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Everything Old Seems New at Taliesin West

Everything Old Seems New at Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright's desert masterpiece continues to presage trends in home design and construction

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Vineyard Point Renovation

Vineyard Point Renovation

The central living room area, with its 8’ height doors and windows, allows the house to open to both the intimacy of the small court and the expanse of the woods.

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Lake View Residence

Lake View Residence

This home, located on a small lot near a lake, captures great views throughout the house. The contrast on both the interior and exterior of the home communicates strongly with the many unique structural shapes and features.

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A Renovated Farmhouse

A Renovated Farmhouse

The steel I beam bridge creates a delightful contrast to the traditional farmhouse design.

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Austin Residence

Austin Residence

The design of this home is influenced by the modern architectural vernacular of Palm Springs, which is characterized by a lot of glass and a strong connection between indoors and outdoors.

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Board Formed Architectural Concrete

Board Formed Architectural Concrete

Architects love board formed concrete, but it's a tricky process and requires a careful craftsman to ensure it looks good. See this video and pictures of a house I'm building where we used Board Formed Concrete for foundation and house walls extensively.

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A Mediterranean Inspired Kitchen

A Mediterranean Inspired Kitchen

Working with a material palette down to the finest detail.

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Historic Factory converted into Live Work Lofts In Oakland Ca.

Historic Factory converted into Live Work Lofts In Oakland Ca.

Using the bones of a 1940s factory, an architect creates beautiful light filled living spaces in an industrial section of Oakland Ca.

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How to Insulate a Slab Foundation

How to Insulate a Slab Foundation

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Have you ever wondered why Slab Foundations aren't insulated? Two reasons, your house needs to be pretty efficient first before it's necessary, then it's darn hard to accomplish without making an easy path for termites. In this video I'll show you how we used Borated Treated Perimeter foam to insulate a Texas Slab on Grade Foundation.

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Heart of the Living Room

Heart of the Living Room

I designed and constructed this fireplace from cast concrete tiles and mouldings, and two concrete corbels found at a garden shop which we stained to match. I also installed an artwork hanging system...

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Cutting into a Concrete Floor

Cutting into a Concrete Floor

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Cutting concrete is noisy, dirty, and dangerous; and the tools are heavy and unpredictable. In short, it's a job you may want to sub out.

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Tips for Specifying, Pouring, and Finishing Concrete

Tips for Specifying, Pouring, and Finishing Concrete

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Getting the correct mix and the right amount of concrete isn't hard if you master a little of the lingo and use a quick-calc chart.

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How To Prevent Termite Infestion - Using Stainless Steel

How To Prevent Termite Infestion - Using Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel, what builder doesn't love using SS? Check out this video on how to use SS Termite Barriers for a lifetime of protection for Slab Foundations.

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Digging post holes is the hardest part of building a deck

Digging post holes is the hardest part of building a deck

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When it's hot and the ground doesn't cooperate, even machine dug holes are hard work.

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Off-The-Grid Straw Bale Getaway

Off-The-Grid Straw Bale Getaway

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An architecture firm known for ecologically sensitive design creates an off-the-grid cabin in the woods of California

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Exterior Patio

Exterior Patio

New exterior patio including covered fireplace pit and water features. This was part of a remodel to Geodesic dome origianally built in the 70's

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Heres how to do a pour-in-place concrete countertop

Here's how to do a pour-in-place concrete countertop

A great video from concrete pro Buddy Rhodes shows a better way to form and pour a counter top in place.

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Mud Math: Figuring Concrete Volume with SketchUp

Mud Math: Figuring Concrete Volume with SketchUp

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When figuring concrete for bidding or pouring it's important to get a reliable volume amount. Use SketchUp to do your "mud math" for confident results when you call for that big white truck...

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Woodworkers Kitchen Renovation Improves Flow

Woodworker's Kitchen Renovation Improves Flow

A new refridgerator/freezer was my concession for leaving a beloved 1848 downtown townhouse we'd recently renovated to move to a 2002 suburban spec home with a bigger yard. At the appliance store, my...

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How to Lay Tile Over a Concrete Slab

How to Lay Tile Over a Concrete Slab

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Uncoupling membranes used between a tile floor and a concrete slab should prevent any cracks in the concrete from affecting the tile, but will it lower the thermal mass potential of the concrete?

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