working with an architect

Early Thoughts on the Greenfield Project (architect)

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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 documenting this project to a much higher level than I…

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Always know what and where your AIR BARRIER is.

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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 house that, I suspect, will become more standard practice for…

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A Smallish House in Massachusetts

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I am working on a 1400 s.f house in Massachusetts. Given that the walls are over a foot thick, the actual square footage is quite a bit less (about 1200). The extra insulation (and cutting edge building science) allows us to forgo a heat system other than a relatively inexpensive minisplit – and monthly fuel bills. Here are a few…

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A House for Slow Living

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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: The original sketch was called “a house for food” The core concept was centered around the growing, preparation and consumption…

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philosophy and process

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Process is a moving target. It changes based upon so many variables, not the least of which is the client. Lately, I’ve been thinking about all my past work and how, to some extent each project represents where I was at that point in time but mostly, every project represents the client much more than myself in terms of philosophy,…

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I am a Passive House Designer!

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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 is where state and municipality energy codes are headed. – Public housing groups such as Habitat for Humanity and regional…

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Why Hire an Architect ?

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An older post buried away and re-posted here today for ya’all with some extra muttering added. As I have mentioned before, much of my work is for people who would never have gone to an architect in the first place, thinking that they could never afford it. Designing a custom home for someone is an incredibly complex endeavor. You can…

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Miscellaneous Musings

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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 and doesn’t get much attention but everybody knows. I’m designing it to “pretty good house” standards. It is for a…

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