Saturday, I gave a lecture at the MREA Energy Fair in Custer, WI about the joy of working with my parents to design their timber frame, straw bale, passive solar house, Underhill, completed four years ago. Here's some of what I said.
I've spent the last two weeks struggling through the muggy heat to de-lead and prime the north and south walls of the house and prepping for my upcoming talk at the MREA Energy Fair but when I think about design, I've been thinking about concrete and wondering what I can make from it. Pavers? Planters? Benches? The … Continue reading And now I’m obsessed with concrete and want to use it everywhere
Cliff May was an artist: a saxophone player turned furniture designer who inspired a modern housing movement. Today I meditate on his 1946 style book, Western Ranch Houses.
Realizing that the summer is only going to get hotter and less pleasant for exterior-work-while-wearing-a-tyvek-suit, I have switched back to the outside. Here's the progress report on scraping, priming and painting the garage wall.
Scraping, sanding and painting your wooden house is not a job for the faint of heart but with these tools you can get the job done and feel great about your accomplishment afterwards!
I poured a mother freaking 28 square foot concrete slab in the basement this week ... and it really wasn't that hard. Here's how I did it (hint: I roped my parents into some of the extra manual labor!)
Two weeks ago I took the most dramatic step yet in bringing the basement plans to fruition. A crew of plumbers showed up at 8 in the morning with jack hammers and tore up a big patch of concrete slab in the basement. This is step one of removing the ridiculous open-to-the-laundry toilet and shower … Continue reading Basement Progress: The Huge Hole to get at the Under-Slab Plumbing
Having finally (mostly) cleared the deck in the basement I took a moment to revel in the bare walls, exposed floor joists overhead and swept-clean floor. Then I got out my laser measure, a pair of tape measures, a sharpie and a roll of blue painters tape.
Here's what you'll want to have on hand in order to take own your own basement demolition. You can get most of these for under twenty bucks, and with them, you'll be set to tear about nearly any basement.
Any remodeling project is inherently more or less wasteful. "Out with the old and in with the new" means that something is being tossed and new resources are being consumed. Here are the steps I took to keep limit the landfill content produced by my basement demolition.