From the Architect's Desk
On 14, Jan 2014 | In From the Architect's Desk | By lthomas
Over the years I have searched for a venue or way to showcase what’s under construction.
Frequently, my projects are most interesting, visually, during this phase. Not only can you see the structure –the skeleton of the new space — but you can also begin to understand the design and construction process better.
As much as I enjoy new home construction, much of my residential work is under the category of “Additions and Alterations.” This category encompasses homes, both new and old, where the architectural studies in the Concept Design phase resulted in a solution that required both demolishing an existing piece and creating new footprint area. These projects are interesting and a little different from the very beginning. The first photographs show what we call “selective demolition,” where the builder carefully (very carefully) removes elements of the structure like walls, roofs, doors and windows. Now the team of builder, homeowner and architect can really see what is what. Hidden issues can be addressed before any new construction begins.
Check back often—I will do my best to post new images on a regular basis.
Occasionally you have to change direction midstream. Termites had caused such destruction to the barn portion that it was completely demolished and rebuilt. This became an opportunity to improve the overall layout with a better connection between the Family Room and Kitchen/Eating areas. The floor of the Carriage house was found to have inadequate insulation and no foundation. Now a new foundation and crawlspace allows for HVAC and insulation. Making lemonade from lemons?