Last week Friday the house underwent a blower door test, which measures a building’s airtightness. A powerful fan is attached into the frame of a door and sealed off; the fan then pulls air out of the house, which also pulls air … Continue reading →
We are really kicking it into high gear on the site and in our Oregon BILDS wood shop on campus. We have compiled a tasks list and students are volunteering to complete at least one task. There are a lot … Continue reading →
Due to this week’s weather we were forced to remain indoors for a good portion of the mornings, the rain was a little bipolar throughout the days. We were able to do a lot of paint touch ups, trim work, … Continue reading →
It’s been a week since the last update and a lot of the exterior work has been completed. The 4’x8’ siding panels have gone up over the garage and around the front porch. After a few complications with the staining work of these panels, we were finally ready to install them. Each piece was precisely cut to fit snuggly around the entry and drilled, before being applied to the exterior, to maintain a consistent nailing pattern. Since the exterior is nearing completion there is only one set of scaffolding remaining, and excavations can commence next week.
The flooring has been installed downstairs! We still need to sand and put on a coat of polyurethane but a lot of progress was made within the past week. The trim work and painting upstairs is close to completion. The details of the interior are slowly coming along, including the addition of a linen closet upstairs. Some of the cabinets are installed in the kitchen, upstairs and downstairs bathroom. Hopefully the bedrooms will be completed this upcoming week and we can focus on the downstairs areas.
We have returned to the Oregon BILDS house this Spring term! There was a little work done during the break to continue the momentum, professionals were hired to install the drywall and apply the textured spray on the walls. But on March 31st a new crew was introduced to the Oregon BILDS house. Once everyone had become familiar with the design, site, and tools we quickly started to work. We finished applying the horizontal strip siding on all facades of the house and began painting the exterior walls.
The interior details have commenced the first week of the term. The walls were primed and painted an assortment of colors. The crew has worked on the interior’s trim work for a couple of weeks and will hopefully install and paint all the trim work by next week.
The cabinet’s for the kitchen were recently purchased from IKEA and are ready for installation. The simplicity and flushed cabinet doors give it a modern, sleek look.
The downstairs flooring will be 2’x8’ strips of OSB; each panel was cut down in the shop to ensure consistency and to remove the manufacturer’s edge coating. A layer of flooring adhesive was troweled on beneath each flooring section. This allows for less required nailing and for a more solid finished product.
Professor Rob Thallon taught a studio this winter term that explored the design pedagogy of OregonBILDS.
Studio Description: The entire studio worked collaboratively toward developing a single design that can be constructed by UO and Lane Community College students. The first few weeks of studio were dedicated to defining the problem in terms of program, energy performance, code restrictions, and market forces; and each student made an individual proposal for a design. The studio then worked collectively to synthesize the best elements of each design into a single cohesive proposal that was developed through the rest of the term. The end result of the term was a set of drawings that describes the proposed house and garden at the level required for a building permit.
Overall themes of the studio included:
The nature of sustainable architecture.
Fundamentals of residential design – site design, building design, budget, legal restrictions.
Integration of building technology to define and support the spirit of the project.
Collaboration, teamwork, and the role of the individual.