Mela Breen, LEED AP, is the co-founder and lead designer at Atmosphere Design Build, a small northern California firm focused on handcrafted, high performance buildings.
The designer and builder of the 2018 Fine Homebuilding House detail why they chose mineral-wool batts and high-density boards for all of their insulation needs.
Floors that will record the story of our house.
This high-performance house embraces local materials, modern lines, and the craftsman’s hand.
Indoor fireplaces don't work well in superinsulated houses, so these California homeowners decided to meet their nostalgic need for a wood burner by putting it on the covered patio.
Bridger Steel panels offer the flexibility, style, and durability we wanted for our project.
Finding high-performance windows that look good, work well, and fit the budget can be a challenge
Renewables are part of the strategy, but conservation comes first
Atop the foundation of steel and concrete is a metal pan deck supporting a 4-in. poured-concrete slab.
The big excavator has done its job.
If we can't dig it out, we've got to break it up somehow.
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