Houses of the Future: The Clay House

The Clay House uses the twin concepts of a courtyard plan and the inherent mass of clay brick products to create an intimate and private house. The driving concept behind this design is that it can fit into a small block, and has high level of thermal comfort that doesn’t rely on artificial cooling and heating. The architectural design is an open plan centered around a “solarium”, an indoor-outdoor space that acts as both the […]

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Cracked/Split Wall Paneling?

My mother in law’s house has some old,thin cracked/split 3/16″ wall paneling in her 1963 brick house. It was damaged by Hurricane Gustav as the door blew open creating air pressure differential which cracked/split it in spots. IS THERE ANYTHING economical that can be done to repair it or replace it with some other type of wall paneling/board OTHER THAN SHEETROCK? She received estimates on sheetrocking the house and it is extremely expensive to undertake […]

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Water leak detection

Can anybody suggest a proven way for water leak detection, pertaining to roof leakage? Anybody ever use infrared technology to find leaks? — If you have an attic, look for stains.Or better yet, describe you building. — I’m in a two story detached “shoebox shaped” brick house with a flat sloping roof. Most of the water slides down to the rear into one standing gutter line. But water is in the front room wall of […]

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