Forget architectural styles...

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by mhambi, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. mhambi

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    Let's talk different building systems or methodologies.

    Probably 99 percent of us live in a standard stick built structure. If you were going to build from scratch, would you choose something different? Share your ideas, stories and links here, as well as what climate zone you live in.

    Common:
    2x4 or 2x6 framing w/ choice of insulation, sheathing and exterior finish
    Masonry block

    Not as common:
    ICF
    SIPS
    SCIP
    Log*
    Timber frame
    Cellouse filled double framed wall
    Foam/normal framing hybrids

    Fringe:
    Straw bales
    Earth bags
    Cob
    Cob/cordwood combo
    Tire
    Shipping containers
    Tauntaun :rofl:


    Construction/Design elements: Passive, Passive Solar, Net Zero/Zero Energy/PEH, HERS index, superinsulated and airtight, or loose and drafty, etc?


    *I've done the log thing before. Don't think I'll go back. :supergrin:

    :wavey:
     
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    FullClip Native Mainiac CLM

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    I'd love to be able to tear down my stick-built house and put up a timber frame, open floor type unit with bigly glass looking out over the lake. The drawback is that you'd have to keep it picked up all the time, instead of just kicking all the junk into a back room like I do now.

    Edited to add a 10 foot deep full foundation rather than just 8 feet....and a poured re-barred gun vault room.
     

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    I didn't see cardboard listed
     
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    Very happy with ICF.
     
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    Precast concrete
     
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    When I had my knees replaced this past winter and was living in my recliner for 3 months, I stumbled on these folks:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChhBsM9K_Bc9a_YTK7UUlnQ

    They are building their own home, using post and beam and SIPs construction. SIPs just seem odd to me - thick foam sandwiched between sheets of OSB panels. Seems to me that it would be a pain in the future, for additions and/or repairs or whatever.

    I think I'd like post and beam or log for a house.

    Otherwise, standard "stick built" is fine.
     
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  8. G30SF/F-250

    G30SF/F-250 Pinky Out Platinum Member

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    I looked at buying one of those home kits before.

    Truck pulls up with the kit. Crane on site, foundation ready, a few people, end of the day you have a house up and dried in. :cheers:
     
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    That's me looking out over Palo Duro Canyon. Rock structure built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930's
     
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    Foam insulation injected into our regular frame house - while being built - has resulted in amazing energy savings. We call regular two-story Texas homes, almost ALL built on the cheap with unskilled labor "hot boxes". In DFW, $1,000 per month electricity bills for 2,500 square feet or so is not unusual half of the year. (Our top hit about $225 one month this very hot and dry summer.) We heat the whole house with one stove-fireplace during the winter. I would go with a steel roof next time. Hail is a major issue here.
     
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    Concrete walls with prestressed concrete flats. Allows very large spans and open spaces. Tons of passive and active solar. Primarily solar heated water in radiant flooring.

    If you have ever played Mass Effect, I want house based on Cmndr. Shepherd's apartment.
     
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    I think ICF is going to be the future around the world. There are new methods coming that include concrete roof sytems encasing a steel frame.
     
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    ICP is the future!

    Insane Clown Posse :rock:

    Never mind....
     
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    I am in an RV right now.....:whistling:
     
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    The house we are building is using SCL (LVL, PSL, LSL, etc.) in-lieu of normal wood framing. It costs quite a bit more on the BOM than regular wood (and will cost more when actually finished), but the delta in finished form is less because there is very little waste. I wanted straight walls and a minimum of shrinkage after construction and SCL seems to fit the bill.

    We are going manufactured clad windows (Pella), most double hung for a traditional look. I had never used Pella, but in our current house it came with Pella and I have been pretty impressed with the quality, durability and when needed, service.

    We will being going with a thick asphalt shingle roof and hardy shingle for siding. Being hillside, fire ratings are really important to get approvals. Everyone here is fire aware, big time. Most newer homes here are cement shingle or asphalt roof and stucco.

    The last house I did a Litetouch home lighting control and it was awesome, but proprietary in design, so I had to buy a whole pot full of spares for fear they wouldn't be around when things started breaking (good decision, they were bought by one of the whole home integration outfits and obsoleted about the time things started quitting). We did low voltage halogen and everything was home run to the garage where all the transformers were mounted (to keep the transformer hum to a minimum). I didn't need all the I beams for earthquake as the house would have stood just on all the copper running through the walls. :)

    This house we decided we are going fairly minimalist when it comes to automation. We will use Lutron wireless RA2 Select for load control, dimming and scene management. All loads will be conventionally wired versus low voltage. We will likely use Honeywell for wireless thermostats. The sound system will be pretty simple and stand alone (I use it more for listening to the game and Christmas music when that time of the year rolls around. Otherwise it is usually just iTunes in our ears.

    It will be hardwood floors pretty much throughout. The exceptions being the mud and laundry rooms, which will be ceramic. The only natural stone we will be using will be on counter tops and it will be granite. Everything else will be ceramic as I want stuff I can clean with clorox or whatever super caustic cleaner I decide I like. NO MORE MARBLE OF ANY KIND!

    Anyway, so far that is where we are headed.
     
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    KWalrad No Wire Hangers!

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    I was thinking more along the lines of recycled beer cans and Copenhagen cans.

    Mud Dauber much?
     
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