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Alternative Housing

Alternative Housing

An alternative house is a domicile structure built or designed outside of the mainstream norm. We would consider townhomes, single-family homes, and apartment complexes to be mainstream homes. Today, alternative housing can take the form of tiny houses, dome houses, tree houses, factories, and even up-cycled buses. The motivation to create alternative homes can arise..
Sprucing Up Your Home for Spring

Sprucing Up Your Home for Spring

After the long, harsh winter months, nothing can be more appealing than a little sprucing up in the home. We grew up watching our mothers begin spring cleaning at the first sign of warm weather. Out with the old and in with the new is the old adage that bears repeating. We are drawn to..
How Hiring an Architect Can Save You Money

How Hiring an Architect Can Save You Money

When embarking on any type of remodeling or redesign it is prudent to do your homework before beginning. The preparations and expenses can be very costly and time-consuming. Having preliminary plans and a course of action is not only necessary but helpful. Hiring a professional may seem expensive, but in the long run, it is..
What to Know Before You Begin Remodeling

What to Know Before You Begin Remodeling

With the coming of spring, many of us begin to feel the urge to remodel or redecorate our homes. Most homeowners jump into the renovation process without a clue what to expect. Many suffer through renovation mishaps and regret not having a plan. There can be unforeseen expenses that can make the process complex and..
How War/Conflicts Affect Infrastructure

How War/Conflicts Affect Infrastructure

As of the writing of this article, there is war in the world. Russia has invaded Ukraine and chaos has ensued.  Aside from the death and disruption of life for those affected, the consequences of war can be felt for many years to come. Perhaps the greatest devastation occurs in the infrastructure of those unstable..
The Effects of Wind on Building Design

The Effects of Wind on Building Design

High wind pressure can have deleterious effects on all types of buildings. Doors and windows can collapse and roofing and decking can be destroyed in an instant. Roof overhangs that tend to trap air beneath them resulting in high uplift forces are particularly susceptible to damage. Tornadoes with 110-165 mph winds can destroy property in..