Sun Charts Helps Determine a House’s Orientation

Latvia Is Almost the Land of the Midnight Sun. These sun path diagrams and sun graphs show that. One of the first things I do when designing a house is a site analysis. This is a study of the local conditions, including the slope of the land, site features, views, the...
Soldier Course: Word of the Week

Soldier Course: Word of the Week

A soldier course is a row of bricks laid vertically with the long narrow side of the brick exposed. You’ll often see the soldier course around a door or window as way to accentuate the trim and define the transition between wall and opening. Or it can act as the transition between two materials, as seen in the picture.

Select the Right House Plan

Select the Right House Plan

With thousands of plans available on-line or through house plan books, how can I pick the right one? The shear number of choices makes this a tough task. And even if you are choosing among four or five models and plans in a builder’s development, the choice can still...