I have assumed a very different role in this project: I visit the project once a month as the architect, versus, previously being at the job site every day, as the construction manager. It feels strange to have such little involvement, but it’s also a tremendous learning experience in trusting the contractor to understand my […]Read more "Progress in Medenales"
1800 square foot residence in Medenales, NM. It sure is pretty out here!Read more "A New Project"
Thanks to everyone who helped make this dream come true! The design came full circle; first, lines on paper – then, built – now, photos on paper. For clearer images and text, click here: Dwell ArticleRead more "Published!"
The project is over and the client has moved in. She is elated, which is all I could have asked for after what seemed to be a bumpy ride. It took a month longer than estimated. In retrospect, the duration seemed to fly by. Other good news: we had the project professionally photographed, by Paul […]Read more "Done?"
So close and yet so far away…Read more "Finishes Take Forever"
You know who does color really well? Mexico. Last week I went with my family to San Miguel de Allende (in the state of Guanajuato), and visited Dr. Rust for his 70th birthday. I grew up visiting to Mexico, but never have I traveled this far south, nor visited a landlocked city (my dad loves […]Read more "The Color of Things"
You guys – we are nixing the exterior stucco finish and going with paper envelopes! What do you think? Just kidding! The term “envelope” in the building industry generally refers to “thermal envelope,” which is a combination of materials that separates interior from exterior – or conditioned space from the elements. For example, the wall’s thermal envelope […]Read more "Envelopes"
Big things happened at the job site this month. First of all, Dr. Rust came into town from San Miguel de Allende, and schooled us on how to rust metal proper. He had a few tricks up his sleeve: bleach, muriatic acid, and degreaser. After trying a few different combinations and techniques, we ended up […]Read more "Bacon says: “Roof-Roof”"
I remember the exact moment it happened. I was in the fourth grade; we were learning long division. It was when I ceased to comprehend math. It was a feeling of being left behind, and a frustration so intense that my eyes would start watering and my ears would close. It wasn’t making any sense, […]Read more "When in Rome(x)"
This house accused of having many corners… and many roofs. In total: five. Accuse away! I think it makes for exciting architecture! We are almost done building the exterior walls, so this past week we focused on building the roofs. We received the load of material from Randall’s (local lumber store) and it included: glu-lams, BCI’s, […]Read more "A Roof[s] Over Our Heads"