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Monthly Archives: September 2011

What’s happening in the Pre-Fab shop?

    “Meanwhile, back at the ranch” There is a lot going on in the design room and the shop while the foundation is being dug and the walls poured. Shop drawings of house components are regularly sent to the shop team, Shawn, Kevin, Bradford, Amos and Daniel (among others). The components include all the the floor system (joists and

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    The basement begins to take shape

        “Form equals function and function informs the form.” After the concrete cures in a couple of days, it’s time to remove the bracing and supports. Now it’s time to lay out the floor joists. Our friend, the arborist, was willing to climb up the Ponderosa and snap a photo of the pattern of the

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      The Foundation

        “Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau We are fans of ICF’s (Insulated Concrete Forms). ICF’s are large hollow forms or molds that are lightweight,  easy to stack and pre-insulated. Combined with re-bar, concrete, a specialist

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        Prefab Homes Popular

          “These homes are bril­liant!” (Con­fer­ence attendee) Man­dala Homes had the honor of being present at the Global Buy­ers Mis­sion in Whistler, B.C. Sept 8–10, 2011. The room buzzed with hun­dreds of peo­ple from all parts of the world; China, Japan Korea,..

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          Our Round Green Home

              “It takes more than one brain to brainstorm.” Lars and I have a sense of the size and basic shape of our Mandala.  I like the Yin/Yang , privacy/connection balance of the basic Cypress design; a Mandala with an open center ‘great room’ with wings radiating out from  the circle. From a passive solar perspective , it’s clear that

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            Clearing the land

              “This , too, shall pass.” It is a big decision for us to site the house right in the center of a grove of trees. We want the closeness to nature, the privacy and the feeling of sweet “containment” that comes from being in the center of the trees.  Amazingly , the footprint of our Mandala fits beautifully in the

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