In this project, we used wood and brick siding to not only promote green building, but to also reduce the thermal mass of the house, to cool the temperature of the home. Don’t you love the look of Austin stone on a home? Many neighborhoods in Bryan and College Station require a high percentage
At Stearns Design Build, we are big fans of siding; well some siding. One of the reasons that we like siding so much is because it is a big part of our vernacular architecture in Central Texas. Another reason that we like it is because of the problems with its alternatives; brick or stone. While those
profiles1 Siding works best when there has air movement behind it. We can accomplish this with something called a rainscreen. This is simply placing siding on a lath strip, holding it out from the wall so that water can drain and air can move. A rainscreen will help both the siding and the
profiles1 A typical wall profile in the Brazos Valley starts with drywall on the inside; then a 2X4 wall with R-13 fiberglass insulation between the framing members. On the outside of the 2X4 wall is nonstructural sheathing and then the siding.When replacing siding we usually remove everything down to the framing. This allows
There are few home repairs more thoroughly ignored than failing siding and exterior trim. This may happen for several reasons. Many people simply do not notice – out of sight out of mind. There is often a perception that the exterior of a home is invincible, however, even brick homes have trim that can fail.
Tile may be the traditional bathroom choice for most, but it’s not the only flooring type that performs well in a wet environment. Like any other flooring, bathroom flooring should be chosen with style, durability, and comfort in mind. A bathroom floor must be able to handle moisture and humidity from daily use and the appearance of sudden leaks.
Like many building products in existence, choosing the right siding for your home is never as easy as Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Each siding material comes with its own set of features and benefits, both from a sustainability point of view, price, climate appropriateness, and aesthetics. Sadly there is no category wide certification program to use as an overall guide. The first decision for choosing a siding material should come down to what is most suitable and allowable in your market or area of residence. Here is a list of commonly used siding for green-built homes.
Composites are the new face of deckingThe most notable changes in the decking market have come with the creation of synthetic decking materials. Most synthetics require less maintenance than wood, but are far from perfect. They are more expensive than basic wood decking materials and although much more weather proof than wood, they are not immune to weather damage. No decking is perfect, but the variety of natural wood and synthetic products on the market today are providing both home builders and home owners a longer list of possibilities and options than ever before.
Tile is a finish that many homeowners are willing to tackle on their own as a remodel project. While getting tile down is not difficult, a quality tile job requires a lot of attention to detail and a fair amount of finesse. Most of our clients who have laid tile in the past are happy
CONCRETE SLABSYou have a layout of your tile project on paper now it is time to prepare the surface to receive the tile.CLEANINGIf you are setting tile to a concrete slab, you will want to make sure that the surface is clean and dust free. In new construction concrete is seldom covered to protect it