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Who am I and
what am I up to?

Sharing experiences
on my "island"

When a mower is
not just a mower

What inspires me
Connecting with
others for better understanding

who am I and what am I up to?

other projects

Cistern revival
"First Purge"






awning draft

























Awning plans

[Feel free to download these shareables and read
more about the motivation behind each motif.]


unused cistern = water harvesting
This project was driven by the summer peak heat and sun that comes through my windows into the house. I live in an earth-contact home and it faces south (as it should) with large windows lining the length of that southern face. This was intentional in the design as they capture sun/warmth in the cooler months which gets absorbed into the concrete floor.

Unfortunately, the builder didn't extend the soffets far enough to block sunlight during the warmest seasons. The soffet depth is typical for a home built in Missouri, but the window depth is longer than normal. Mine are 36" wide by 72" deep.

My solution, inspired by several eco-architectural images I ran across while developing mood boards for this web site design process, is passive solar awnings. My design will match the pergolas (new and old) I have built, including the red stain.

sun angles and my windows pergola corner
Normal Missouri soffet depths are
appropriate for windows no more than
48" deep. Mine are 72" which allows
more sunlight to enter, even when
the sun angle is steep.

An inkwash of the awnings project.

I'm building four awnings for the four southern-facing windows and I'm seriously considering something similar for the large window you see in the illustration. It takes in a lot of sun all day. This is great in the colder months, but requires two layers of interior shades in the warmer months. Being much wider I'd have to create a support system in the middle pulling from above.

awning - cutting on the table saw awning crossbars
Clamping multiple boards together helps with
consistent alignment. I used the table saw to
cut the slots for the cross bars.
Working in assembly line fashion
is the most efficient. Make sure your
plans are accurate, though.
awning assembled awning - staining
An air nailer attached to my compressor made quick
work of assembling the awnings. Love my powertools.
The translucent stain color I chose
is called Redwood.
awning assembled awnings installed
Systematically staining, one side at a time, one awning
at a time. Then, flip! Repeat. Two coats.
Installed, and they work. They'll cut just enough sun to reduce heat on warm days.

If you haven't already, check out the Cistern Revival project page and see the pergola structure I built to support the water plumbing from the garage gutters to an unused cistern.

starting a conversation
begins with a box of thoughts...

Powertools with purpose
With a new mission and a means
to do it, I tackle some projects...

Poeple I've met
There are those who've traveled
a similar path and have a lot to share...

connecting with others
A designer needs to understand their audience.

In order to to this, I created a survey and polled my community for friends, colleagues, and family. Through a series of questions I got a bette idea of where many folks position themselves regarding environmental concerns and degree of engagement in sustainbility efforts.

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