Category Archives: Home Plans

theFERN – Marathon, Texas

Here are some pictures of Steven Jones’ progress on theFERN that he’s building in Marathon, Texas. He is using SIPs panels from EH Systems (http://www.ehssips.com/) and their panels will be featured in the Easter Edition of Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC. I’ll be posting more pictures and following Steven’s progress as he builds theFERN. I’ll also be uploading to […]

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The Lawrence Street House – LEED for Homes

We have officially registered our home with the US Green Building Council. This is the first step in pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. In addition to this registration, we hire a LEED rater — Earth Advantage from P-Town. Our local rater is Eli and he worked with us on theSAGE. He is starting some preliminary calculations […]

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The Lawrence Street House – SDU (finally)

Finally. We have the design for our secondary dwelling unit (aka SDU). It’s amazing how challenging it has been to design a two-bedroom, one bath home in under 800 square feet. City of Eugene code allows for a second dwelling on the same property if the lot is large enough (it is), if the owner of the property lives in […]

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The Lawrence Street House – Refinements Pt 2

We have refined the exterior as well as the floor plan and are now very happy with every aspect of the design. Click here for a larger image of the south elevation. We’ve added arbors over the south windows at the living room and over Brenda’s potting bench area off the garage. The front porch is reminiscent of the Craftsman […]

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The Lawrence Street House – Refinements

The design is progressing. We’ve been in the refinement stage of design development, taking the thoughts and ideas that came out of our design charrette and massaging the design. We’ve been working 3D and in plan together; that’s always a good thing. Many designers start by getting the plan worked out then “forcing” an elevation on it. That’s dangerous and […]

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The Lawrence Street House – Design Development

>Well, the charrette spurred some creative juices, as I mentioned. I’ve spent the last few days refining some things and developing the plan a little further. Refining it a little more. Tweaking it. Making it better. The last sketch was an exterior idea, very rough. I’ve refined it a bit more and put a little color to it. Amazing what […]

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The Lawrence Street House – Charrette

What is a charrette? The classic definition is an intense period of design activity. It usually consists of gathering several of the involved people, clients and designers in one room for an uninterrupted time of brain-storming. We have found this to be valuable, resulting in incredible results with our previous project, theSAGE, so thought we should do this with our […]

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The Lawrence Street House – Front Porch

This post is Front Porch because we also have a Side Porch I’ll talk about in a future post. Part of our desire to be downtown is neighborhood. Connecting with people and the whole aspect of our culture that we’ve lost in the suburbs. We’ve noticed, when walking around this neighborhood that people are out front. 15th Street is a […]

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The Lawrence Street House – Denofficebedroom

See, I got the title down to one word. In our plan, we have this room right off the living room. It’s one of those multi-use use rooms that help save money, space and consumption. Our three bedroom house won’t have the third bedroom sitting vacant all the time. DEN/OFFICE: This will be the primary use for us. With both […]

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The Lawrence Street House – Plumbing

One way to save energy is through a compact plumbing design. One of our goals as we laid out the design was to keep the plumbing — especially the hot water runs — as short as possible. I shared that goal with a friend in the design community who said we wouldn’t be able to do it. And I’ll have […]

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