Archive for the ‘Small Building Design’ Category


Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Modeling the slate layup for the round barn project… 3 different pitches, 4 random slate sizes. Good fun. slatemockup



On the Screen

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Some recent work that is on the screen.
A barn for a cider maker in Oregon:


A concept sketch for an open air market hall:



A timber frame porch for a good friend:


Recent Snaps

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Some recent (and not so recent) detail shots from a few job sites I visited this spring. Lovely work by some architects and builders I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Its quite nice to be involved in projects with so much attention to detail and real materials, even if my part is quite small.

Recent Design Work

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

A garage in Lake George, NY, nearing final engineering. Detailed production drawings for a couple of pavilions. And a proposal for a small outdoor shelter.

Construction Details

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

New project taken from start to finish in SketchUp and LayOut. Construction details were a pleasure to model and annotate – and I’ve gotten comments that this has been an easy (and simple) set of drawings to work with and understand. I had the pleasure of working with the esteemed Fire Tower Engineered Timber on this project.

SketchUp + Layout

Sunday, March 7th, 2010


Taking a project from concept to presentation using SketchUp and LayOut. After some stumbles, some test plots and some thought about work flow – I have to say I’m happy with the results. These float somewhere between traditional CAD drawings and hand work – and I love being able to add some color and 3D elements to otherwise lifeless building section details. I published these to a PDF set of drawings and tuned the textures, line weights, and fonts to work as color or black and white prints. Full size is 24×36 – and these are JPGs from PDFs.






A Small Office

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

A project on the boards for a small office located in Brecksville, Ohio. The building is sited in a flood plain and overlooks a wonderful creek – so we will be creative with the landscaping and what will appear to be a massive native stone foundation. I’m working out a timbered deck for the creek side of the building, and we are discussing solar on the south roof. The building will feature a timber frame core and loft with a series of work rooms under timber trusses. We’re planning a SIP roof and conventionally framed walls with cellulose insultation. Lots of stone and wood on the exterior and a collection of built in furniture and work stations throughout.

I’m working through the bulk of the project in SketchUp in an attempt to integrate as much of the drawing and detailing as I can into the live 3d model of the frame and shell.