Sep 16, 2016

When Is It Too Cold To Build A House?

Years ago, before I'd thought of Architecture as a career, I worked a bit as a construction laborer and framing carpenter.

Some days, working outside was great fun for an 18-year old (read:summertime).

I learned a lot about construction those two years, including the fact that construction doesn't only happen on sunny, warm, summer days.

They expected me to work in the winter, too.  Outside. In the cold.

Fortunately here in central Ohio, winter doesn't really kick in hard until after the first of the year. That's when we sometimes get long periods of below-freezing temperatures.

The harsh weather often makes it difficult to build - but when does it become impossible?

Aug 17, 2016

When Is The Design "Done"?

This spectacular new home we designed on the Muirfield Village Golf Course is coming along nicely.

Like all homes of this complexity and caliber, the design process continues right through construction, with adjustments here and there as the house takes shape.

And for me, that's one of the most exciting parts of the process.

The fine-tuning of a house under construction is an important - critical, maybe - phase of the design process.  It's a team effort, with the Architect, Owner, Interior Designer, and Builder all on the site together.

For the Owner, it's often an "aha" moment - walking through and touching the actual house is a different experience from seeing the drawings, sketches and models we produce throughout the earlier phases of the design process.

Jul 14, 2016

Proper Proportion: A Trick of the Trade

If you're a house junkie like me, watching the home shows, reading the home magazines, and looking at houses wherever you go, then you've seen good houses and not so good houses.

You've seen charming homes that seem perfectly settled; you've seen houses that seem "complete" - like there's nothing you could do to make them any better.

And you've seen houses that look a  Houses that look like something's missing, or like something's not in the right place.  Maybe the roof seems a little too tall, maybe the windows seem a little too wide.

And maybe you've wondered - are there tried and true ways to help assure that a house design will look "just right"?

Indeed there are, and one of those ways is to design using correct proportions.

Jun 29, 2016

Under Construction: A Weekend Cottage In The Hills

The owner of this little cottage, under construction in the Hocking Hills region of south-central Ohio, told me today that he "wants to build another one"..."this is fun!", he said.

I think I know what he's talking about, it's the thrill of seeing a design jump off of the drawings, of watching an idea come to life.  It's knowing that it's finally real.

Jun 27, 2016

We've Made A Few Small Changes to Knock Knock!

Thanks so much for taking time to read our newsletter, "Knock Knock", and our blog, "Sense Of Place", we do greatly appreciate your support!

We're making things simpler for you (and frankly, for us!) by combining both into one blog. We're keeping the name "Knock Knock" and hope you'll continue to read and comment!



Need expert Residential Architectural advice for your new home or remodeling project? Contact Richard Taylor, AIA at RTA Studio Architects to arrange a meeting or an online consultation.

Jun 25, 2016

Good Design = Energy Efficiency

If you’re not yet giving much thought to how much energy your new house is going to use, and how much it’s going to waste, then it’s time you started.

It should be one of your top priorities – if for no other reason than your own pocketbook.

Energy used for heating and cooling homes is going to continue to get more expensive and as we’ve seen recently, world politics can quickly and dramatically affect your access to cheap energy.

Saving energy isn't just about saving money, however - it's also an important part of good design.

A Little History

This isn’t the first energy crunch we’ve had. In the 1970’s – when I was a college student studying Environmental Design – world events conspired to create an American energy crisis. It was an interesting time to study Architecture, because the buildings we designed were required to respond to the environment – to use natural energy sources as much as possible.