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You can huff and you can puff, but you won't blow MY house down

I'm looking to build a ~1200 square foot house in west central Florida. It seems like modular construction (specifically Palm Harbor Homes) is a good option. They claim that due to the home having to be transported from the factory to the site, it has to be built better / to a higher standard than site-built construction, which is especially beneficial in a hurricane-prone area. Do you have any experience or opinion about modular construction? Particularly experience with Palm Harbor, but experience with other modular builders also welcome. [more inside]
posted by storminator7 on Aug 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Grad student, thinking of becoming Rental Agent for LL, or Buyer

Greetings! My LLs are about 85 and seem to be over being LLs. There are 11 units in my building, 3 of which were rented for the year, we had a 4th tenant but she moved out the 4th month. I secured all of these tenants. My LLs obviously could have made a lot more money if they rented all the units. I can easily get tenants and have no problem doing so, the only obstacle is the LLs, they do not get back to emails and lose many of the renters I get (I show them the unit and it takes the LL 2 weeks to email back). [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on May 17, 2014 - 12 answers

What constitutes a basement bedroom (for egress purposes)

Do I need an egress window in a basement bedroom that has no door? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on May 10, 2014 - 14 answers

I want to rebuild my grandparents' house... in miniature

I have a deeply nostalgic love for my grandparents' former home, a generic but beloved split level they lived in from the 1950s to mid 2000s. As an artist and crafter with an obsessive love for details, I have long noodled with the idea of making an incredibly accurate recreation of the house in miniature... but I struggle with where to start. Architectural models, dollhouses? What is the best route forward? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Apr 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Production Home Help Needed

My husband and I are thinking about having a home built -- a production home -- in one of the many subdivisions in our growing area. We have purchased a home before (and sold it later; not in our current area) but it was older and had been flipped. What do we need to know about the production home process? [more inside]
posted by danielle the bee on Mar 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Cob houses and dust mite allergies?

My husband and I are interested in building a low-cost house (in India, where we live). We've been researching building materials/technologies and cob is something that interested us. But we aren't sure whether cob houses might be prone to getting dusty (in particular, dust-mitey) and set off my allergies. [more inside]
posted by miaow on Dec 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Is there anything out there like a small pre-made deck I can buy?

Basically I have a very tiny tiny yard behind my place. It gets no sun and there's green carpet there now. One of my thoughts was to make a little 3x3 or so deck to put a couple of chairs on it. But rather than have someone build it, I was wondering if there's anything like a little pre-made, pre-treated deck - like shipping pallets or something only not awful - that anyone sells. It'll save me sawing off a finger or hiring a handyman or filling out permits. And I'd rather not do way too much for something so little.
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 29, 2013 - 10 answers

You know, other than spending my entire next paycheck at Ikea.....

Ok, so I recently purchased a pullup cage/station. You know, includes a side for dips, a pullup bar, etc. and is one large metal structure put together with nuts and bolts. Anyway, I think I enjoyed putting the darn thing together even more than I will using it. What other projects/hobbies can I work on/build/create using a tool box, wrench, other hardware type stuff etc. in my small to medium sized apartment that won't lose me my security deposit?
posted by sendai sleep master on Nov 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Patent protection: what should I do first?

I have a design for a new construction product, and I'd like to protect my interest in it while I develop and try to sell it. I know very little about searching patents, but my casual searches haven't found any prior art. What should my first steps be? I'm in Australia, but I have family and funds in the USA so I could probably file a patent in either country.
posted by Joe in Australia on Oct 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Ideas and advice for a DIY electric bike on the cheap.

For a long time I've thought that it would be a fun project to put together an electric bicycle. However I've been stymied by the cost and questionable quality of the existing kits, and the complications and compromises of the various DIY methods that are out there online. I have some ideas for how to go about making a cheap and simple electric bike, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm nobody's idea of an engineer so I thought I'd run some things by y'all and see what insights you have. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Help! I'm surrounded by books!

What kind of professional do I need to hire to build me affordable bookshelves? [more inside]
posted by cheerwine on Oct 24, 2013 - 7 answers

House building advice?

The Mrs. and I are planning to build a house next year on some land that we bought recently. What should we know about house building before undertaking this massive endeavor? [more inside]
posted by LouMac on Oct 16, 2013 - 23 answers

Help me figure out how old this sign is?

Approximately how old is this sign, and what font is it? The stucco facade could date from as early as the 1920s, but the lettering on the signs looks to my untrained eye to be from the 70s or later.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Sep 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Look ma, no walls!

Where can I find more pictures of houses "without" walls like the ones in this link? Also, it would be awesome if I could get some names of architects that share a similar style.
posted by pakoothefakoo on Sep 5, 2013 - 9 answers

What do tween builders build?

What did your Lego-loving builder move on to when he'd outgrown Lego? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Aug 30, 2013 - 32 answers

How to easily build a Lucy Van Pelt advice stand/desk?

I'm going to be a regular for a friend's live show once a month. My "schtick" is to be a Lucy-esque sidekick to her as a host. The stage is small and I will be transporting it in a car. Any suggestions on how to build something low maintenance and portable? It doesn't have to be fancy or complex, I just have no idea where to start in terms of materials and potential construction ideas. TIA!
posted by patientpatient on Aug 15, 2013 - 11 answers

The relative safety of large buildings during massive earthquakes

How many people during the Tohoku 3/11 earthquake actually died from the earthquake itself, and not the tsunami? Also subtract elderly heart attacks, people being fatally crushed under bookshelves/the like, and the collapse of rickety old traditional houses that would have been knocked out during a smaller quake too. [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

EPS (expanded polystyrene) building cladding. Any advice welcome.

Orange Board is a "fully compliant insulated cladding system". Basically, it's sheets of a foam-like plastic material that gets covered with mesh and stucco / render to serve as the external skin of buildings. I'd like to know how this or similar cladding systems compare to traditional building materials, particularly single-brick (brick veneer) and concrete. How does the longevity compare? Energy efficiency? How easy is it to restore the surface, and how often would it be necessary? I'd be happy for any information people can provide.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jul 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Deck Design Demands Deliberation

Details: I am making a low deck/platform to sit inside a screen tent. This is to be a fun summer sleeping tent for my daughter and her friends. Some moderately challenging requirements inside... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jun 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Fellow Mefi architects, am I nuts?

I'm considering going into Architecture. Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on May 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Is anyone familiar with 90 Second Web Builder?

Has anyone used it or does anyone know anything about its functionality? [more inside]
posted by fruitopia on May 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Please identify this structure?

Help me find the name of this building or whatever it is! [more inside]
posted by dozo on Apr 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Hitting the basics.

Suppose you live in an area where everyone has a cell phone and almost nobody uses the internet. What kinds of tech would help lots of small and medium businesses in your area? [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on Apr 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Neighbor rebuilding shared fence--do I have any responsibility?

My neighbor has expressed a desire to rebuild the wooden fence between our houses. We share one side of the fence with her, and it's definitely in need of repair--warped boards, aging, etc. Should she be fully responsible for paying for the fence, since it was her idea to fix it? Or should we contribute some money since we share one side of the fence? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Apr 2, 2013 - 36 answers

Time-lapse camera automation

What's the easiest way to set up a time-lapse camera that takes a picture at regular intervals over the course of many months (and possibly years)? [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Apr 1, 2013 - 12 answers

How to become friends with my ex while I'm still working out my feelings

How do I stay in loose, friendly, honest contact with my ex (from a short relationship) to build a friendship while I still have some residual feelings for him? I know we are only friends now, and I want to respect my boundaries and also his. There's no chance we'll see each other in person for a long time, so this is all about communication and not about sex. [more inside]
posted by zettoo on Mar 14, 2013 - 18 answers

How can I find information about a building?

I have been obsessed with this building in Alexandria, Virginia for years. I want to know more about it - who designed it, when it was built, past tenants, and so forth. Should there be public records available somewhere and if so, where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Feb 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Building a house to accommodate pain and disability

Everything I do, all day, every day, hurts. The more I do things that are painful, the more the pain snowballs. We're going to build a house that we hope will help reduce the accumulation of pain, and maybe even let me recover a little. Help me make sure I'm covering all the bases in house design accommodations. [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Feb 13, 2013 - 35 answers

Where to buy a website template?

Where can I buy a fully functional working website template for my business with all rights. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Whats the most famous example of Western architecture? In fiction?

I was reading an introduction to "The Tale of Genji," and I was struck by the claim that Genji's manor is the most well known example of the architecture of the time, even though it never existed. Are there any corollaries in the West? Elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by matkline on Jan 23, 2013 - 14 answers

traveling and making things

Please help me find creative outlets that don't require living in one place or computer screen time, that aren't repetitive, and that pack small. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Dec 16, 2012 - 22 answers

I'm already a land baroness.

Do I want to become a landlady? I have reached the point I've been working toward since I bought my house. I want to build a garage in my big back yard, and/or build a rental unit. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Dec 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Can you help me identify this building?

Can you help me identify this building? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Make Master Make Me a Maker

I have come into an ok amount of free time and I would like to throw myself into the world of being a "maker". [more inside]
posted by sendai sleep master on Nov 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Build a tiny greenhouse--how?

Sandy destroyed my little greenhouse. Can you help me use what's left to build new shelters for my seedlings? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Nov 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Kilo-What?

In my flat here in the UK I have four electric storage heaters that are kaput. What electric heating should I replace them with? [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Oct 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Am I an architect and my mind forgot to inform me?

Pseudo scientists, humor me: What does it mean/say about me that I dream about buildings? [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Oct 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Building a carrer

So let me explain my situation, I'm a junior in high school, almost 17, and am starting to think about the future. I have found my passion, building. I'm taking a shop class, and I freaking LOVE it. I used to be at the top of my class, and then I started doing very bad in high school, not sure what happened. It became like a confidence spiral where I wouldn't do something cause it was hard (laziness), get behind, miss more, etc etc. Fast forward 2 years. I took shop, where I became good friends with the teacher, have 100% in it, make amazing things, and absolutely love it. I only have it every other day, and its all I look forward to. I think it's what I would like to do for the rest of my life. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Oct 4, 2012 - 37 answers

I am also open to bids from local roofing companies.

I need help with sourcing unusual building materials for my DIY doghouse that looks like my ridiculous-looking house. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Sep 28, 2012 - 21 answers

How to start planning building on empty land?

How do I get started building a small house on my (potentially difficultly zoned) empty land on the south coast of NSW? [more inside]
posted by trialex on Sep 23, 2012 - 4 answers

How to build muscle with bodyweight alone

Looking for a bodyweight training program that doesn't involve chin-up bars or any equipment. [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Aug 30, 2012 - 14 answers

How do they get cranes down from the top of skyscrapers when they've finished with them?

How do they get cranes down from the top of skyscrapers when they've finished with them? [more inside]
posted by caek on Aug 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Stopping dribbles of rusty coffee coming through concrete wall

We have tiny but ugly drops of rusty coffee coloured water seeping through our toilet wall. The toilet is a tiny U shaped room with water coming through the two walls that are external. The thick layers of existing paint were holding it back but gradually peeling up in a few places. I hacked back the old paint and put on three layers of oil-based concrete sealant paint but the seepage is coming through that like it's not even there. What's the next step? I'm not sure that stopping the water coming is an option, since the walls are structural and thick concrete.
posted by Sebmojo on Aug 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Steel homes

What is the best company to contract for building a steel home? [more inside]
posted by candasartan on Jul 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Where do I buy a Houseboat?

If building a house is cheaper than buying a house (if you exclude land costs) and buying a houseboat is cheaper than buying a house, could it be cost effective to have a "boat" designed and built outside London and then moor it in London to get a relatively cheap London house? I'm aware moorings are rare and can be expensive, but do you think the costs would work out? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on May 28, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I strengthen my futon frame?

Soliciting suggestions from handyperson types: How can I reinforce my futon to withstand heavier loads? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt on May 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Plaintext New York and New York City Codes

I'm looking for plaintext or PDF searchable versions of the New York State and New York City Codes. I'm specifically looking for something within the Building Code, but I would also like to have basically every state and local law, rule, ordinance, regulation, recommendation, and suggestion in an actual searchable format. [more inside]
posted by a_girl_irl on Apr 26, 2012 - 6 answers

DIY architecture

What are good resources for seeing sample house plans and construction drawings? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Apr 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Is my big plywood box really a $10K project?

How much should this cost? I am moving into a new loft and decided that I wanted to carve out a sleeping and storage area in a container of sorts. So I managed to talk an architect into designing something awesome for me. It can be seen here. We've been very challenged in finding a carpenter that can build it within the budget I have. In fact, quotes are coming in 2 or 3 times what I was planning to spend. [more inside]
posted by ursonate on Apr 13, 2012 - 32 answers

Tutorial for drawing building plans for home construction with Google SketchUp

Is there a step-by-step tutorial on how to create working construction drawings with Google SketchUp? This must be on the Internet somewhere but after a weekend of searching and watching tutorials, I still haven't found it. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Apr 1, 2012 - 4 answers

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