What US neighborhoods are best known for interesting examples of Craftsman homes? I know about the various bay area neighborhoods - the Maybecks of the Berkeley hills, Westwood Park in SF, etc.; I'm familiar with Pasadena and its Bungalow Heaven, as well as Santa Barbara's many restored bungalows - and I'm familiar with similar neighborhoods here in Sacramento, where I live now. What I'm mainly looking for are out of the way, underrated or less-known neighborhoods with interesting historical and architectural character, specifically expressed in homes built in the Craftsman aesthetic - from the conservative late Victorian through the Prairie and Mission revival. [more inside]
posted by luriete
on Jun 7, 2006 -
I am a small builder who would like to move my operations to a resort area of Mexico to build for the impending baby boomer migration. I have been having trouble finding reasonable sources for construction loans as most developers either pre-sell their units (time consuming) or use Mexican banks, whose rates are prohibitive. Is anyone familiar with any banks that are lending $3 million dollars or more for residential developments to experienced developers? Thanks!
posted by wormwood
on May 8, 2006 -
How can I learn as much as possible about the Spanish market for vacation homes: construction, project development, brokering sales, etc.? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear
on Apr 26, 2006 -
Can anyone recommend a good contractor / home builder in the Boston / Metrowest area? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff
on Apr 25, 2006 -
Evaluating Home Construction: We're considering buying a home in NM, where construction is very different from here in MN. Anyone have any good sources (online or otherwise) to help home buyers evaluate quality of construction in Southwest style homes -- especially stucco homes? We're looking at pueblo/adobe style places.
posted by nancoix
on Mar 22, 2006 -
How can I seal my home-made steel smoker? It's made out of a never-used oil drum, shaped like a giant flask. The problem is that the hatch, while large enough to cover the opening, doesn't form a perfect seal because of the body's curvature. Imperfect seal = imperfect smoking. What kind of material can take the medium heat of smoking, is non-toxic (no fiberglass!), and is slightly soft, to mold itself to the surface?
posted by paul_smatatoes
on Mar 22, 2006 -
I'm building a small DIY house. Where's my online community? [more inside]
posted by zek
on Mar 8, 2006 -
Might have to do some serious work on my house's foundation. Estimates run to $10,000 or more. What should I be asking or thinking about here? [more inside]
posted by jojopizza
on Feb 19, 2006 -
How can I get a short-term, labor-intensive job in a field I'd like to start a career in? [more inside]
posted by itchi23
on Jan 19, 2006 -
How thick would a carbon steel plate have to be to roughly approximate the bending & deflection characteristics of 5/8" to 3/4" plywood? [more inside]
posted by true
on Jan 19, 2006 -
There is a ridiculous huge rectangular cut-out in the wall between my bedroom and that of my sister (what can I say, NYC real estate is ingenious). Please help me cover it up in some soundproof fashion. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand
on Jan 9, 2006 -
Do large construction companies have to pay (the city, I guess) when they block off a lane of a city street with jersey barriers during construction? I'm sure this varies by locale, but is it a nominal fee or something that more substantially compensates the locality for inconvenience?
posted by OmieWise
on Dec 19, 2005 -
Roadconstructionfilter: Why do I see so many highway crews replacing only a 10' by 2' section? [more inside]
posted by notsnot
on Dec 8, 2005 -
I need some advice on how to best break up a seemingly indestructible concrete slab in my backyard. It is about 8 feet by 4 feet by 2 feet deep. I've tried a sledge hammer and also a relatively low-power jackhammer, with little success. [more inside]
posted by krudiger
on Nov 28, 2005 -
I want to build a shed-sized cabin, but don't know how to design it, in terms of making it attractively-proportioned and inviting to be inside of. It must be shed-sized (treehouse-sized) in that its floor plan can't exceed 120 sq ft, so we can make it without planning permits or beaurocracy.
posted by anadem
on Sep 15, 2005 -
I live across the street from a construction site. The other day I noticed that there is an opening (a shaft, if you will) for the placement of the crane. What happens to this opening when the building is complete? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk
on Aug 20, 2005 -
Rapid self-design house building in the UK. I have an ill-informed notion that this should be possible by using pre-formed concrete slabs, but can find very little information. Can anyone shed any light on the subject? [more inside]
posted by ajp
on Aug 9, 2005 -
Anyone know where to get basic plans to build a pet door? Specifically, I'd like plans for a door to be used in a sash window. I'm sure I can make one for less than $110
, but can't find a plan online. Is there a good book that can help with this kind of thing?
posted by mediareport
on Jul 5, 2005 -
I am building a stereo system designed to be used out of doors. Do speaker enclosures matter? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman
on Jun 7, 2005 -
Is it possible to negotiate prices on a new construction -- specifically, a small-to-medium builder in a somewhat-hot market (Raleigh NC)? [more inside]
posted by SeanCier
on May 23, 2005 -
I do marketing for a company that manufactures and installs windows/doors/gates in Uganda (East Africa). I want to create signage to put up at construction sites to advertise that the windows (etc) are by us. Problem: as opposed to the north american constructions sites i am familiar with, site hoardings (the barrier around the site) are usually corrugated metal sheets instead of the flat, nailable/gluable wood we use at home, and lawn-type areas around construction sites are non-existent, so you can't just stick something into the ground. SO.. how to display the sign? [more inside]
posted by Kololo
on May 19, 2005 -
Can anyone recommend a good handyman or home/construction type contractor in the Seattle area? (Specifically Bellevue, but most of these guys seem willing to travel.) [more inside]
posted by agropyron
on May 11, 2005 -
I am wondering if any of you brilliant grammarians and linguists can tell me about using "Would" at the beginning of the sentence in a particular construction. Sometimes I will hear a particular construction that sounds weird if not incorrect: e.g. "Would that I had done it differently." [more inside]
posted by dios
on May 9, 2005 -
Let's say some friends and I want to purchase an old warehouse and refurbish it into something great, like living/art/performance space; how would we go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by deafmute
on Mar 22, 2005 -
Engineers, architects, contractors, and woodworkers -- I need your help to prevent my untimely death in some terrible lofted-bed incident. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Mar 22, 2005 -
I need to rip an extra-wide door out of our shed and put in a new narrower one. The door frame consists of substantial timbers -- I'm guessing around 3x8 (actual measurements). The floor is cement, there's no bottom frame member. What's the best way to replace the door? [more inside]
posted by user92371
on Mar 20, 2005 -
Anyone have recommendations for home construction / design software? I'm looking for a reasonably powerful software package that will let me do both design and 3D visualization of the results. [more inside]
posted by true
on Feb 27, 2005 -
How do I learn to build... stuff? Carpentry, woodworking and construction-like activities are foreign to me (I get scared hanging pictures on a wall), and I can't seem to find anything that talks down to my pea-size brain. Can anyone recommend activities and/or reading materials that will help me become handy around the house? [MI] [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold
on Feb 10, 2005 -
A friend of mine is looking for a Construction Project Manager job here in Miami, and together we've googled to find what we think are decent job sites (also, we've been to the obvious, monster, careerbuilder, etc.). He's submitted his resume repeatedly but is getting no results and is now considering using a resume delivery service like resumexposure.com
. Has anyone had any experience with that specific company or other similar services that they can recommend? Also, aside from networking in person (which is what he says works best in his field) and applying for every job that he can get his hands on, are there any other basic steps he should take?
posted by sa3z
on Jan 30, 2005 -
Doorfilter: A convent nearby is being torn down, and on a whim i bought a number of the room and closet doors from the place. Four of the doors will fit my current house perfectly (style-wise - they are bare-wood exact matches for my painted doors), but four are a different, older style. They're solid pine, five-panel, and they're stained to a dark color. I also pulled all the frames and jambs, for the [cough] hell of it. My question: what can I do with these? I'm mechanically inclined, but I've never done much woodworking.
posted by notsnot
on Jan 23, 2005 -
Apart from "modernist, very expensive, and very good", what words does one use to describe the kind of home architecture/construction in which there are no baseboards or traditional moldings, everything fits together perfectly, floors and walls meet seamlessly, etc.? What terms do I need to know in order to find someone who does this type of work?
posted by stonerose
on Dec 12, 2004 -
I'm in Toronto, currently just northeast of Queen's Park Crescent. Why have there been trucks blowing their horns outside my window for the past two hours? [more inside]
posted by DrJohnEvans
on Dec 1, 2004 -
How do you remove a screw after totally raping its head?
posted by Evstar
on Nov 20, 2004 -
Roofing filter day
My wife has decided that we need a new roof and that we're going to do it ourselves. I'm not opposed to this, well, okay I am, but stilll....
How do we price this out for ourselves? Any denizens or askmefi have any experience in this? We have asphalt shingles now and will stick with same.
My wife says thanks in advance.
posted by damnitkage
on Jul 20, 2004 -
I'm thinking about modifying a standard shipping container to make a small wood shop. Does anyone have any information about cutting through the metal to create windows etc. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jmgorman
on Apr 13, 2004 -
I'm interested in exploring options for building a "green" home, and I would like some advice about where to start. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by stonerose
on Jan 11, 2004 -
What the hell is that thing that builders use for checking something is level called? The ones with the yellow liquid, and the bubble that has to be between the lines. I can't for the life of me remember.
posted by Orange Goblin
on Dec 12, 2003 -