May, 2012

  1. Here Comes the Sun: Passive Solar Parking Lot

    Here comes the sun  (dadda dum dum) …No, I’m not building a parking lot–it’s just that I’ve been confusing myself with a whirlwind of research about passive solar home design, so this post is a parking lot where I can post some of the things I’ve been looking at so I don’t lose them, but…

  2. A Sauna is a Holy Ghost Building

    To review, this whole endeavor basically has two precipitating factors: I couldn’t hack the corporate world anymore; and I had an old Bluegrass song stuck in my head From those humble beginnings, I decided to teach myself how to build a little building on my folks’ land in Black Mountain, NC, and to somehow make…

  3. Salmela and Mockbee, Sittin In a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

    My brother sent this nice article and slideshow my way.  I like the verticality of the Egerstrom design though it’s a little more urban and angular-looking than what I’m going for in Black Mountain.  I am so happy with the place my parents chose as their last home and the last thing I want to…

  4. Quick Work, Universe!

    For the past week or so I have been trying to figure out how to fit a wedge-shaped queen-sized sleeping loft over the sauna without making the space below feel cramped and awkward.  When I finally let go of that idea, I was able to become open to lots of other ideas that felt better,…

  5. Gorgeous 1920 Buncombe County Soil Map

    Soil map, Buncombe County, North Carolina, 1920

          This beautiful soil map was created in 1920 and is available online at NC Maps through the North Carolina State Archives.  The map is color-coded by soil type and I am amazed when I think of the effort it took to produce a survey like this.  Based on this map I believe…

  6. Math: Plumb, Level, and Square

    I remember exactly when I broke up with math.  I was in third grade, and the setup was that whoever completed their quiz first could go do something else while everyone else finished up.  One day, for the first time, some other little girl bested me in the race to go do something else, and…