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

Residential Green Building Design Tip -- Coaxing the Wind

August 5, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Given that is is August and Austin has hit 107 the last couple of days (not to mention over 100 for the past 19 days), I am not sure it will ever be used, but the new house has a couple of interesting features to help coax in a nice cool breeze. They probably work now, but that would basically turn the house into a convection oven... View of the house from the Southeast -- the direction of the ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction / Sustainable Design

Residential Design Tip -- Hearth and TV

July 20, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

We often run into the problem of how to place the fireplace and the TV in a family room or living room so that you can arrange the furniture to focus on both properly (This is even more complicated if there is a view). Judging by many of the houses we walk through--lots of people are working through this issue.  One solution is to pick either the hearth or the TV to focus on and let the other ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction

Residential Tip -- Saving your Bacon with Video

July 14, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Right before they began to close up the walls in our house, I walked through the house with my Flip video camera and captured almost every wall in video.  The 15 minute long clip with some incredibly dry commentary by yours truly is not going to the Cannes Film Festival anytime soon, but it has its uses.  When the drywall installers come through and cover the walls, they occasionally forget to ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Residential Design & Construction

Baptismal Fonts -- How, What, Where? -- Part 3

July 8, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Here is the final installment of the Baptismal Font Article!  Today we will look at codes and technical issues. CODE The code implication of a baptismal font (especially a full immersion font) can be very complicated depending on your jurisdiction.  The fact that it is a religious object may help you escape some code implications, but keep in mind that the code regulations have thought and ... Read More

Worship Space / Church Design & Construction / Liturgical Arts / Building Codes / Architects and Construction / Design Process

Baptismal Fonts -- How, What, Where? -- Part 2

July 1, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Here is Part 2 of 3 the the posts on Baptismal Font Design.  Previously we looked at Type, today we look at Location. LOCATION One of the main determinations of location is the logistics of getting people to and from the font.  Also, since baptism of a person is actually a community event, you need to make sure the congregation can see the ceremony (though you also need to consider what can be ... Read More

Worship Space / Church Design & Construction / Liturgical Arts / Building Codes / Architects and Construction / Design Process

Baptismal Fonts -- How, What, Where? -- Part 1

June 24, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

The following is part one of a three-part blog post on baptismal fonts wherein I will look at various technical and design issues.  A companion blog post, written by Ben Heimsath, will delve more into the liturgical aspects of baptism and how they relate to the overall space. I truly enjoy designing religious spaces (churches, temples, worship spaces, sanctuaries, chapels, prayer spaces, etc.), ... Read More

Worship Space / Church Design & Construction / Liturgical Arts / Architects and Construction / Design Process

Residential Design: Solar Shade Studies

May 29, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Real vs. Study Shot of the Solar Shading on May 28 at 3:00      Part of designing green buildings, whether it be residential design or commercial design, is properly shading the windows so that you let the sun's heat in when you want it and block it when you don't.  Fortunately (or not, as we have already hit 100° this summer), in the Texas climate, it is mostly a battle to shade the windows.   ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction / Architects and Construction / Sustainable Design

Residential Design -- The Difference a Truss Makes

May 22, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Residential Design:  The Difference a Truss Makes The two in-progress shots show the great room before and after the trusses were added.  The first shot is a much more modern open space; however, that was not the look we were going for in this particular house.  The second shot shows how the trusses make a more intimate space, without lessening the volume and connection to the second floor. When ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction

Designing Church Multipurpose Spaces: 10 Things to Consider -- Part3

May 6, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Here is the final part of the three part article on Church Multipurpose Rooms.  Please see the link at the bottom to download the entire article as a PDF. 7.  Stages and Platforms Whether it is a platform designed for your praise and worship team, a small recessed stage for youth plays (maybe even doubling as a classroom in a pinch), or a temporary platform to give a speaker a little height, ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Fellowship Hall