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The East is home to a beautiful tradition of friction fitting columns and beam. Thinking about how the first built structures from wood were probably done with similar techniques gives me such a great sense of joy. Joy in seeing the accomplishment of mankind. How we can elevate something so simple as resting sticks together to such artful expressions.

The East is home to a beautiful tradition of friction fitting columns and beam. Thinking about how the first built structures from wood were probably done with similar techniques gives me such a great sense of joy. Joy in seeing the accomplishment of mankind. How we can elevate something so simple as resting sticks together to such artful expressions.

HOME & GARDEN: Les fustes : des maisons en rondins de bois

Les fustes : des maisons en rondins de bois

HOME & GARDEN: Les fustes : des maisons en rondins de bois

From an ecological perspective, pneumatically impacted stabilized earth (PISE) is a nearly perfect building material. A new house, halfway between Carmel and Big Sur, near California’s central coast, showcases PISE’s residential potential.

PISE Does It

From an ecological perspective, pneumatically impacted stabilized earth (PISE) is a nearly perfect building material. A new house, halfway between Carmel and Big Sur, near California’s central coast, showcases PISE’s residential potential.

Good wood - WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW…..WOW! A stunning renovation of an old barn in Kent, UK, by local architects Liddicoat & Goldhill. Called ‘The Ancient Party Barn’, good name.

Good wood - WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW…..WOW! A stunning renovation of an old barn in Kent, UK, by local architects Liddicoat & Goldhill. Called ‘The Ancient Party Barn’, good name.

Beautifully energy-efficient rammed earth;rammed-earth home on the West Side, where solar panels, solar water heaters, low-water-use plants and strategically placed windows are among the environmentally conscious features in a home that's far from dark and dreary. The Halls' home is one of about 15 that will be featured in the 12th annual Tucson Innovative Home Tour and Tucson Solar Tour. The event showcases houses with the latest in eco-friendly amenities. [I love Tucson, AZ.]

Beautifully energy-efficient rammed earth;rammed-earth home on the West Side, where solar panels, solar water heaters, low-water-use plants and strategically placed windows are among the environmentally conscious features in a home that's far from dark and dreary. The Halls' home is one of about 15 that will be featured in the 12th annual Tucson Innovative Home Tour and Tucson Solar Tour. The event showcases houses with the latest in eco-friendly amenities. [I love Tucson, AZ.]

Not sure this vaulted ceiling is heat-efficient, but it's gorgeous, and supported by a rammed-earth beam

Not sure this vaulted ceiling is heat-efficient, but it's gorgeous, and supported by a rammed-earth beam

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