Eco architecture

Windows on the Soul: Let the Light Shine In

GUEST POST BY DELLA HANSMANN Lets talk about windows.  Let’s talk about light. MORNING WINDOWS Christopher Alexander explored building design by looking for patterns in existing building styles, and he stresses the importance of natural light – eastern light – in the house, and particularly in bedrooms.  Pattern 138 in […]

Conversational Prairie 101

Because our little barn is a timber frame structure covered with slabs of oak weathering to a silvery patina, I like to think it looks like it belongs where it is.  (See my post, Building our Timberframe Barn here .  But when it was being built, the site looked like […]

Many Shades of Green

GUEST POST BY DELLA HANSMANN After I wrote this title I decided that perhaps the metaphor is slightly off.  It seems to be more a question of albedo, the distinction between the many shiny-nesses of green.   As Denise mentioned on Tuesday, this weekend our family met in Madison and […]

Why Whole Trees?

GUEST POST BY DELLA HANSMANN If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve seen the term “whole trees” a number of times.  Doug and Denise have decided that they want their new home to be a whole tree house.  They won’t be living in the air, however.  Here’s […]