Another effort in the never-ending war on bad information and ingrained myths
Direct the heat toward the feet
Old Building Details That Work
Simple country houses, Brutalist bodegas, and superb craftsmanship
Not all places have water that comes out of the ground courtesy of the city. Sometimes it comes out of a truck.
Some familiar and not-so-familiar techniques for building concrete foundations.
A peek at interior and exterior foundation waterproofing in one single house
A split riser allows you to remove the forms without damaging wet concrete.
This first video in the series focuses on the existing conditions and the demolition sequence. Following videos look at the foundation, framing, exterior shell, and exterior finishes.
This old-school method kills two birds with one stone.
Luxury housing development in Ecuador
18 Videos, articles, and animations showing you how to get through Section 1 of the Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist. It is about the continuity between various components of the air barrier system and the thermal envelope.
Yup—just drill a hole, add a piece of copper wire and drive the screw home
A Mashup of traditional architecture, modern technology, and good old gravity
A snowball effect of physics vs. physical structures: water carries salt to the surface of masonry, which crystallizes and can blow apart its masonry host.
A reusable gun that delivers a top-notch bead of sealant with very little waste
A little soap makes the goop workable and some fine sand makes it less goopy
Sealing the joints between slabs is critical to the longevity of concrete
An #oldschool approach to decorative concrete surfaces
Good amortization doesn't always involve using a building forever—sometimes, it means recapturing the space when the building corrodes