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Vermont Architect 2015-07-01 17:41:35
State of?. Things. Nutshell: This has been a very busy spring and summer. I have barely been able to keep my head above water. I have two houses starting, one of which is for my wife?s folks so they can be closer to our family in their retirement. These still need lots of detailing and supervision and I?ll be doing some work on …


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Vermont Architect 2015-06-01 17:10:53
I’ve been a bit buried lately and haven’t even visited my own blog! Here is a composite view of the permit drawings for the Greenfield project (wish us luck) I try to keep drawings fairly compact and easy to use (from my days as a carpenter/builder) There are a few additional drawings for stair details not shown here because they are …


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Vermont Architect 2015-04-28 15:42:03
I am fascinated with the Tiny House Movement. Tiny House on Wheels is THOW btw. I would like to have one as guest quarters (or an airstream) but after living in a smallish (900 s.f.) house for 15 years I know that a tiny house is not for me. I do have plans to add several hundred square feet in the …


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Vermont Architect 2015-03-30 04:15:19
Bob, in response to your invitation to comment on the passive house you are designing for us, here are some thoughts. I see this first of all as an opportunity to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. The chance to show off the kind of technology and design choices that–were they widely adopted–could significantly reduce reliance on …


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Vermont Architect 2015-03-20 15:50:56
I am grappling with window issues for several projects right now. Designing, choosing, pricing and detailing windows is much more complicated than it was as recently as 5 years ago. I used to simply specify window sizes and the builder would have the lumber yard price a few lines or a favorite manufacturer. This is still the way it is done …


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Vermont Architect 2015-03-07 04:21:25
A Cottage on the Coast of Maine. This is also the basis for the stock plan 500-3 on Houseplans.com 1 1


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Vermont Architect 2015-03-04 20:03:40
There have been some changes here spurred on by completely screwing up my blog last Friday when I hit “update” and everything disappeared. It wasn’t really gone of course. But my backup copy made the day before wouldn’t work. (I couldn’t figure out how to make it work) Evidently, ignoring updates for too long was the underlying issue. I had been intending …


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Vermont Architect 2015-03-03 21:32:45
This is from Mel Baiser of Baiser Construction Management. I am working with her on several projects and here is what she has to say about the Greenfield project. I have the great fortune of teaming up with Architect Bob Swinburne of Bluetime Collaborative and builder, Chad Mathrani of Vermont Natural Homes on the construction of a Passive House in Greenfield, …


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Vermont Architect 2015-02-26 21:47:19
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 have …


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Vermont Architect 2015-02-16 21:54:17
From the archives – 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 2015-02-09 15:02:58
Grumpy Architect time for those readers who have missed that aspect of my musings! Although I have generally been fairly happy-go-lucky as of late, I thought I?d pull off a bit of a rant. Marlboro College ? just a few miles up the road from where I live- recently completed a set of five residential ?cottages? to be used, I believe, primarily …


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Vermont Architect 2015-02-02 22:08:31
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 me in …


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Vermont Architect 2015-01-22 22:54:28
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 images …


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Vermont Architect 2015-01-14 19:31:25
Some photos from the Perry Road project which is sitting empty and unfinished and for sale – (It’s hard for people to earn a living around here so the owners made the decision to move to where they could work.. for money) This is a Structural Insulated Panel (SIP)house on and Insulated Concrete Form foundation (ICF) The windows are Marvin Integrity – …


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Vermont Architect 2015-01-04 20:31:08
I’m working on fleshing out the interiors for this addition renovation project here in Vermont.


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Vermont Architect 2014-12-29 16:41:08
I grew up in Maine with a large wood cookstove similar to this one. Cooking in it was sketchy and it was far from tight or efficient. The top surface and oven provided excellent places to keep pies and already cooked food warm on Thanksgiving. My own home has a small efficient and relatively airtight woodstove tucked into the stone fireplace. It …


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Vermont Architect 2014-12-16 01:59:17
The Day I Became a Modernist?Guest Post by the Architect’s Wife There was a time in my life when I would not have uttered the word ?modernist? without an accompanying sneer. My aesthetic tastes then ran toward the?dilapidated. If it was old with a sagging roof, I liked it. Bonus points if it looked like it might fall over any minute. I …


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Vermont Architect 2014-12-16 01:59:17
The Day I Became a Modernist?Guest Post by the Architect’s Wife There was a time in my life when I would not have uttered the word ?modernist? without an accompanying sneer. My aesthetic tastes then ran toward the?dilapidated. If it was old with a sagging roof, I liked it. Bonus points if it looked like it might fall over any minute. I …


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Vermont Architect 2014-10-31 21:45:18
AmesHill October29 from Robert Swinburne on Vimeo. This one will have a bit of a rustic Scandinavian feel to it. And be super-insulated of course.


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Vermont Architect 2014-10-01 15:31:43
One of the projects I’m working on is an addition to and renovations of a ski home in Vermont. The main house is well built and and other than a maroon and pink bathroom and rather 80′s finishes, we are not doing anything too major to it. We are locating a family room addition between the existing house and garage which will …


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