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222 Ideabooks by Bud Dietrich, AIA
Reflect on This: 6 Waterside Homes Gaze in the Looking Glass
Mirrored in realistic detail or artfully impressionist, these houses connect to their sites and convey double the majesty
There's this story about the building of the Taj Mahal. It seems that Shah Jahan not only built a white palace for Mumtaz Mahal, but he also was building a black one as his final resting place. As the story goes, construction of the black one stopped...
Plan Your Home Remodel: The Interior Renovation Phase
Renovation Diary, Part 4: Peek in as the team opens a '70s ranch home to a water view, experiments with paint and chooses tile
Follow the progress of Mike and Leann Rowe of Lutz, Florida, as they renovate a 1970s-era ranch house in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Over the past few months, we've shown how they found...
It wraps around a building, not your pants, providing structure and sometimes playfulness to a home exterior's design
In architecture a belt line is a horizontal exterior trim element that wraps around a building. The belt line helps organize a home design's exterior into zones and creates a reference line for the placement of windows and other architectural elements. While...
Home Building: The Case for Cautious Optimism
Question: What do you get when you put the chairman of the Federal Reserve and a few thousand home builders in the same room? Answer: A strong sense that there still are a whole lot of gray clouds, but some silver linings beginning to peek...
A cabinet is essentially a six-sided box that has two sides plus a top, bottom, back and front. A face frame is typically the front of a framed cabinet and is attached to the cabinet carcass (top, bottom, sides and back). A face frame provides strength...
A water table is an architectural element at the base of a building; its purpose is to direct water away from the building's foundation. A water table is typically curved or has a similar shape that enables it to direct water away. A water table...
An oculus was originally a round opening at the center of a dome designed to bring light from above into a space. The most famous oculus is at the Pantheon in Rome. Since then "oculus" also has come to mean any round opening in a ceiling. One of the...
It Takes a Village: 2 Homes Made of Multiple Structures
Separate buildings join in style and intention in these home bases, showing that sometimes more is just right
While most people want to build a home that is all under one roof, there are times when building the home as a series of connected or freestanding pavilions is desirable. Maybe the home serves multiple generations or must accommodate an ever-changing...
Where a home is set can drive its design, whether the design stays in tune with the setting or strikes a contrasting note
No home exists without a context, which is simply the surrounding setting. The context can be urban, suburban, rural, mountainous, prairie or some other kind of environment. In many ways the context for a home can drive the overall design approach....
A piloti is a particular type of thin column that supports a building by lifting the building above the ground plane. A building constructed using pilotis tends to be visually light and have a transient quality, because the pilotis lift up the main architectural...
What's the Big Idea? In Architecture, It's the Parti Pris
Learn about the concept of this guiding principle in design to make sure you and your architect share the same vision
The term "parti pris," usually shortened to "parti," literally translates as "departure point," but in architect lingo it most often refers to...
Architect Lingo Decoded for the Average Homeowner
Baffled by your architect's mention of using BIM to show the spatial organization of your home remodel? Get a clue here
As with any profession, architecture has its own jargon — words even the most experienced layperson may not understand. Here are a few translations. And believe me, there could be a lot more.
Saving Grace: Reconstruction Rescues a Michigan Barn
Working-farm rustic goes stylishly modern, thanks to the loving reinvention efforts of a determined homeowner
One of the first pieces I wrote for Houzz had to do with my love of barns. Barns are just wonderful structures. A renovated barn is old and full...
An oriel, or oriel window, is a type of bay window that is located at an upper floor of a building. An oriel projects from and is attached...