3D Printed Construction

Let’s visualize for a moment the complexity of our current construction practice. Architects and engineers specify and design buildings with thousands of components, intersections, and relationships to be made between them. The contractors are then faced with the logistical challenge of mobilizing those components, assembling them onsite, and coordinating the different trades to complete the […]

On-Site Technology for Residential

The days of printed drawings are soon behind us. On-site tech is being used more and more especially in the commercial world. Though the residential construction industry is known for being much slower to change, you may be surprised to learn that this technology is not far from the residential construction sites.   Building Information […]

Case Study: Construction Administration in South Nashville

Many architects provide design services in five phases. One of those phases includes site/construction evaluation to provide quality control helping to ensure that design interpretation is correct. On-site we act as construction advisors to our clients looking out with their interests in mind. Past site visits have uncovered drastic misinterpretations which, if not caught, would […]

Prefab Modular Construction

To put it simply, prefab means to construct in a factory setting and modular means repetition. Prefab modular construction, we believe, is the future of housing. Construction today is all about the mobilization of people, equipment, and materials. The overhead associated with this approach is very costly. Prefab construction can offer solutions to efficiency and […]

Rainscreens for Exterior Finishes

Moisture protection is a major consideration in any building design. Without proper moisture control your building is subject to all sorts of issues from mold and sick building syndrome to structural failures. Rainscreens offer a great moisture control solution to many exterior finishes, even siding. But what is a rainscreen? A rainscreen is a wall […]

Sustainable Wood Framing

Wood framing (type V construction) is one of the most common building typologies especially in the residential construction industry. Most homes in the U.S. use wood framing for the primary structure. In many cases this means 2×4 or 2×6 studs at 16 inches on center with batt insulation between and plywood sheathing on the exterior. […]

To Vent or Not to Vent

Vented attics and crawl spaces are the typical practice for homes and have been for years. In this blog we discuss why encapsulation is the better approach. Vented and Non-Vented Crawl Spaces – The purpose of venting a crawl space is to provide air movement under the home for any trapped moisture to dry out […]

Branch out on Exterior Materials

Project - Mediateca de Carballo located in Carballo Spain Architect - óscar pedrós

There are many factors to consider when selecting an exterior material for your home or business. Aesthetic considerations include color, texture, and shape. There are, of course, financial considerations as well, including both material cost and labor costs. Other attributes typically less thought of are strength, acoustics, maintenance, patina, porosity and weight. Reinforced Stone and […]

The Good Wood

Wood siding is a common exterior product used all around the region, especially on more contemporary homes and businesses. A major downside to using wood siding is maintenance. Most wood siding products require re-staining and re-sealing every few years to prevent rot. Wood products that typically last longer are usually more expensive due to the […]