UMass Press Release: Alexander Schreyer, director of the building and construction technology (BCT) program, has revised and expanded “Fundamentals of Residential Construction” to produce the fourth edition of the guide to professional construction of single-family and multifamily homes. Schreyer joins Edward Allen, formerly of MIT, Yale University and the University of Oregon, and Robert Thallon […] Read more..
How much abuse can Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) take?
Being about a month away from moving my office into a Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) building, I am of course interested in answers to this question. As it turns out, many recent research projects proved that CLT can evidently handle quite a bit of abuse (beyond regular day-to-day loading and use)! I may be biased, but […] Read more..
SketchUp 2017 is out. And it’s looking great!
It’s the time of year for… yes, turkey, I know! But a few days ago it was also the time of the year for the much-beloved “A new SketchUp version is available” dialog to pop into your life. If you haven’t downloaded the new version yet, but are burning to know what is new, may […] Read more..
Ciao! My SketchUp book is now available in Italian
While checking my Amazon book purchase stats I just noticed that my book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” (2nd edition) is now available in Italian. Italy being a country with one of the highest number of architects per capita, Italian is clearly one of the best languages to have translated it into. Thanks to the great folks at […] Read more..
Upgrading our Bath Fan Light – for Under $25
Our bathroom fan light was driving me crazy for a while now. No matter how much wattage I would put into it, the plastic cover only allowed for a very dim light to come out. And the arrangement of the bulb in the fixture together with the housing forced most light to emit downward and to […] Read more..
Second edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is now available!
I am very excited to be announcing the release of the second edition of my book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” today! For this edition, I went back through the text and updated and improved a lot of content. As before, my main goal was to keep it relevant for as large a variety of SketchUp users as possible and […] Read more..
Amazing SketchUp Timber Frame Modeling
[sketchfab id=”xuRi1rQTziz4iJqDkjayjOaXq86″ start=”0″ spin=”” controls=”1″] I just came across this amazing 3D model of a round barn by Mike Beganyi, a timber framer and SketchUp modeler from Vermont. I know, it’s two years old, but check it out – and do it full-screen! It is such a great example of beautiful timberframing, excellent SketchUp modeling, and […] Read more..