Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Efficiency by Design - Roofs

After all the work of optimizing the rest of the house, you might think we could call it a day and cap our house. But wait, there's more! Efficiency by Design is a thorough study of EVERY part of the house. Why stop early when there's still a roof?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Efficiency by Design - Walls

Walls are so misunderstood. In a world of "More wood is better!" it's hard to know what to cut. Efficiency by Design can optimize your walls to help you know what's what and what to cut.

What's in a wall? There are three basic parts: First are the studs that stand straight up. These are held in place by plates at the top and bottom. Finally all of it is tied together with sheathing. How do they work?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Efficiency by Design - Floors

What's the difference between a floor and a ceiling? Not much. If it's unfinished below, it's a floor. If it's unfinished above, it's a ceiling. If it's finished on both sides it's a floor and a ceiling. With the exception of trusses (which we'll discuss later in Roofs), both are built very similarly.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Efficiency by Design - Foundation

The foundation of your house is perhaps the most important feature. Get it right and the whole house can last for a hundred years or more. Get it wrong and you'll be plagued with callbacks.

We at Istockhouseplans understand this concern. However we also like to weigh the other side of the balance with efficiency by design and optimizing your materials. We did the research and found out how to keep your house strong and save money at the same time.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Efficiency by Design - Introduction

We spent some time harping on material optimization a few years back. Touted as advanced framing, there was some push back on implementation. Framers get stuck in a rut, get used to a way of doing something, have a feeeeling that something performs better. Meanwhile, we designers sit behind our computers with our soft, smooth hands crunching numbers and telling you what to install. Your experience might differ from our callouts. And that's okay.

But since that time we've honed our razor to an even sharper edge. We've done away with the concept of advanced framing and developed a system known as Efficiency by Design. What's so efficient about it? Pop quiz, what would you rather save on most: material cost, labor costs, or loan interest?