May 9, 2014
by bob
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A House for Slow Living

A House for Slow Living The original concept came to me in a dream (yes – I dream architecturally) I think the dream may have been generated by this image which has been on my bulletin board fora few years: … Continue reading

September 12, 2013
by bob
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If you want your house to breathe, give it a set of lungs.

I had another comment recently from a builder who wants to build a house that breathes. I started to reply in an email and then decided to put it hereon the blog instead. What we are doing nowadays in the … Continue reading

August 24, 2013
by bob
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Window installation in a super-insulated wall

Designing a Super-insulated wall with good drying potential and good air sealing is easy. But the Devil is in the windows. With passive house level construction we want the window to be recessed toward the middle of the opening and … Continue reading

July 15, 2013
by bob
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GateKeepers Cottage

Sort of This is a schematic design for a local project I’m working on where I am doing master planning up front. See this post. After meeting with Gary MaCarthur to look at the whole site and master plan in … Continue reading

July 12, 2013
by bob
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Southern Vermont Classic Addition – new photos

Here are some photos from a recent project. This is an addition to a huge old barn which had a fairly recent Timberpeg addition to it. I did some work with the addition plus a larger new addition in a … Continue reading

March 7, 2013
by bob
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I am a Passive House Designer!

Apparently, although I never got an email, I am now a Certified Passive House Designer!! What is Passive House ? – The passive house standard represents the highest level of energy efficiency and “green building”. – The passive house standard … Continue reading

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January 4, 2013
by bob
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Stratton House Progress Report for January 2013

I visited the Stratton Project the other day to see how things were progressing. Flooring is going down (locally milled white oak) and plaster is going up. I’m very happy about the decision to plaster the walls on the main … Continue reading

December 20, 2012
by bob
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One page Construction Document Set

Here is an example of a basic one-page-wonder construction drawing for a simple house. Not all the information is here to build a house but an expert builder can fill in missing details. For example, I put the stairs in … Continue reading

November 20, 2012
by bob
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Miscellaneous Musings

I am working on this new small greek revival in Maine. Not the high style Greek Revival with huge columns like you see on banks and government buildings but the small, simple style that is so ubiquitous in New England … Continue reading