Category Archives: Architecture
Bungalows (Updating Classic America)
M. Caren Connolly
If you are anything like me, you occasionally find yourself adding new books to your bookshelf or replenishing the collection of books resting on your coffee table (usually architectural related) to keep your room looking fresh and new and guests entertained. One book in particular that I have had the pleasure of reading was written by two architects who, based on their writings and backgrounds, truly appreciate the style and spirit of the American bungalow.Continue Reading ›
Site master planning is strategic planning, planning for present needs with an eye toward expansion and the future.
The First Phase of this Master Plan is probably the least expensive of all the phases shown in this conceptual plan. The reason is that the structure is already there in your garage!
While you’re enjoying the newly created space, you may find a need for your automobiles and/or workshop. Thus, Phase II might be the addition of a new, not 2-car, but 3-car garage to add that extra bonus that newer homes are offering.
Phase III has been indicated as an addition at the rear of the existing residence creating possibly a new Master Bedroom Suite (shown) or additional Bedrooms, or even a “Granny Pad” for those special relatives.Continue Reading ›
A hydronic radiant floor heating system in concrete slab
There are numerous ways to heat living space (some more desirable than others). Among them are forced-air heating, baseboard heating, gas burners, electric heating elements, space heaters, passive solar design, radiant heating, etc. Though each heating method has its particular pros and cons along with its own unique characteristics, radiant floor heating is one heating system, in particular, I would like to focus on. Radiant floor heating, also commonly referred to as underfloor heating, is a popular central heating system that supplies heat directly to the floors surface keeping it warm to the touch while radiating up into the living space above.Continue Reading ›
Five Elements of Passive Solar Design – From WBDG
Last week as I was helping a friend around his property, I noticed a nearby home with a roof that was covered with solar panels. Chances are you probably have a neighbor or know of someone with a similar system mounted on their rooftop. What if there was an alternative to this somewhat unappealing and expensive addition to an already existing structure? If you were to research the topic you might come across a different form of energy used in home construction called “passive solar design.”Continue Reading ›
Site master planning is strategic planning, planning for present needs with an eye toward expansion and the future. gfh Architecture, Planning & Graphics has extensive experience in developing long-range plans for private clients. The master planning work that we do encompasses the following objectives:
- Establishing general goals with you
- Analyzing physical adjacencies of key functions
- Physical site planning
- Meeting and interviewing key personnel
- Presenting findings at public meetings
- Developing budget alternatives
- Phasing scenarios and strategies