Archive for the ‘How to’ Category

Apr
0

Waxing Concrete

Here’s a quick video of how I finished our concrete floor with no sealer!

Oct
0

Barn Raising – Timelapse

Scott Miller received permission from this Amish community to document a traditional barn raising. He took one photo every 20 seconds via a timer remote on his camera totaling 1600 images. Scott photographed from 7 AM to 5 PM. Even with a lunch break, the amount of work completed over this 10 hour period is amazing!

Feb
0

The Nest Thermostat

Our thermostat died and man it was cold! I decided to install the ‘Nest’. It is beautifully crafted and easy to install and use. It connects to your wi-fi and will send you email reports, let you control it via your phone and more! Below is a quick video of the install and my impressions.

The Nest Thermostat from michael huber architects on Vimeo.

Nov
0

Podcast #37 – Spray Foam Insulation

Scott-GloweIt had been a while since my last video discussion with Scott Glowe of St Croix Insulation. We are specifying more and more spray foam insulation in our projects and thought it would be great to have a conversation with Scott about the product. Some off the things we discuss are:

-What is spray foam insulation?
-How does it compare to other types of insulation?
-How is it applied and in what applications?
-What are the costs and benefits of spray foam insulation?

Feel free to contact Scott through his website or via email at scott@stcroixinsulation.com
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Oct
0

Shoveling & Clean Water

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is a past Client and are experts in everything water. With winter on the way, they have put this video together on tips to keep salt and other pollutants out of our streams and rivers. Great information!

Apr
0

The Pallet Cabin

Solabode is “a company dedicated to the development and promotion of experimental building design for human occupation and use.” These guys are having fun trying out many different materials and ideas in shaping shelter. The video below shows them using wood pallets and other salvaged material to create a small, one-room cabin.

Building with Pallets from RKF on Vimeo.

Aug
0

Textile Design

I am fascinated by the people and processes relating to the ‘tools’ of my architectural trade. Heidi Winge Strom is a textile designer that strives to create a multi-sensorial experience of our environment through her work. It’s great to get some ‘behind the scenes’ video to hear and see the care Heidi has for textiles and how they can enhance our projects.

Heidi W. Strom / Textile Designer from Jérôme de Gerlache on Vimeo.

Jun
0

Yard Makeover -Construction

The Environmental Landscape Management crew are working hard to provide a ‘level playing field’ for our kids. Regrading work and the building of stone retaining walls are underway. Here is a quick video showing some of the progress.

Backyard Construction from michael huber architects on Vimeo.

May
0

DIY PhotoWall

I love looking at pictures on the computer or iPad but there is something special about an actual print. Here is an easy project to display some of your photos in a fun way.

Mar
0

The Art of Drawing

I’ll admit it. The one thing I could never do very well is draw people. Buildings, landscapes, no problem -but people… not so much. I don’t know if the human form is too complex or intimidating for me to capture so I am always amazed when someone can make it look easy. Take a look at this video of Dave de Leeuw making me envious.

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.

Dec
5

Installing Plywood Flooring

During the weekly parties (well, maybe now and then) we hold at our house, people always ask about the plywood flooring. We have used plywood on several projects with great results. It is inexpensive and comes in a variety of species. We installed it ourselves and so can you! Here is a quick video of how we did it in our home.