27 May '15, 3am

Lstiburek’s Ideal Double-Stud Wall Design. Joe's the master.

Lstiburek’s Ideal Double-Stud Wall Design. Joe's the master.

Finger jointed 2x3s... by Dana Dorsett Finger jointed 2x3s are straight than milled 2x3s, and even straighter than milled 2x4s. While there are availability issue (can't pick 'em up at the box store, and aren't normally stocked at most building supply outlets catering to contractors), it's just fine to specify them, they're not expensive, and they're just fine to use in any application that a milled 2x3 would be suitable. Sure, there is overhead to the special order, but for most high-R houses that would not be the only thing that needed to be special ordered. Leaving out the detail of how the exterior studs interfaces to the foundation is indeed unfortunate, but isn't necessarily complicated. Using intermediate layer OSB/ply as the primary air barrier and for vapor control is a standard practice commonly used in PassiveHouse designs, and has many merits. It's more expensi...

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How to Design a Small #Luxury Kitchen → #homedecor

homes15.blogspot.com 27 May '15, 2am

We would all love to have expansive kitchens, but sometimes it's just not possible. The solution is to design a wonderful ...

What are Urban Design and Master Planning?

What are Urban Design and Master Planning?

I was asked to define Urban Design and Master-planning in under 250 words each. The definitions will be used in an online ...

This destination is a dream for design addicts

cntraveller.com 30 May '15, 9am

An equal fan, but with much higher aesthetic qualifications than me, was my friend the architect Tom Bartlett. We decided ...