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farmhouse bootcamp

Our Smithouse contractors are working diligently to remove part of the original stone walls on the interior of the historic farmhouse to open up to a larger family / living area.  When it comes to 200-year (ahem -pound) granite, heavy-lifting is morning routine.  Are you bootcamp ready?

 

 

CarMic House on Green Building Advisor

Carri and Michael’s home renovation is being featured as a Guest Blog on Green Building Advisor!

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universal design on the gunpowder: framing and foam-free

The construction for the addition and renovation to our Gunpowder project is moving along quickly. Because the under slab Roxul mineral wool was a little difficult to source and had a longer lead time, our contractor got creative and “pre-installed” the StegoWrap vapor barrier to wrap under the sill plate.  We will go back and cut out the barrier to install slab insulation, tape back in the vapor barrier and pour the slab.

vapor barrier

Framing is 2×6 walls with 3/4″ plywood sheathing, fully taped to provide our primary air barrier.  We are then installing 1-1/2″ of Roxul mineral wool, Tyvek and then furring strips.  This has been a terrific learning experience as we work with the contractor and project lead to find economical, smart ways to create a foam-free, well-sealed healthy envelope.

mineral wool on walls

 

Most Resilient Concept Winner!

So thrilled that our team received the award for “Most Resilient Concept” at the bMORE Resilient Competition Reception last night!

Team: Carri Beer, Lili Mundroff, Michael Hindle, Jack Sullivan, Peter I. May Ph.D., Adam Ganser, and Katelin Posthuma.

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mainstreets: old (new) buildings + events + people

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I had the opportunity (and must admit great pleasure) to attend the Preservation Maryland Summer School this past Wednesday at the Frederick Douglass – Isaac Myers Maritime Museum in the heart of
Harbor East.  I must admit, though I love old buildings, I hardly imagined a day-long conference would turn out to be this much fun.  If you’re only thinking old timers,  buildings that have past their prime and in dire need of love and attention, you’re only seeing half of the picture.  Filled with professionals from all over the country, Preservation Maryland is truly opening a new interdisciplinary chapter.  This year’s focus on mainstreet revitalization got in depth on economic development, from fostering local cultural heritage – Berlin MD, Buffalo NY, to event programming as in Capital for a Day in  Brookeville, MD or pop-up shops in Renaissance Covington, KY.  And how does larger scale, mainstreet urban re-development directly relate to our special interest in residential architecture or even be considered interdisciplinary in nature?  The goal, and happily to say, success of Preservation Maryland, the National Trust along with Preservation Green Lab as well as the Maryland Historical Trust is engaging many disciplines from urban planning, architecture, preservation, business development, history and culture, sustainability, arts and tourism and many many more to underline the importance of cross-pollination.  Understanding these as nutrients for a healthy organism, one begins to see architecture and old buildings as a tapestry of social sustainability – with an overarching goal for engaging spaces, events, buildings…ultimately people.

Rob Brennan, President of AIA Baltimore on riots

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Spiritual Renewal

A loss of spirit blankets the Baltimore region today in the wake of the disturbing events yesterday. Protest is a welcomed affirmation of process that our government requires to continue to serve its citizens. Violence and destruction in the close confines of our urban environment can only polarize opinion and escalate a heavy response to restore order.

What suffers is the spirit of thousands of dedicated city supporters who choose to love the urban environment and all it offers. What suffers are the hundreds of civic groups that form our neighborhoods and organize and fund our community events. What suffers is our sense of oneness in the cause to make Baltimore the best place to live.

The people of Baltimore City inhabit a complex structure of buildings and urban space created over the past 250 years. This embodied energy has created the physical city that we know today. We value this historic gift as we restore, renew and build new. This interconnected armature is what supports the civic functions of a civil society. This is our place and our home. Baltimore’s built environment has so much potential to offer all its citizens.

As Architects and Urbanists, we recognize that good design influences quality of life. We seek to understand and interpret this moment and rededicate our effort to build the framework that supports the spirit of Baltimore City and its people.

Rob

Rob Brennan, AIA
President, AIABaltimore

Meg

Meg Fairfax Fielding
President, Baltimore Architecture Foundation

Read full message here: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=dd563f8c70061de1797896c0b&id=3a02f1038d

otterbein chic: drywall is up!

and it is starting to look like a livable house!
check out the details of this “in progress” project.

fine homebuilding: kitchen + baths 2012

the stay at home spa

We are very grateful to be featured in this year's Fine Homebuilding Kitchen + Bath issue for our addition and remodel of a home outside of Baltimore.  This issue is still out on newsstands, please grab your copy!

the VALUE of an Architect: Rob + Carri, October 17th

baltimore AIA Committee on the Environment Meeting + Presentation

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