FHB House 2019 – Part 2: Classic Character, Modern Comfort
Behind the brick lies an airtight envelope and an extravagant bath
Synopsis: In the second installment of the Fine Homebuilding House: Kentucky 2019 build, architect Jason Black describes the historic southern inspiration for the home’s brick cladding, towering windows, and built-up eave moldings. The article includes explanations of the house’s Windsor wood windows, Zip System R-sheathing, and insulation details. The focus then turns to the bathroom, where Schluter products allow a moisture-controlled wet room designed to evoke a feeling of luxury and homeowner comfort.
The inspiration for the house we’re building comes from time Gretchen and I have spent in historic southern towns, particularly Charleston, Savannah, and New Orleans. Like our New Urbanism community here in Norton Commons, the historic neighborhoods in these cities were developed with a mix of commercial and residential buildings. Walking the side streets and alleys of the Battery in Charleston, we were struck by the impact of a well-designed porch railing and the shadowlines created…