If you want to build a high-performance home on a limited budget, and you want to do it right the first time, your best bet is to keep it simple. This month, using some real-world examples, we’re going to show you exactly why this cliché is so pertinent to home building.
Pete likes to “stick shit on” buildings
I don’t think things get much simpler than Mr. Potato Head. Sure, it’s a toy, but just like houses there are simple toys and complicated toys. When a child decides to play with Mr. Potato Head, the activity is straightforward, they start with his simple form and stick shit on it.
What does this have to do with building? Let’s look at this example, from Rob Myer’s project posted on GBA:
That is a very different from this:
There is a nice over-roof to get great R-value in this cathedral roof timber frame, but the through-beams moving from inside to outside the building are big thermal bridges, as well as conduits for both moisture and air movement due to the difficulty in air sealing in those locations.
This timber frame…