A programmer posts about his house build issues and what he would change about the process. Reading the list of issues, there are a ton of overlapping causes – bad material selections, bad specifications, bad record keeping, bad site hygiene, and (of course) bad work. Despite this spiderweb of root causes, it all boils down to a an unacceptable result. Why did the programmer choose to work with this contractor and his subcontractors? Figuring that out would reveal a lot.
Something that gets missed a bit in new building design is the concept of ‘the next occupant’ – what will they understand or not understand? Here is a good example from MIT where a previous office occupant installed a custom window opener in the pursuit of automated comfort, the current occupant figured out a work around, and now is trying to document the situation for future occupants.
Here is another one over at Green Building Advisor, Revisiting the Sunrise House in Fairbanks which details the second owner of Thorsten Chlupp’s experimental house. It’s behind a paywall unfortunately, but if you have the means GBA is really worth the subscription.
Kickstarter of the Week: Tiny Treehouses is a set of laser cut, intricate house models to liven up your house plant displays.