Podcast Episode 56 — Lights and Shades, Stone and Metal
Welding, HGTV, stone walls, outdoor wood boilers, and window flashing.
In this podcast episode, host and editor Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo. Brian talks about his visit to a house in Austin, Texas, that uses an automated, app-activated system to control lights and shades. Justin talks about how he has a hard time manually adjusting the shades in his living room. And Rob throws some shade on the too-cool city of Austin, with its “Keepin’ Austin Weird” tagline.
Brian explains how a remodeling firm keeps their jobs on budget, with four project managers juggling one or two projects at a time. Brian also talks about FHB contributor and 2017 Best New Home HOUSES Award winner Matt Risinger’s work. Matt has a specialty in architectural in-house metalwork, including stair railings, window awnings, planters, fences, and more; evidently Matt got his start with a toilet paper holder! (see photo below)
Plus, Justin’s pile of rocks (used to make a small dry-lay stone retaining wall) and Brian’s experience as pro stone waller. Sorry, no photo of Justin’s wall because someone backed into it before he could take a snapshot. That’s his story, and he’s sticking to it.
A listener asks for recommendations for TV shows and YouTube channels. Brian does not have a TV. Rob seldom watches TV. But Justin does recommend This Old House (the TV show) and Holmes on Homes. Brian recommends Matt Risinger’s video channel.
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Lew French’s Artful Masonry
- The Incredible Stonework and Art of Lew French
- Tailgate: Lew French, Rock Star
- Cool fireplace built by mason Lew French
- HOUSES Editor’s Choice Award 2014: Architecture the Way We Like It
Resources mentioned in (or related to) this podcast episode:
- Matt Risinger’s articles on FineHomebuilding.com.
- Calculating the True Cost of Construction, by Paul Biebel.
- A master dry-laid stone wall craftsman.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
- Buy a shirt at KeepCraftAlive.org.
Here’s a photo of a member of Matt Risinger’s metalworking crew in Austin: