Finding Experts to Execute Your Design
first thanks for all the help and guidance so far. A quick overview. I sketched out a home for the High Desert (92268… climate zone 3). Our temps fluctuate from the mid twenties to over 100 winter to summer. I passed my sketches on to an Designer with years of experience in the desert but I’m finding that without an architect, there’s no one in the system who can give me guidance on the specific construction details…I’m trying to build at least to a “Pretty Good House” standard. Martin’s book and Building Science Fight Club have been hugely inspiring. But when it comes time for pen to meet paper in a way the county will approve…I seem to be at a loss.
The designer has no experience with anything beyond minimum code requirements. The first SE I approached refused to call be back because I was asking for 24″ OC framing and the SE we settled on, while every energy conscious, is also very specific that they do not spend any time on details.
So my question is, how/where/who does one find someone who can intelligently react to requests for external insulation (called “overkill” by a potential builder on our last cabin) window details, etc. And ultimately provide drawings and strategy…I’m even working with some excellent Energy consultants who sized mini-splits, helped with make-up air on the Kitchen and all that stuff…but don’t think about specifying backer rod on windows, which I’d love to see in the plans I had to a builder.
Or should I just dummy up, get the plans approved and then talk through specifics with the builder when we’re standing out there in the middle of the desert? Is that what folks do?
This is when I realize I should have begun with an Architect who cared about this stuff.
I know there’s a detail library on the site, but so far I’ve had a hell of a time navigating it…and walls are like fingerprints, no two seem to be exactly the same. And while our downstairs: Lime Plaster, Drain and dry (or similar), Comfortboard 80, WRB, Sheathing, Closed Cell insulation between 2×6 studs, permeable barrier, service cavity, drywall…is not uncommon, I can seem to find it in the library.
But ultimately, is there an SOP for a designer/draftsman without Green Building knowledge, to weave details into plans? Where and when and how.
I know it’s a super rookie question…so I really appreciate the time.
thanks for any answers or insight.
GBA Detail Library
A collection of one thousand construction details organized by climate and house part