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Vermont Architect 2014-03-13 18:33:30
I did something for myself! Soon, we will be faced with fitting two kids in one small bedroom in our small house and I had some ideas spinning around in my head about how to make our limited space work much better. Size isn’t everything – it’s how you use it. These two images are packed with lots of little moves …


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Vermont Architect 2014-03-11 00:28:19
Here is a lovely little project I’m working on. The existing steel spiral stair shown here is tight and impractical as well as in a poor location for the floor plan of the house. I designed a fairly minimalistic steel stair which will be installed in a different location and will be much easier to negotiate. The design process included trying every …


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Vermont Architect 2014-02-18 02:28:02
I have been asked about my Passive House consultant training by other architects enough times that I though I’d write up a quick synopsis, one year later. For me, the Passive House training was very useful for several reasons, not the least of which was the networking aspect. It is a small community with some really great conversation happening and it is …


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Vermont Architect 2014-02-05 18:24:59
I’m becoming a fan of Eric Reinholdt’s Houzz ideabooks. His writing and editing is a cut above plus he has very similar tastes to my own so I look forward to each new ideabook. He also worked for one of my favorite firms in Maine – Elliot and Elliot Architecture. His Houzz page is HERE And here area few of his ideabooks: Design Workshop: …


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Vermont Architect 2014-01-21 20:26:49
Bob has been asking me for some time to write a guest blog entry and since he has happily been to busy of late to write much himself, I thought this was a good time to finally make good on my promise to do so. Last year, I had a visit with an old friend who had recently moved back to the …


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Vermont Architect 2014-01-21 14:50:45
Vote for this house plan on Houseplans.com for a 2013 Howie Award. I think you do it on Pinterest by pinning and sharing HERE


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Vermont Architect 2013-12-11 20:31:50
HA! This happens a lot. I just got a call from a contractor who wanted to modify roof trim on an addition to make it both easier and he thought it would look better. Which it would except that a future phase of the project involves adding a porch in such a way that the frieze on the addition becomes the …


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Vermont Architect 2013-12-06 04:08:49
The Cotton Mill annual holiday sale and open studio is this weekend. I’ll be around toting kids but not officially participating although I may be in the office some of the time. I printed up 1/2 doz. of these to pin up around the building.


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Vermont Architect 2013-11-15 12:08:32
I visited a recent ski home project near Stratton mountain ski area to get some photos. The house is nearly complete. As usual there are things I would do differently next time and things that didn’t quite follow the drawings but that’s for me to know and no one else to notice. I really like the “presence” of this house. The …


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Vermont Architect 2013-11-06 21:34:49
Here are some photos from a current project. The interior of the exterior walls are all gutted and exposed for new insulation and air sealing. We are not going for a deep energy retrofit here but the end result should cut the energy use significantly. This is an old house with various interventions over the years, some of which we are …


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Vermont Architect 2013-10-28 04:01:25
We visited the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art – Mass MoCA in North Adams MA today to see Xu Bing’s giant phoenix exhibit in the largest hall We come here several times a year and I usually walk around with my mouth wide open in amazement but this time I remembered to snap some photos. When I was in Architecture …


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Vermont Architect 2013-10-21 23:13:41
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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Vermont Architect 2013-09-26 08:28:20
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31831/vote-for-your-favorite-outdoor-project Please go to the link above and vote for the Fern House. I’ve gotten myself into a battle on Fine Homebuilding’s website with three other finalists for a $100 gift certificate to the Taunton Store. All 4 will be published but at the moment, I am losing out to a “Cat Ranch”. How embarrassing. This from twitter: @RobertSwinburne I'd love to take a …


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Vermont Architect 2013-09-12 22:28:48
Another recent comment from a builder who wants to build a house that breathes. I started to reply in an email and then decided to put it here instead. What we are doing nowadays is based on studying hundreds of thousands of houses built in the last half century that have failed (which includes the majority of 70′s and 80′s super-insulated and …


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Vermont Architect 2013-08-27 19:35:49
Is there any more melancholy sound than crickets out in the field? Reminding me of what must become of this pile of wood…very soon. Being a relatively not well-to-do architect, I live in a poorly insulated house that I heat with wood. I also do not have a tractor to move wood around. I have a little cart. no gas or electric …


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Vermont Architect 2013-08-23 23:13:47
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 the middle of the adjacent insulation layer. This is about thermal bridging and heat loss. An advantage that I’ve found is …


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Vermont Architect 2013-07-25 19:53:47
From the facebook page Grumpy architect time: 1.If your house is adequately insulated there should be little temperature differential between the ceiling and the floor. 2. Adequately differs from code. Remember, a house built to code is the worst house you can legally build. 3. If you choose not to build an Energy Star certified home please give your poor starving architect the $2k …


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Vermont Architect 2013-07-24 22:57:34
(would make a good bumper sticker for me except that nobody would get it.) In rural northern New England ? the only local I can really speak authoritatively about ? there is a dichotomy of class. It may not reflect income or race but it is something I grew up with. The local kids worked in the kitchens and grounds of the …


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