Housing + Homes
By “hacking” or innovating on standard construction materials and techniques, design professionals and builders can deliver high-end design in cost-effective, streamlined ways. In this session, design professionals and builders share 20 built residential-scale design details that use standard, humble construction materials and techniques in unique ways to achieve custom effects. The details covered vary in material and application from windows to foundations to floors to insulation to interior finishes and exterior garden elements. For each detail, panelists will describe (1) the goal or desired effect, (2) the “hack” or innovation in technical terms, (3) the value or cost savings afforded by the detail, and (4) an evaluation: did this detail achieve its functional, aesthetic, and practical goals? Each detail will be illustrated with a combination of photographs (in-progress and finished) and drawings. The audience is invited to ask lots of questions!