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What's a "paper brick house"? And what are the "cars" in "The River"?

Two questions about Flannery O'Connor's "The River". 1) What's a "paper brick house"? 2) What kind of public transportation are the "cars"? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Aug 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Advice for building a back yard cabin, step-by-step...

So, I want to build a 10x12 cabin in my back yard. I've never built anything. I am thinking of a modular approach to help with my learning curve. The site is slightly sloped—the front is about 18" lower than the back. I have a plan...and I'm hoping experienced folks can pick it apart/offer advice on whether this is a good idea... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Aug 4, 2015 - 12 answers

Little Free Library for Dummies

Where can I find the simplest possible instructions for building a Little Free Library, from wood, from scratch? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Jul 23, 2015 - 7 answers

How to construct a stage platform to reduce footstep noise / bass?

Historically I have not been an incredibly handy person, but I currently find myself in the process of DIY building a few modular stage platforms from 2x4s and 3/4" plywood which will be clamped together to serve as a stage for a blackbox theatre space that I run (used for improv, sketch and stand-up comedy). Does anyone have any construction tips or recommendations to dampen the noise from footsteps? [more inside]
posted by adamk on Jul 21, 2015 - 10 answers

update on the Barier, floating soccer-ball dwelling?

I'm trying to find out what's up with this structure, designed for maximum resistance to earthquakes and flooding. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jul 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Best intensive courses for learning to build or renovate your own home

I am looking for 1 week to month long classes that do hands-on teaching of basic carpentry, plumbing, and wiring skills for people who want to rehab houses. I am considering buying a fixer-upper and need to know what tools I need, how to use them safely, how to conform to the local building code, and when I will need to hire outside help. [more inside]
posted by ridingtheranges on Jun 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me understand what tradies I'm going to need

I have a bunch of (mostly small) jobs that I need done around the house, and I'm trying to figure out how many different tradies I need to hire to do them: installing a bathroom vanity; replacing about ten tiles in the shower; installing a new pendant light; servicing the ducted gas heating; installing underfloor insulation (although I'm considering DIYing this); and removing half a staircase. Do I need to hire a different person for each task, or can they be batched somehow? (I assume the tiles and vanity can be done by the same person at least). [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Ideas for building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly home?

I have this pipe dream of settling down somewhere extremely rural and building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly home. I've got a lot of ideas floating around in my head, but I'm always looking for new ones. How would you go about setting up such a dwelling? (Or how did you do it, if you've done it yourself?) I'm ideally looking for ground-up plans, but all ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on May 9, 2015 - 19 answers

My husband wants to build a house. I don't. Help.

My husband and I are at an impasse and I need help either figuring out how to make my case more clearly or ideas how to get myself on board. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2015 - 40 answers

Cost range for building small guesthouses?

Has anyone built a guesthouse/in-law suite/studio on their property? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jan 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Corporate team building? SIGN ME UP!!!!

Have you ever been on a corporate team-building event you really liked? To which you would have gone even if you weren't paid? I need to organize an event for 18 guys at my company, and I hate corporate stuff and don't want it to suck. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Pacrand on Oct 28, 2014 - 40 answers

Built new desktop last night. PC won't post at all

Built my first desktop last night completely on my own. A friend has helped in the past but this was my first solo experience. It was much easier than I anticipated. However that's where the easy part ended :L [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Oct 17, 2014 - 20 answers

My thighs used to be thunderous

I am a woman who, for whatever reason, builds strength and bulky muscle very quickly. My thighs right now are the smallest they have ever been, and part of that reason is that I had taken a year off from the gym. I am starting back up at the gym and I want to be fit again but I also want to do everything I can to keep from building so much muscle bulk again. Can I have fitness and strength without getting back the huge muscles? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Sep 15, 2014 - 12 answers

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

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