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April 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Building a Timber Frame Home Using Sustainable Construction Practices

Energy efficient home design is only one part of the equation in building a timber frame green home. Equally important are the methods and practices your builder uses during the overall construction process in order to minimize impact to the site environment. Two main areas that should be given attention are pollution prevention and site protection. These should be discussed during the interview process with your builder and outlined thoroughly to make sure sustainable construction practices… Continue

Added by Jeremy Bonin, AIA NCARB LEED AP on April 30, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The Art of Compromise

Probably one of the most difficult parts of building any home is agreeing on design, products, and color. In working with clients recently, I realize how wonderful it is to have two partners who love each other, have been married for years, and yet who still have their own style and feel strongly about what they want for their dream home. I did say it was wonderful. And, it is. This is an opporutnity to compromise and realize that your partner wants their dream just as much as you want… Continue

Added by Pam Pringle on April 22, 2009 at 9:01am — 2 Comments

When should you start the design process?

I’ve been asked many times over the years by clients, “I don’t own my land yet, but I’d like to begin designing my new timber frame or post and beam home. Is this wise?”

The advice I’ve always given is to wait until you close on your land, because starting the design process too soon could end up costing you more money. For example, the site you decide to purchase may have the potential for a walk-out basement, which could allow for more usable square footage, such as a recreation… Continue

Added by Jeremy Bonin, AIA NCARB LEED AP on April 20, 2009 at 11:28am — 2 Comments

When you think you know everything there is to know ...

We now have two timber frame homes under our belt. I thought after the first one we built, that the second would be a piece of cake. But, great lessons from each home.

Electrical - both were hybrid timber frame homes built with SIP panels. In addition to the SIP panels we wanted to tongue… Continue

Added by Pam Pringle on April 13, 2009 at 10:47am — 1 Comment

How do i add video to my page?

I just started exporting 3D ADT and HSB objects to SketchUp and I created a couple of really rough SketchUp generated avi files based off of HSB diagrams that i have done. I would like to upload the walk throughs to my page. Does anybody know if i can or how to add them to my page? The images are from one of the walk throughs.…


Added by Jake Lappan on April 10, 2009 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Timber Framing & Bathroom Mildew

I just built a new addition and the bathroom has rough cut Doug Fir timber framing running through it. Should I treat the frames with a sealant to prevent mildrew?

Added by Greg Roberts on April 7, 2009 at 11:15am — 8 Comments

Pollen & Barn Swallows

It's yellow everywhere here in the South. Spring has sprung. The beautiful light green leaves of the trees sprouting out, and our azaleas and rhododendruns are getting ready to pop. The barn swallows from last year decided that the the beams of the timber framed porch were great shelter last year. So, they're baaack. Can't blame them, it's a wonderful protected spot.

I have some open dates for Spring & Summer vacations remaining, come to Western NC. Hiking is great this time of… Continue

Added by Pam Pringle on April 6, 2009 at 9:36am — No Comments

The Sun's effect on design

When dealing with the summer sun, let's say in Tennessee and the typical 2 story, peaked, atrium, window wall facing south, how much overhang do you need to keep the sun out of the room? Since it may not be feasable to completely keep it out, what would be a reasonable compromise distance?

Is it actually better to face a windowed wall home slightly Southeast in the midstate areas to avoid too much sun in the summer especially in the afternoon?

If you wanted to take… Continue

Added by Joe Volpe on April 4, 2009 at 10:42am — 11 Comments

11 Ways To Seemingly Grow Your Square Footage

From your back-in-the-day apartment hunting days, you no doubt remember the code words from the classified ads. “Inviting,” “charming,” and “cozy” all translated into rooms that were so claustrophobically small, you’d have to go outside to change your mind.

But that doesn’t mean a small room in your new timber home has to leave you feeling confined. In fact, reducing square footage is one of the main tenenents of green building. Often, an effective strategy is simply a matter of… Continue

Added by Charles Bevier on April 3, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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