Brennan + Company Architects

(410) 313-8310
brennanarch.com

Services Provided
Architecture, Architectural Design, Interiors, Interior FInishes

Areas Served
Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis areas.

Business Description
We promote Elegant, Thoughtful, Historic & Sustainable Design.

brennan+company architects is a 27-year-old, 3 person open-studio, collaborative firm housed in an historic 1840 sustainably renovated building on Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland. We specialize in beautiful and smart community buildings and residences, both new and renovated. We promote building preservation and reuse as critical to sense of place and create holistic sustainable environments for healthy and efficient living.

We are committed to quality solutions by way of collaborative and creative design process. We begin with the client's requested requirements, budget and design spirit to create an imaginative and thoughtful conceptual response. The design develops through an ongoing review process with the client, culminating in the details and specifications necessary for bid and construction. We monitor the client's budget during the design process by submitting the project to the contractors for pricing, prior to preparing drawings for bid and construction. The result is a richly detailed and described project, one that takes into consideration history, proportion, scale, appropriateness, environmental impact and affordability.
Anne Arundel County's Full
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8333 main street, second floor,
Ellicott City, Maryland,
United States, 21043 
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Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home Full Story
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woozy99
That house has a 1.5 ton AC system, attached to the electric company!

It certainly isn't anything like the passive-house you described. Even the net-zero houses located in the Austin area have either grid-tied electricity, or very expensive solar systems combined with high-cost building techniques.

If a person is interested in solar or wind power in a hot area, I would recommend spending some time on a forum like Arizona Wind-Sun for a financial reality check. The technology is coming to make AC-from-solar cost effective, but we aren't there yet.
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I live on a farm in the middle of the woods far away from a lot of public conveniences like paved roads, trash pickup, mail delivery, cable/dsl/dialup internet, city water, city sewage, etc. The house is very old and has no insulation in the exterior walls so the energy consumption is high. We did reduce our usage by replacing our 40 year old air conditioning system that was failing and drawing more and more power with little effect.
One of the drawbacks of having our own pump and well system is that it requires electricity. For some reason the power goes out rather frequently and there have been times when downed trees across the lines have blocked the road and we were stranded out here without electricity and running water. We tend to keep buckets outside to catch rainwater to be able to flush toilets in such events, but there are times when there is not enough water if the power stays out long enough. We've had problems with our backup generators not working because of mice getting in to them or other issues. We do need to improve the backup systems, but we are looking in to getting solar power and get off the electric grid from our lame power company (on the occasions when were were stranded we ended up having to call the local sheriff to have them contact the power company because there was no way to get through to a live person to tell them where the tree was and that it was blocking our egress). They actually tack on an extra $100 fee because we have high power use. The poor insulation is a problem that we do need to address (all of the windows should probably be replaced).
We are looking for the most economical solution to provide power so we don't have to worry about constantly losing power during rain storms or when a hunter shoots a power line or randomly no apparent reason. The power surges actually fried some of our lines and were causing our power usage to spike. It fried circuits inside the meter box (which the power company claimed was our responsibility to have fixed-- along with fried lines before the power box-- our power company sucks).
I will not pretend I am trying to be eco friendly in any way. I just want to not have my power keep going off all the time.
Any suggestions (other than moving?)
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Why You Might Want to Build a House of Straw

Straw bales are cheap, easy to find and DIY-friendly. Get the basics on building with this renewable, ecofriendly material Full Story
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ok. I genuinely thought my comment was fairly innocuous. Sorry to have apparently offended you. I certainly did not mean to say that you should not question things at all, nor do I think I was attacking anyone (certainly not you) for doing so. I'm not really sure what else to say.

I think this comment thread is probably getting a bit unproductive, and I definitely did not expect such emotional responses from both sides of the conversation. Let's try to keep on topic, which I think we all agree are the facts surrounding straw bale construction as a building method.

As with any construction method, and as I have encouraged in all of my Houzz articles, knowing more about your house can only benefit you. So it IS good to think about all of the things that worry you. And it IS good to get multiple professional opinions from several appropriate experts.

The final thing I'll mention is just reiterate that loose straw is a very different thing (with different material properties) than dried and compressed straw bales. Let's try to keep the comments to the bales, if that's ok with everyone.

Thanks, and, again... no offense was intended toward anyone. Happy Houzz reading to all.
-Mariana
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I just found a resource for people in the British Isles for strawbale workshops - it's from a 1997 article in the British "Country Living" magazine .
I quote the article - " Barbara Jones , of Amazon Nails , an all-women building firm in Yorkshire , proved that a simple two-bedroom bungalow could be erected in a few days using only natural materials with the bales pinned in place with hazel rods[branches] and reclaimed wood for doors and window frames . Interiors are plastered with a lime-based render . The result is a well-insulated , low-fire risk home . "
The Center for AlternativeTechnology , Machynlleth , Powys SY20 9AZ (01654-702400) runs
strawbale building courses .
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This wall has shelves on the toilet side for extra toilet paper, etc.
April 7, 2014 at 6:36am     
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This bedspread was provided by owner, source unknown.
April 7, 2014 at 6:35am   
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Can you share the specs for the towel warmer please?
April 2, 2014 at 11:11am   
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The towel warmer is an OmniPanel by Runtal
April 3, 2014 at 9:43am   
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This is a custom designed bamboo vanity which we then had fabricated by a local shop.
April 1, 2014 at 8:49am   
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I believe it is from the Kohler Memoirs collection to match the toilet and lavatory.
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Thank you for the link; but the one in the picture doesn't match the one on the kohler site. There's another bar around the paper on the site.
April 1, 2014 at 2:35pm   
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Sorry, we don't have this information readily available.
March 28, 2014 at 6:41am   
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This mirror was purchased by the owner. Likely from IKEA.
March 25, 2014 at 6:49am   
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It is a fiberglass shingle roof.
March 24, 2014 at 7:36am   
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Marvin Windows, standard color.
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Nice selections!
March 25, 2014 at 7:17pm   
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It would be best to contact the manufacturer, PaperStone, directly for this type of information.
March 24, 2014 at 7:34am   
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How to Harvest Rainwater for Your Garden

Conserve a vital resource and save money by collecting stormwater for irrigation in a barrel or tank Full Story
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I very happily installed an old olive oil barrel under a downspout of my garage. I was raised so I would have pressure, had an overflow and a tap at the bottom, all ready! After a month of using my beautiful barrel on assorted veggies and house plants the turned yellow and died..... Unfortunately I then realize that my neighbor's black walnut tree overhangs my roof, so that even though it was at least 20 foot away there was enough detritus to make the water tea colored. My poor plants watered with black walnut tree juice, sigh..
Moved the barrel to my house roof and all is good now.
You should check out Bermuda if you want to see interesting water collection. Every house is required to have a collection system and large cisterns. It gives the whole island a unique appearance.
I believe the roofs are made of limestone and they have been collecting rain water for 400 years! Check out this video it has lots of information and some great photos.
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Interesting comment about Bermuda chocolizard.
Here in Queensland it has been legislated that every new house has to have a rainwater tank attached to the house when it is built.
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Grow a Beautiful Garden With Ecofriendly Greywater

Reducing home water waste means lower bills and a healthier planet. Here's how to set up a greywater home irrigation system that can help Full Story
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So glad people are using grey water. My dad used washing machine and kitchen sink water to water his yard 60 years ago.
March 27, 2014 at 7:06pm     
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We're big fans of grey water in the drought southwest, but last summer I killed off a bunch of well-established shade bushes when my hose from the washer was in my side yard and the water was too hot. It burned the roots of my plants and I've had to start over! now I use it to green up the local grass we can't seem to get rid of. For years, I've had a hose off my air conditioner as well to drip into my sweet potato vines.
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