Archive for February, 2012

Feb
4

Twin Cities Remodel -Part 1

This is Part 1 of a series where we take a 1920’s era house and transform it into modern and fresh home for an old friend… not that we are old! Follow along (subscribe!) as we face many design, budget and construction decisions as well as navigate through the process of remodeling in an urban setting.

Feb
0

DIY Design – Coat Rack

DIY Design – Coat Rack

You always need some place to hang coats, hats, back packs, etc. in your entryway. Everything I saw had a traditional look or used the typical hooks and was frankly, uninspiring. Here is one I made using some scrap birch and walnut with some brass/steel rod. It was very simple to put together and has a clean, modern look. Click on the images to enlarge.

Feb
0

Buenos Aires Tour

Here is an amazing video showing a unique way to see the architecture of Buenos Aires. I don’t know how many hours this took to put together but what a fun ride!
Source: Black Sheep Films

Feb
0

Small Metal Gizmo’s

Artist Gary Schott utilizes his skills as a Metalsmith to create playful and beautiful mechanized objects. It is fun to see the simple made complex or the complex simplified in an artful way. Take a look for a quick smile!

Feb
0

Ink & Paper

This beautiful and poignant 9 minute film documents the passion and struggles of two small businesses in Los Angeles. Aardvark Letterpress and McManus & Morgan Paper are the last of their kind in a world forgetting about their craft. It is a powerful reminder to appreciate the history, skill and enthusiasm people have for their work. The film was Produced by Ben Proudfoot.

Feb
0

Podcast #32 -Let’s Talk Windows

Podcast #32 -Let’s Talk Windows


Today we speak with Bill Gautsche III of Pella Windows and Doors. Bill guides us in understanding what is important when selecting windows for your project. A few questions discussed include:
-What are the basic components that make up a quality window?
-What are the different types of windows?
-Clarify the difference of R-value versus U-value.
-What options are there for glass and what is important to be aware of?
-How are windows installed? New construction versus replacing existing units.
-What future technologies do you see related to windows?

Resources can be found at:
Pella and HERE for information and installation videos

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