Historic Renovation of a Country Inn: 15 Tips - Part One

November 29, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

The Zapp Building in this historic photo was already a landmark. In 2003, Maryann and Clovis Heimsath transformed the historic Zapp Building on the square in Fayetteville Texas.  The 100 year-old structure was given a complete historic renovation to better accommodate the Country Place Hotel.  Clovis and Maryann recently reflected on their accomplishments and came up with some of the biggest ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / builidng codes / Historic Preservation

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

Building Permits and Development Codes: "Why Do I Need A Permit?"

February 22, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

  "How I stopped hating the permitting process and learned to live with building permits and develoment codes."  I've given a lecture with this title several times to graduate school planners and even to a law school class.  This entry will begin a series of articles on how to deal constructively with the impossibly complex codes and the equally confounding permits needed to meet them.   Let's ... Read More

building permits / builidng codes / Codes & Permitting