Saturday, April 30, 2011

Passive Solar Heating Ideas

It has been awhile since I have done much on passive solar ideas
 so here are some different things for heating space, water, and food.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stone Homesteaders Cabin

Recently we were at Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior, Arizona
and came across this homesteaders cabin from the turn of the century.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Round Windows and Diamonds

There is an allure to round windows.

Even though they can be quite difficult to construct people still love them
 and they even have a sort of soothing effect. 

These first two were designed by Paolo Soleri,
who seems to love the round form. 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Finished Shipping Container Building

I first became aware of this shipping container building
 almost a year ago when I wrote my first post on it,
 Shipping Container Buildings, when it was just a shell.

Then at the end of August last year I did an update:

Now it is finished.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fixer Upper In Kingston, New Mexico

For the last in this seven part series on Kingston, New Mexico
I want to show this beautiful  home that has been lovely renovated
 and cared for by Paul and Terry as a retirement project.

Above is the first glass block greenhouse I have run across.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Straw/Clay Studio For Cranberry Press In Kingston, New Mexico

Behind this fence of doors lies the studio for Cranberry Press
operated by Mark and Marilyn Nero,
in the tiny town of Kingston in the southwest corner of New Mexico,
and right next door to the Black Range Lodge,
which I have profiled in the three previous posts.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Straw Bale Shop

In the last post I introduced you to the Black Range Lodge 
now let's take a look at the newest straw bale structure
 that Catherine Wanek has built there.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Capping An Adobe Wall

Adobe can be an excellent choice for a privacy wall 
but in most climates it must be protected from rain and snow.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Metal Sculpture In The Garden

Not being a metal worker (one of the few trades I have not dabbled in much)
 I have done very little with metal work in this blog.

Let's look at some metal sculpture now.

We found the above piece in Bisbee, Arizona.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

More Ideas For Color

I am not very good at picking out colors,
 but I love it when I see color.

Above is from the home and studio of Arthur Gledhill
 in Pilar, New Mexico who I profiled in the post

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Old Adobes In Patagonia, Arizona

Patagonia, Arizona is a small town with a wealth of old adobes,
which I would guess mostly date to the last quarter of the 19th century, 
and the beginning of the 20th.