Organic Lawn Care in the Northeast

Posted on May 11, 2017

You are right to be upset about the lawn care chemicals being dumped on the lawns of your community – or anywhere for that matter. the Figure Ground Studio cares deeply about responsible land management and has done a fair amount of research and even public speaking about the importance of organic lawn care. Here […]

Perfect Solutions and the Pretty Good House

Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Perfect Solutions and the Pretty Good House

Like most architects, I am susceptible to believing two things: That a perfect solution to a design problem has yet to be discovered, and If I think enough about said design problem, I can discover a previously undiscovered solution to it. As I have researched the various possibilities for wall assemblies at Mullet Hall, I […]

Wall Sketches

Posted on Mar 23, 2017
Wall Sketches

Another day of intense wall research and discussion, and we are back to the 2×6 Advanced Frame Wall Construction with Mineral Fiber Insulation (AFWCMFI Wall), with a total R of 47, and a modified version using TJIs on the roof for an R70 roof. There is some wiggle room there with the R values, and […]

CLT and Double Stud and PERSIST, oh my!

Posted on Mar 14, 2017

Those who have been around me any time during the last few months will know that one of the main topics on my mind has been the appropriate wall system for the No-name Passive House (working title: Mullet Hall). We began this quest looking primarily at Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Block. As I explained in […]

Design in 3d

Posted on Mar 2, 2017

One of the benefits of working in 3d is that a design that is merely in formation in plan can be examined from all angles – literally. This is mostly and advantage, but it can also be detrimental to the process for two well-documented reasons. First of all, a half-baked design idea can look pretty […]

Energy Model and Solar Analysis

Posted on Feb 17, 2017
Energy Model and Solar Analysis

There are so many factors that go into the design of a home. To name a few, there are: site selection, regulatory constraints, client wishes, budget, material and structural considerations, solar orientation, etc. As we work in-house and with consultants to move towards a final design, it seems like the 3d model of the home, […]

Love your neighbor as yourself

Posted on Feb 10, 2017
Love your neighbor as yourself

Yet-to-be-named Passive House

Posted on Jan 6, 2017
Yet-to-be-named Passive House

We have begun schematic design work on a yet-to-be-named Passive House in the Hudson Valley. The many homes that we have drawn inspiration from, including the Wolfe Island Passive House, all seem to have creative names. So far, this house has no name, but we have been diligently working on both the landscape design and […]

Newburgh Renovation Turns Historic Rowhouse into Artists’ Haven

Posted on Nov 8, 2016
Newburgh Renovation Turns Historic Rowhouse into Artists’ Haven

Turning a long-neglected Federal Style two-family home into a modern, light-filled home was the final result of this intricate and hands-on historic renovation. A basement level apartment was cleaned out, dried out, and modernized, creating a home for a student or single professional while providing extra income to the homeowners. The upper floors were opened […]

Office Planter Garden and “Gift to the Street”

Posted on Oct 13, 2016
Office Planter Garden and “Gift to the Street”

We’ve created a planter garden and a “gift to the street” here on Main Street in Cold Spring. The installation features the classic Fermob Bistro collection in red, Vietnamese pottery, and a colelction of decorative, edible, and pollinator-friendly plants.