Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
If you like what you've read on the Longhouse blog, I think you'll find 30X40 Design Workshop even more engaging. 30X40 is my studio where I work on these humble, considered design projects of all scales. It's also a shop where I sell my simple home designs, offer advice, product + material reviews and a place to get a glimpse at some of my other more recent work.
Why 30X40? Check out this post on my new blog that describes the thinking behind it.
As I mentioned I'm offering floor plan sets for sale, the first of which is based on the three bedroom Longhouse (3.0), but there are others in development, being released every week. The original plan for the Longhouse here on Mount Desert Island, Maine remains a wonderfully efficient house to live in. But, I'd be a fool if I didn't learn from my time actually living here and improve upon the things that our family has found to be somewhat less than perfect.
|Longhouse 3.0 - Aerial View (without roof)|
What's new and improved?
- Closets. If you've read through any of my laments in the original posts you'll know we didn't implement an out-of-sight storage plan properly. The new plans address this, but also allow you to phase the storage plan in over time. We've provided multiple places in the plans to incorporate storage cabinetry or leave it out if the budget suggests otherwise. Personally, I'd use every inch of it, especially in a small floor plan, storage is a key component to organized living.
- Bedroom size. When we first designed the Longhouse we kept a mindful watch on every square foot we added. While it made sense at the time, it was short-sighted. A couple of extra feet in the end bedrooms would've allowed for extra play room as well as closets (see #1) and made them more versatile over time. But, we learned and the bedrooms are larger and filled with storage.
- Basement / Attic access. This was something that was taking space in a location it didn't need to be. Shifting it to the new location provided for additional transition space between the living area and master suite.
- Floor framing. We learned that the savings on dimensional lumber (2x8s) for floor framing would've been more wisely spent on bones that don't shrink over time. As dimensional lumber dries the first floor system settles. I knew this going in, but really thought it wouldn't be an issue and while it's not a structural issue, creaking floor boards in certain parts of the house are an ongoing reminder of my decision to save a few dollars. The new Longhouse incorporates engineered floor framing members as a starting point.
- Materials. Architects can be fickle. Liking one material this week and another next. So, had I it to do all over again, I'd probably switch up the exterior Hardieplank for shingles or Hardipanel, but that's not because I don't love the product. It's because I like different things every week. The Hardiplank looks new even five years on - hard to beat that for low maintenance and low life-cycle cost.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
No trim, no ornament, no crime.
Stonco 150L, with 4A backplate
Does our house look dated already by virtue of the lack of ornamentation? There’s validity in the argument that economy has driven many of our decisions, including those to eliminate ornament…but I wouldn’t have chose ogee moulding even if I had an extra five grand sitting in my pocket. I question some of Loos’ arguments and the social conditions he supports them with, but at heart I have to say I agree with his thesis. Loos worked hard to allow each material to be expressive of its inherent qualities, the only object on my walls (until I can afford artwork…is that ornamentation?) are my $11 Stonco exterior grade lampholders…a modern torch of sorts. Oh yeah…there’s the Enje roller blinds (IKEA, 39”x98”, $29.99)…which I considered stitching colored thread horizontally to add some color to the room…ornament, tsk tsk.
It’s no wonder my kids are pining for the outdoors, their required reading lists now require German translation.
Monday, March 3, 2008
We've been settling in to our new home for close to four months now and of course the punchlist is longer than it was on move-in day last November. I've been busy checking off things inside as the snow outside continues to pile up. One of those tasks was a radon test. I figured we would be borderline given that we've built on solid granite ledge, but the tests in the bedrooms came back at 10pci, the EPA threshold for action is 4pci...so 'act' we must. The basic idea is to drill a hole (or two if you own an eighty foot long house) insert a pipe and depressurize the slab beneath by installing a small fan in the attic space connected to that pipe exhausting to the atmosphere...where radon (being heavier than air) settles right back down on the ground?! Anyhow, the company we've hired to install the system guesses the current levels in the basement, where the radon seeps into the house, are in the 20s, not an ideal place to send the kids on a winter's afternoon to ride their bikes I suppose.
Thank you to the IRS for funding this project with $1800 of fresh hot rebate.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Soap tray for our shower...d-line, $197.10.....right.....keep looking
Monday, January 7, 2008
We'll have more photos this week of progress inside. The holidays have kept us from posting as visitors and celebrations took priority. The top 10 lists are on the way...we've been busy skinning the interiors, the wardrobe is complete, the desk area is taking shape, the chalkboard at the kitchen island (dining side) is complete, shelving is in place. The main bathroom needs more wood...far too gray. I have some ideas about canvas panels with turnbuttons...
Living...at last...notice the blackboard backdrop
Turnbuttons for canvas paneling