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 […]

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.

Views of the Hudson Highlands from Newburgh

Posted on Jun 8, 2016
Views of the Hudson Highlands from Newburgh

This new project is a renovation of a 19th century brick building is presenting the opportunity for magnificently framed views of the Hudson Highlands from Newburgh. One can imagine a new, urban, Hudson River School blossoming again from these fertile shores and magnificently situated rooms. Exciting things are happening: The Newburgh Illuminated Festival aims to […]

PDX Backyard Habitat featured in Green Builder Magazine

Posted on Jun 6, 2016
PDX Backyard Habitat featured in Green Builder Magazine

The Figure Ground Studio’s PDX Backyard Habitat , located in southwest hills of Portland, Oregon, was recently featured in the March-April 2016 issue of Green Builder magazine. Our very own Erin Muir, who served as Landscape Architect on this job, is quoted extensively about her design in the article, discussing the theory and practice of […]

Welcome Cold Spring Bike Rentals and Tours!

Posted on May 12, 2016
Welcome Cold Spring Bike Rentals and Tours!

Across from the street from our office here on Main Street in Cold Spring, NY is a new venture opening just in time for the late sunsets of Summer… Cold Spring Bike Rentals and Tours. From their website: Cold Spring Bike Rental & Tours is a unique all inclusive bike rental company providing individual bike […]