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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Real name/location of the Arcadian

What is the real name/location of The Arcadian building in the TV show "How I met Your Mother"? [more inside]
posted by yticmic on Dec 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Should I (hire a GC to) build a new house?

So, after an exhaustive house search, not finding what I want, I'm debating building a new house. Er, hiring people to build a house. I know what I want, I know where I want it, I think I have the budget. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Feb 16, 2011 - 13 answers

What is the easiest way to draw a floor plan and to get basic working drawings for a home rehab?

Architects, builders, and engineers -- what is the best software for drawing up a basic set of floor plans? What's the most cost-effective way to get a set of working drawings for a basic house rehab? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Dec 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Identify A Mystery Building Shaped Like Helmet?

Where is this building? Does it have a name? Who designed it? [more inside]
posted by hoople on Nov 14, 2010 - 2 answers

In the round.

What's the story behind this strange circular building in the middle of nowhere in Scotland [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Model Building

First time building a landscape model on taskboard. Tips and advice? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on Sep 24, 2009 - 3 answers

Replacement porch steps for older home

Where can I find vintage photos of, or designs for simple turn of the century porch steps? [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Jun 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Non-traditional building supply sources?

I'm planning a home addition but would like peruse building material sources beyond what's available in consumer hardware stores. What sources do architects and contractors use for non-standard windows and other items? Is there a McMaster-Carr-equivalent for building materials? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Perhaps a Faraday Cage?

Why is this building designed as it is? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Aug 3, 2008 - 9 answers

HOW IS ARCHY FORMED?

How was this made? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Jun 24, 2008 - 15 answers

Can we build it? Eh...maybe?

Inspired by this thread; has anyone every hired an architect? How do you do it? What sorts of things should I be looking for? How do I go about finding one that specializes in "weird". (By weird I mean, not your standard mcmansion floor plan.) What do architects charge to design a building. And do they oversee the building process as a rule, or no? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Apr 26, 2008 - 16 answers

What options are available for mini-tensile architecture?

What kind of fixtures/joinery/wire is available for small-scale tensile structures? (i.e. project size ranging from an object/structure the size of a tent down to a model). [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Dec 25, 2007 - 5 answers

I'm at a place called vertigo

Does anyone have any recommendations about how one could go about gaining access (legally) to interesting roofs in interesting buildings in interesting cities around the world? [more inside]
posted by numberstation on May 11, 2006 - 8 answers

Is it cheaper to buy a house or build one from scratch?

Is it cheaper to buy a house or build one from scratch? [more inside]
posted by designbot on Nov 14, 2005 - 18 answers

Info on Space Age-ish Building on Cliff Near I-70 and Denver Airport?

There's a space-age looking building that you'll see on a cliff face on the left while driving West on I70 from the Denver airport. Anyone know the name or architect? It looks amazing enough to be famous.
posted by machaus on Jan 26, 2004 - 10 answers

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