Designing Church Multipurpose Rooms: 10 Things to Consider

April 29, 2011 by: Heimsath Architects Staff

This is Part 2 of a three part article.  If you would like to down load the entire article, see the link below! 4.  Flooring There are a number of different flooring types we have used in our multi-user spaces.  Each type has its advantages and disadvantages depending on what they uses are. VCT/Vinyl/Linoleum These tend to be the least expensive and most flexible, although some of the more select ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Fellowship Hall

Designing Church Multipurpose Halls: 10 Things to Consider

April 27, 2011 by: Heimsath Architects Staff

This is the First part of a three part Article on Church Multi-User spaces.  If you are interested in downloading the entire article, please see the link at the end. Cafetorium, Sanctatorium, Sanctunasium, Family Life Center, Hall… Multipurpose spaces of all types are very common elements in church design.  And why not? They make great first phase buildings, they allow you to fundraise from ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Fellowship Hall

McMansion Critique

April 21, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

  Just over five years ago, the Austin City Council took emergency action to create the McMansion ordinance, a sweeping new set of regulations governing single family and duplex construction.  I was concerned that homeowners would be subject to unprecedented complexity so I wrote a critique in the Good Life Magazine to share my misgivings.  I won't repeat the issues here, but the article takes a ... Read More

Codes & Permitting

Car2Go - A Reliable Alternative?

April 14, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

In a previous post, I documented my frustration when I tried to use the innovative Car2Go program.  Within hours of that post, a representative of Car2Go had me on the phone and arranged to deliver a new card within 24 hours.  Wow!  So, as I mentioned previously, I'm impressed with the concept of Car2Go, and I'm also impressed with the customer service.  Last week, I had a new opportunity to test ... Read More


Residential Design -- Trim Details

Much of what designates a home as modern style, craftsman style, victorian style, georgian style, etc. are the details--especially how the windows are treated, how the juncture where the wall meets the ceiling and where the wall meets the floor is treated, and how special items are done.  By the way, if you ever need a good book on this, pick up a copy of "A Field Guide to American Houses" by ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction / Sustainable Design

Energy Security and Energy Efficient Buildings

April 5, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

You will have an energy efficient building or building program in your future.  I'm not making a wild prediction here.  Not possible?  Think of the efficiencies in cars over the past 10 years.  Who would have predicted that we'd actually have cars that get 20, 30, even 50 miles a gallon?  Would you guess we'd have hybrids and electric cars? Or that gas would go to over $4.00 per gallon? Our ... Read More

Sustainable Design

Residential Construction --The Ties that Bind

  What is this?  A two-piece Hohmann and Barnard Masonry Tie! Why do I care?  Keep Reading! I am sure that most people look at a stone or brick facade and think not only of how aesthetically pleasing it is but how strong and stable masonry must be. Stone and brick are great materials for the exteriors of building—they require little or no maintenance, they are very durable, and the last forever. ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction / Architects and Construction / Codes & Permitting