10 Dead Design Trends from the 2000’s

 

1- Beige: Specifically the paint color “beige sand” or “builder beige” (as we called it in my production building days), but beige in general is out. White still rules, but greens and and blues are sizzling hot right now. With paint stay cool literally, and gain your warmth from intermittent pops of color like art, tile back-splashes, exterior doors, or the ever popular wood! Read More

Rain-Screen Cladding 2.0

With an increasingly inconsistent climate, rain-screen cladding applications have become more relevant than ever. While you may not need them in the desert, they are fantastic for building here in Austin, TX and most places for that matter. Read More

Tyvek Fluid Applied Housewrap goes Residential

In early 2015 my company created a common sense application of Tyvek’s Fluid Applied,  that’s a perfect fit for residential construction. Our system, can achieve near Passivehouse air-tightness standards, without using any insulation. That’s right, the house  below scored  0.8 air changes per hour (ACH50), just a couple of hairs away from the 0.6 Passivehouse air-tightness threshold. In laymen terms, that’s super tight! So tight in fact, that I have never (knowingly) in my life, met a person that has built a house this tight. We’ve been building homes like this ever since. Enjoy the video!

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Framed Square Foot vs. Conditioned Square Foot

In both real-estate and construction, using square footage as a cost-based metric is common practice.

Here is the
dilemma:

  1. Real-estate goes by “conditioned” square footage
  2. Builders go by “framed” square footage

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Housewrap of the Future

photo by Bianca Kosta

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photo by Bianca Kosta

Doug Cameron is a Healthy, High-Performance Builder & Remodeler with EcoSafe Spaces Design+Build in Austin, TX

Trapezoid Windows: Pella Pro-Line Series

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Doug Cameron is a Healthy, High-Performance Builder & Remodeler with EcoSafe Spaces Design+Build in Austin, TX.

Architectural Steel

My friend Brady Foster, a local metal artisan, tours us through his shop in prep for a custom stair fabrication and install in our Holly Street Project.

Doug Cameron is a Healthy, High-Performance Builder & Remodeler with EcoSafe Spaces Design+Build in Austin, TX.

Balloon Framing & LSL Lumber

Balloon Framing is a 200+ year old technique we employ on this custom home in Austin, TX. LSL (laminated strand lumber) helps make this possible, while also allowing for perfectly straight walls.

Doug Cameron is a Healthy, High-Performance Builder & Remodeler with EcoSafe Spaces Design+Build in Austin, TX.

Combining Structural Steel and Wood

Structural steel can span significantly greater distances than wood. Watch the video below to see how the two materials are used in conjunction with another, to achieve a dramatic cantilever effect.

Doug Cameron is a Healthy, High-Performance Builder & Remodeler with EcoSafe Spaces Design+Build in Austin, TX.

Cement Tile, a Time Honored Tradition

Cement tile is a fantastic way of adding color, personality, and excitement to any space. Authentic cement tile is hand poured by artisans from around the globe; no single tile is exactly the same. Big box stores have caught on, and now produce ceramic tile that mimics some of today’s most popular cement tile patterns. Ceramics are less costly and don’t have the same sealing requirements as cement tile, but with mass/mechanized production, the human touch is lost. In terms of durability, cement tile lasts a long time! There are successful installs all over the world, hundreds of years old, that still look impeccable. I saw this personally on my trip recent trip to Italy and France. Historically ceramics of similar age, haven’t held up as well. Read More

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