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Building a house in sections over time

Say I someday want to have a large estate, but for right now I just want to build the living room, kitchen, one bathroom, etc. and next year add another bedroom, library, etc. either adjoining or ...
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What Type of Roof is This?

I'm trying to figure out what the name is for the roof structure my home has - it's a single level late 70s ranch, side-gabled, but the roof is broken up into multiple segments. Is there a name for a ...
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Architect drawing home addition by hand

I am planning to expand master bedroom and hired an architect to draw the plan. What I learnt is that he drew diagram by hand and not using CAD. He is an old guy. But I am wondering if I should be ...
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Professional advice during self-build [closed]

I am planning to self-manage a construction project (single-story extension), with the work being done by independent tradespeople who I will contract individually on a job-by-job basis, completing ...
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What is the style of this arched window?

What is the style of this arched window: Is this just a modern design, or is it a specific historic style?
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Reconciling high ceilings with New England cold weather

One particular problem with typical New England architecture is that the ceilings are ordinarily low because of cold temperatures and cost of heating. If a ceiling is high, the hot air from radiators ...
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Inset shelf construction for a network rack

I want to construct a hole in the wall type shelf. On the other side of the wall is an attic space for the side of the house, it has plenty of room to do what I need. I will be making the frame, ...
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Design up (2 story) or out

I am not a builder. I am looking at properties with garage/shop + apartment. The two designs pictured are equivalent. From what I have seen most properties take the build out (left) approach. To ...
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What pages should be included in a complete set of plans for residential construction?

I'm designing the plans for my new house and plan to act as my own general contractor (hiring professional labor for most trades). I feel like I'm close to being done with the plans, but need to know ...
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Name the architectural feature of thin strip of roof on side wall connecting gabel end points?

Is there a specific name for this feature: I think this is purely for aesthetics, generally a horizontal mini-roof that connects the lowest points of a gable end. I believe it's to visually break up ...
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How to design large library? [closed]

I have the problem of housing a large library. Typical residential architecture uses built-in bookcases that line the walls and leave an open floor for the library with tables and couches. For me the ...
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Adhering something to a porous surface [closed]

I have been thinking about adhesion recently and, more specifically, have been thinking about adhesion to porous surfaces. I am a big fan of being able to adhere things together, on flat surfaces, ...
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Name for Clerestory roof with windows at ridgeline?

I know the term "clerestory" can be applied to a variety of rooflines which permit windows above the normal top of the interior walls, but was wondering if there's a specific name for the version ...
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Is there a way to improve the appearance of a covered front porch roof that uses corrugated plastic roof panels?

We are planning to retrofit a 5'x7' corner porch cover to fit under the eaves/gutter. We will be using corrugated plastic roof panels because they are light weight and we can made a 1/4"/12" pitch. ...
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Can I add bathroom/closet in place of 2nd entry door?

I have 1.5 bath ranch style house shown in picture below. The closet space is very limited and I really want to add one more full bath. I am contemplating closing the 2nd front door (as seen in sort ...
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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, ...
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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 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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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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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 "...