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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Four weeks after the foundation pour

    “It’s unbelievable how fast your house has gone up….” The project is moving along very smoothly. The benefits of building with prefab components really shine in the areas of time and waste. Because the prefinished/precut pieces arrive at the site ready to be nailed or screwed into place, the tasks can really zip along.. This week

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    Eco-living in the Round

      Lars and Rachel looking pretty happy about their Mandala project!  ”Every choice we make can be a  celebration of the world we want.”  Frances MooreLappé and Anna Lappé   I imagine that many of you, like Lars and I,  have a value to live as consciously and conscientiously on this earth as possible. We view this Mandala building

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      Yin/Yang House Design

        “Next to love, balance is the most important thing”~ John Wooden When you design and build a home, whether you are working with a designer or on your own, it’s helpful to think about two important aspects of home living. I found it helpful to frame these elements using the two ancient Chinese principles of

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        Pop Goes the House!

          “I’ve been driving up here every day (to work on a nearby project) and, I can’t believe how quickly this house in the woods is going up.One week there was a foundation and the next week there is a house!”   (G.E. local contractor)   Most people who have built a home comment that there are “the fast parts” and there

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          Lifting The Center (and all the connections that follow)

            “At the center of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want.” Lau Tzu The moment of lifting the central skylight ring of a Mandala is a special and powerful moment in the life of a house of this design. The skylight is central to this

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            Prefabulous

              “Watching the ease of the walls going up was amazing.” Assembling a house panel by panel has got to be the fastest method for creating space! It is incredible to see it coming together! The following, is a series of photos of the last exterior wall being craned into place;  Voila! The last wall fits right

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              Get the plywood down on the floor

                “Get the plywood down on the floor, cause then we can sweep it and REALLY play house!” There are many exciting junctures in the process of building a house. One of them is when the floor joists are covered with the plywood. Because, once the floor is covered , you can really feel the breadth and height of the main floor

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