Renovating my house has not been awesome for so many reasons, but slowly and surely we are getting someplace with it all. The most recent item to be added to the “mostly” completed list is my fireplace. Let’s make this clear right from the beginning – I despise my fireplace in the way that Harry Potter despises Voldemort … it is absolute and with malice.
Understanding the physical behavior of the building as a system and how it impacts the energy efficiency, durability, comfort, and indoor air quality is pivotal in the creation of high-performance buildings. This means we are talking Building Science Fight Club with Christine Williamson.
Leaving your mark on the place where you live is built into the DNA of most architects and designers. This can manifest itself in many different ways but for many of us, working on the place where we live is the most obvious choice. Today we are talking about Renovating your House – the good, the bad, and (hopefully not) the ugly.
Should you paint your fence black? I came pretty close and settled in on a charcoal color (which was a nice change from the previous color of “raw hot dog”) and I’m here to tell you that going dark can be a very good thing.
Renovating your home is fun … as long as you have an unlimited budget and don’t have to live there during the process. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have either of those two things and the last two weeks have been pretty rough … not in a “working-in-a-traveling-carnival” sort of way, but I would imagine that both equally unpleasant and would cause you to re-evaluate your life decisions several times a day.
Being an Architect is hell … I’ve said it before and a lot of you have agreed with me (the smart ones typically). While I think it’s one of the best jobs you can have, being an architect can complicate other aspects of your life, aspects that “regular” people can blissfully go about their lives completely, and at times, blissfully unaware. I am in full-blown renovation at my house at the moment, and I am either a genius or a complete lunatic for choosing this time to tackle the work.
If you have an interest in construction best practices and techniques, social media platforms like Instagrams now provide previously unheard of access to people in the construction industry that are leading by example – and they are showing the world exactly how they are making a difference.