Church Kitchens and Accessibility - 5 Issues to Consider

October 23, 2015 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Accessibility issues can be particularly complicated and challenging for churches.  When it comes to church kitchens and accessibility, there are a surprising number of gray areas in applying building codes and permitting requirements.  Here are five issues that need to be considered early in the planning of your kitchen:   Volunteers are not Employees and not all that goes on in a Church Kitchen ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / building codes / Codes & Permitting

Successful Stained Glass Back-Lighting

October 7, 2015 by: Eric Mac Inerney

In the past, stained glass back-lighting has been quite difficult.  The fluorescent and incandescent light sources we had to work with created heat, were hard to access, and had color issues.  The stained glass never looked good compared to the natural lighting provided by sunlight.  However there are some new LED solutions that are making it much easier to have a beautiful installation without ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Liturgical Arts / Technology

Residential Tip -- Houzz.com

November 26, 2012 by: Eric Mac Inerney

If you are thinking about remodeling or building a home, you ought to give Houzz.com a try.  It is a repository of 800,000+ pictures that various people have uploaded to the site.  With this you can browse and find spaces you like and create idea books that you can share.  One of our recent clients used this a lot both to help her understand what she wanted and to communicate this infromation to ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction / Technology

Church Design -- Church Lighting Control

June 16, 2012 by: Eric Mac Inerney

More and more we see our church clients wanting lighting control to highlight areas of the worship space.  It could be that they want to have a different set of lights to highlight the baptism, it could be that at times they want to light up of the choir area, or maybe they want to have a dim the lights and just have light shining on the pulpit.   Traditionally this is done in one of two ways; ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Technology / Fellowship Hall

Residential Solar Panels -- A First Report

April 9, 2012 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Solar Panels on the Front roof Area There is a 5.76 KW solar array on the Purple Heron House.  Given that the house is a 5-star rated (or will be when Autsin Green Building finishes its process), we looked into Solar as a way to make the house even more effiecient (with the current efficiencies of the solar panels, it is usually better to conserve first and then look to generation).  At the time ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction / Technology / Architects and Construction / Sustainable Design

LED Lighting Comparison -- Using It NOW!!

December 11, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

LED lighting is improving in comparison to other technologies.  When we consider light output, color temperature, and color rendering, the LED lights are an equal or better choice (if you don't know these terms, here's a link to my article on lighting technology).  It is well past the time where this is really newsworthy, but I would like to share some of the latest ways we have successfully ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Residential Design & Construction / Sustainable Design

Curved Wrought Iron Fence -- Residential Design Tips

September 30, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

We went to my parents house for dinner and a swim. While the kids were in the pool (Grandma and Karen were watching them), I went down looked at the new fence my Dad is having built (he would have made a good architect) and thought I would share it.  As you may know, code requires a fence around a pool to keep random people (especially young kids) from getting to the pool and accidentally falling ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction / builidng codes

Residential Acoustics & Soundproofing -- Residential Design Tip

September 25, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

You don’t hear (pun intended) much about residential acoustics unless you are talking about houses in airport flight paths or along busy highways.  However, during a recent interview for the Chicago Tribune, I starting thinking about sharing what we know about sound issues in residences.    Even if you don’t have offensive noise generation outside of your house, it is entirely possible you may ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction

Residential Green Building Tip -- Hot Water

August 20, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Here is the latest video blog post I did with Matt Risinger.  This time we are discussing hot water systems for residential construction.  In this post we talk about using an AO Smith Vertex tank heater versus a tankless water heater and using a demand pump and a trunk line system for hot water delivery.   Read More

Residential Design & Construction / Sustainable Design

Residential Green Building Tip -- HVAC and Dehumidification

August 16, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Here is a video Matt Risinger and I shot for his video blog on Residential Green Building.  In this video we are looking at using as separate dehumidification unit to help control humidity and thus use the house AC units more efficiently. Here is a link to his blog.  He has lots of really useful information here--and if you look carefully, you can see more of me as well! Risinger Blog Read More

Austin / Residential Design & Construction / Sustainable Design