Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - MChandler's posts Fine Homebuilding - MChandler's posts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/profile/MChandler Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:29:42 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - MChandler's posts Fine Homebuilding - MChandler's posts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/profile/MChandler <![CDATA[Small Pond ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:26:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36817/small-pond http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36817/small-pond Small Pond Posted by MChandler
It was one of those homes that always made me smile, a homestead done right behind a reflecting pond. A modest stone-wrapped cabin with an old tin roof set in a lawn studded with fruit trees. And then the phone rang and I was being asked about a whole house remodel. The potential to screw this up was huge, the budget was so small the building inspectors actually giggled when I told them. An 1850 era log cabin that had been moved to this site in 1900 and added on to subsided into the muck for 50 years and been "stabilized" at 8" out of level in twelve feet. It had been wrapped in asbestos (surprise!)then cedar and then added onto again and again. It had snakes in the crawl and bats in the attic. But it was the heart and soul of this community and an opportunity to do right(and get paid)and have fun doing it. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Energy-efficient framing practices for hurricane and tornado country]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:45:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17009/energy-efficient-framing-practices-for-hurricane-and-tornado-country http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17009/energy-efficient-framing-practices-for-hurricane-and-tornado-country Energy-efficient framing practices for hurricane and tornado country Posted by MChandler
Builders have been slow to adopt 24" OC 2x6 optimum value framing due to concerns about the strength of the structure. We have adopted several framing techniques that work with OVE to improve storm survivability while also maintaining good energy efficiency and stiffness. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Why I Don't Use Cellulose or Blue-Jean Insulation]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8327/why-i-dont-use-cellulose-or-blue-jean-insulation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8327/why-i-dont-use-cellulose-or-blue-jean-insulation Why I Don't Use Cellulose or Blue-Jean Insulation Posted by MChandler
Just because it’s recycled doesn’t mean it’s green. Let me explain why I won't use cellulose or blue-jean insulation. . . ]]>
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<![CDATA[Marketing Green: How to sell homeowners on the benefits, not the features]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2009 11:37:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8154/marketing-green-how-to-sell-homeowners-on-the-benefits-not-the-features http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8154/marketing-green-how-to-sell-homeowners-on-the-benefits-not-the-features Marketing Green: How to sell homeowners on the benefits, not the features Posted by MChandler
Green isn’t an upgrade, it’s the way quality builders build houses, but builders who are trying to move toward building greener, more sustainable homes often say that they hit a lot of resistance with their customers. Selling green, they say, is tough because it costs more. . . ]]>
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<![CDATA[A Modest (Green) Proposal]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 08:38:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/4860/a-modest-green-proposal http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/4860/a-modest-green-proposal MChandler
Americans can get to work fixing our own home weatherization problems without government handouts if we just give them a chance. We can put Americans to work fixing America’s problems, we already have most of the systems in place, we just need to get started. ]]>
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