Traditional suburban homes, single family wood built house, generally lack enough insulation to keep heating and air conditioning bills reasonable. To keep an older home feeling comfortable, one has to use more energy (electric, oil or gas) or add insulation. Energy Savings: Best Wall Construction explores the options.Continue reading “Energy Savings: Best Wall Construction”
- To create an ideal bathroom that retains the smallest practical footprint while meeting the adult requirements of living.
- Make a checklist of all the requirements needed in a modern bathroom.
- ‘Compare and Contrast’ 4 types of layouts, from the cheapest bathroom to a luxury layout, in order to understand the differences.
As a result of this analysis, we hope to determine the ideal bathroom for the majority of people, which can be used in all dwelling types. Dwelling types that include Studio/One-Bedroom apartments, or as the primary bathroom in multi-bedroom dwelling.Continue reading “Imagine the Best Bathroom Layouts Ever”
Article by Nic Buccalo, Architect
Insulation is the best way of keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer. The greater the insulation, the less mechanical effort is required. For older homes, the cost burden of maintaining a comfortable interior can financially burden a household. Here is everything you need to know.Continue reading “INSULATION: Everything you need to know.”
Article by Nic Buccalo, Architect
STOPPING AIR FLOW FROM INTERIOR TO EXTERIOR
Staying comfortable in winter while keeping one’s energy costs low is the goal. A few simple fixes can reduce one’s energy costs by half. Air sealing is the easiest way to impact the quality of comfort in your home.Continue reading “Home Energy Saving, Air Sealing: How To”
Owning your own Townhouse can be a wonderful experience. It can also turn into a nightmare if you have the attitude that it will take care of itself. Knowing the trouble signs can save you from that frustration, help secure your greatest investment and give you the pleasure of living that you deserve. Here’s Five Things about Townhouses you should know.
When a driveway is too steep as it intersects with the roadway, it can cause property damage by allowing the bottom of vehicles’ bumpers to scrape on the asphalt. Further, there can be scratch marks in the driveway where the bumpers of trucks have failed to clear the surface when trying to enter the property, shortening the lifespan of the driveway. This modest modification at the transition can eliminate those issues.Continue reading “Driveway Transition”
Architectural design revolves around several components that when integrated properly can create a beautiful expression that is also functional. Functionality can be described as both the efficiency of its programmatic uses (such as laundry room), and, as a component of how the edifice is perceived (the visual function of a building being expressed as a residence, place of worship, etc.).Continue reading “Complete Home Programming-Part 1 Intro”
Issuance Date: 04/15/2020
To: Owners and Contractors
Purpose: Updated guidance to owners and contractors on
enforcement of Essential vs. Nonessential
construction in accordance with updated guidance
from the Empire State Development Corporation
issued on April 9, 2020 pursuant to NYS Governor’s
Executive Order 202.6 and subsequent orders.
This is a basic overview of websites in the age of Google. Hopefully it will help the small company have a presence when people do Google searches. This is a ‘throw it at you’ article, so please add questions and comments so I can add additional information that I might have missed.
If you haven’t created a website before, or don’t know what a ‘website host server’ is and how to connect to one to upload your website information using FileZilla or some other program, this all might be over your head. The goal here is to help those who have basic knowledge and then to help them ‘get on top of the hill’ so they (their website) can be seen by more people, thus helping their business.
The following analysis for ‘large residential developments’ provides the basics to determining actual quantities of varying sized dwelling units which includes both owner occupied and rentals, as well as low, moderate and high-end units. This program development is done to create a development which reinforces the fundamental composition of a vibrant community, an important part of any neighborhood. The analysis, based on population quantities and age groups, creates a prototype model which can be applied to future residential developments. It also accommodates a small percentage of affordable housing which can be provided at little or no cost, thus responding to a growing social need and proving itself worthy, in all respects, to being an integral part of a community.
The community, both physical and psychological, wishes to achieve the feeling of an extended family, in which all its inhabitants are respected and welcomed, ensuring that no person shall be brushed away as not worthy. It is a community which embraces variety both physically (in the physical form and detail) and in its spirit, for it is variety that provide the foundation for a thriving, energetic, vibrant place. The result in all aspects reflects the best of social living.
The resulting development, containing between 300 and 1500 units, plays its part of a larger city block and street/city scape, incorporating the spirit of surrounding context and enhancing its place with connections to other parts of the city, establishing its place within the larger community. The resulting design, much like the Boston ‘Tent City’ residential development which I designed, consists of a combination of low and mid-rise structures. And for this study I take the best of what I design there, both physically and programmatically, pushing that design technology forward using data from a variety of sources to support the resulting conclusions.
This is Part 1 of an unknown series of examinations into creating the perfect urban residential development. One that is self-sustaining, environmentally friendly and inclusive. It hope to establish basics of program, reinforcing things all humans need to feel like they are home, welcomed, secured and proud of their habitation.