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What's a doorway that doesn't have a door called?

A doorway? passageway? archway? lintel? soffit? I have to label one on an architectural drawing, and it occurred to me that there may be a more technically accurate term for it than "passageway" or ...
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Is a hexagonal house feasible?

Recently I have been considering the economics and feasability of building a house versus buying a used one. In my design I settled on a hexagon as the logical shape for the frame, which I am ...
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What's the difference between SFA99 and RIBA Agreements 2010 in the UK?

I am starting the process of having an extension on my house, and getting close to signing an agreement with an architect to have drawings done. The architect would like to use SFA99 as the contract ...
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Are there any decorative fire-retardant finishes for a structural steel column?

I'm having a wall removed in my kitchen and replacing it with a round column. My Structural Engineer has detailed that we paint it with intumescent paint to give it 1.5 hours fire protection. My ...
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Is there a comparative study of self-sustained and ecological housing?

I am interested in building a self-sustained and ecologically integrated house. The Earthship model is an excellent example of what I am looking at building. However, before I proceed, I want to be ...
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Information resources for Traditional Japanese Homes

My family and I are preparing to purchase a more or less traditional Japanese home in Hawaii. I am checking up on the claims that it was brought here from Japan and built in 1965. Interior ...
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laying a brick patio in extreme temperature setting

The small town where I live gets below freezing in winter and above 100º F in summer. I need to know which mortar joint width and ratio is best for laying a brick patio myself. As far as I know, ...