bucks a few years ago.  Mostly just 2…

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