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 […]

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 […]

109 1st in Newburgh Nearing Completion

Posted on Aug 6, 2016
109 1st in Newburgh Nearing Completion

Renovating an existing building is often quite challenging, and the project at 109 1st St. in Newburgh (currently listed for sale) was no exception. While we encountered some surprises during design and construction, the project is finally nearing completion. This project took a quaint, yet neglected Federal Style home and completely renovated both the main […]

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 […]

Narragansett Pool House, Pool, and Landscape Nearing Completion

Posted on May 4, 2016

The modern, neoclassically inspired, collaboratively designed poolhouse, pool, deck, and pool landscape for residence in Narragansett, RI is nearing completion.

Newburgh Historical Structural Renovation

Posted on Jan 26, 2016
Newburgh Historical Structural Renovation

The historic renovation in Newburgh is progressing well, with structural reinforcements in place and the overall structure sound.

Garage Accessory Apartment Progress

Posted on Nov 10, 2015
Garage Accessory Apartment Progress

This garage accessory apartment (which replaced an existing, crumbling garage) was designed to fit seamlessly with the existing house. By simulating a gambrel roof with dormers on a conventional gable frame, the client/contractor saved considerable time and money while creating a project which seamlessly fits with the landscape.   See this previous post to see prious […]

A Celebration Of Ecological Systems In Architecture

Posted on Mar 2, 2015
A Celebration Of Ecological Systems In Architecture

[THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN 2006] WATER-BASED TECHNOLOGIES BEAUTIFY A NEW MEXICAN RESORT BY ETHAN TIMM EL MONTE SAGRADO RESORT IN TAOS, N.M., exemplifies a comprehensive ecological design solution for a high-desert development, combining traditional architectural techniques and hydrologically appropriate water systems. Water conservation has a long and beautiful history in the desert Southwest. In keeping with this tradition, water-based eco-technologies were employed […]