Concrete & Masonry
Floor layout and framing, some good news from the building inspector, and a pleasant surprise on the adhesive front
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.
Square up to the back wall, layout 45-degree lines, placing corners at the house and work outward
Flashing must extend all the way from the wall to the outside. Oh yeah, and it has to be watertight and eight people have to work on it...
Old Building Details That Work
Simple country houses, Brutalist bodegas, and superb craftsmanship
Some familiar and not-so-familiar techniques for building concrete foundations.
A peek at interior and exterior foundation waterproofing in one single house
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.
The ongoing saga about designing and constructing a tiny house in Ecuador
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