In colonial times, the wealthier people had homes with stone floors. In winter, these slick floors became slippery, with muddy … Continue reading What’s in a Threshold?
I admire the way a Mexican restaurant works. I’ve eaten at many, and the service is always quick, the food … Continue reading FIESTAS CANTINA
China uses more concrete in three years than we do in a century. Continue reading Did You Know: China Consumes More Concrete?
Recursos Argentinos When I was a child in Buenos Aires, my aunts and grandma would sip Fernet Branca in the … Continue reading ¡Fernet Branca y Pisco!
Double-pane windows have a hermetically sealed airspace between two sheets of glass, the gap provides the insulation. If the seal … Continue reading Did You Know: Windows Can Get Altitude Sickness?
Loggers that I have met tell me of the importance moon cycles have to the durability and strength of wood … Continue reading Did You Know Why: Why We Refer to The Harvest Moon?
The traditional gambrel (or Dutch) barn roof comes from northern Europe and prevails in places like Wisconsin and Minnesota with … Continue reading Did You Know: Why Dairy Barns Are Painted Red (or White)?
Our wood construction traditions came from England. Where English carpenters were right at home building houses framed with studs set … Continue reading Did You Know: Why we Frame at 16-inches On Center?
If you have traveled to Europe or South America, you may have noticed that when you order water or soft … Continue reading Did You Know: About Cultural Differences in Appliances?