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Time to Reggie-fy

Hello from Reggie’s Home team! After demoing the existing structure on our site, the past two weeks we have been sorting the wood from the rest of the construction materials. We have only put the construction materials in the dumpster in order to maximize the used space and have taken the wood off site.

Aerial view of site after demolition

Along with finishing clearing off our site, we have been busy with reviews every Friday. On October 25th we had a review with Ada and Giuseppe from Lot-ek in New York City. Through this presentation our team was given advice on how to present our research and case studies to the scale of our project. They also helped us realized that we needed to start thinking about what Reggie envisions and approach our design in an unconventional way.

Presenting to Lot-ek

For our BIG HALLOWEEN REVIEW we had Marlon Blackwell, Katrina Van Valkenburgh, and Mike Newman come to Newbern. After taking them on a journey from space to Reggie’s property we got a lot of insight on how to begin our design. One of the key factors was to take the concepts of our case studies and apply them to fit Reggie’s needs (Reggie-fy them).

We also had our annual pumpkin carve!
Building our costumes
Presenting for Halloween Reviews

We plan to start our design by looking at Reggie’s desire to live outside and starting our narrative from there.

This week we will get our dumpster off site and finally begin our site survey!! When not on site we will continue to Reggie-fy our case studies and get our design juices flowing.

Reggie-fying our case studies

That’s all we have for now! See you next week!

Reggie’s Home Team

Happy Halloween Reviews

The Halloween Reviews week is here! This week for the big review, the 3rd-years presented their 20K design and research for 20K Ophelia’s Home. Much of the busy week was spent in preparation for the Thursday review and their group costume, the “Last Supper.”

The 3rd-years finished their final quilting blocks in the elective class just in time to be hung and presented alongside their initial renderings. Aaron Head (local artist) returned to lead a sticking workshop on Wednesday as the students begin the process of actually “quilting” the quilt top, batting, and bottom together. Those couple hours of stitching were so peaceful, a pleasant break from studio work.

As Halloween grew closer, the students rapidly worked to finalize plan details, construction documents, and presentation flow.

On that hallowed day, guest reviewers Marlon Blackwell, Mike Newman, and Katrina Van Valkenburgh, alongside Rural Studio faculty, probed the students about the decisions they made behind their work, gave insightful critiques, and encouraged the 3rd-years in their research to improve the design of 20K Ophelia’s Home. Overall the review was a success! 

And the students did enjoy itself all the while! The reviews of the 5th-year and master’s students were extremely interesting and engaging (not typically a word used to describe review days) and it was great to see what the rest of Red Barn was up to. Tuesday was the annual community Pumpkin Carve with the Halloween celebrations and costume contest on Thursday. The disciples definitely enjoyed themselves. 

Back to the Drawing Board

It’s been an eventful week for the 3rd-years! Since Halloween review is fast approaching, they’ve been busy at work getting things ready in their quilting class, on site, and in studio.

For the quilt, each student finished the second iteration of their quilt squares which they arranged as a studio to craft the first iteration of their quilt! Now they know their final quilt top for Ophelia will look a little something like this:

On site, the studio’s tool trailer was moved in (yay!!!), and the team took care of other odds and ends – including cutting down limbs to make room for the trailer under a tree, reorganizing the wood stock pile, and removing the old septic line.

In studio, after drawing hundreds of different variations of Ophelia’s 20K floor plan it was time for the 3rd-years to consolidate their ideas and create a final floor plan! They studied multiple iterations of what could be the final plan and what those plans would look like in interior elevations and in section.

On Friday, the studio broke down into teams to study the final floor plan options. One team worked on drawing the different ceiling and wall/door alignments in elevation and section while the second team taped out a mock-up of the final plan underneath the fabrication pavilion.

The team mocks up the final plan under the fabrication pavilion.

After hundreds of drawings, hours of discussion, and a mock-up or two here and there, the students have finally decided on a final floor plan that they think is going to make an amazing home for Ophelia.

It’s Demo Time!

Reggie’s Home Team really tore the house down this week! With the help of our “5th teammate,” Mason, and the Bobcat, what was once a standing structure is now a pile of debris in the middle of the site.

Before we demoed the house

In order to make the best use of time and tools, the team had a dumpster delivered to site to make the removal of old construction material quicker. To reduce the amount of waste added to the dumpster, we only put building material in the dumpster and separated the wood to burn.

We used burn barrels for the smaller wood scraps
Reggie’s temporary home

In addition to being on site we also prepared a presentation for Kim Clements and Joe Schneider from JAS Design Build. This presentation allowed us to receive suggestions on how to approach site analysis once the site is clear. Joe and Kim also directed us to search for case studies that are more similar to the size and scope of the project.

That is all we have for now

Coming soon: The biggest burn pile Hale County has seen and a clear site!

After we demoed the house

Reggie’s Home Team

Water Lines and Tool Trailers and Batter Boards, Oh My!

It’s now the week after fall break and the 3rd-years are rested up and ready for the next phase of their semester! This week has been all about making sure the students have everything ready for when it’s time to start building.

First, the students had a much-needed conversation about their schedule and budget. They held a pull planning session to start making a schedule for the rest of the semester – will they stick to the schedule? Stay tuned to find out!

Next, the students worked together to get things ready on site by moving all their supplies and the leftover wood from Mrs. Patrick’s Home (last year’s project) to Ophelia’s site.

Over the next couple of days, the students broke down into teams to get the site and their tool trailer ready for when it’s time to build. A few of them focused on locating and shutting off the old water line on site. This team also dug up and capped off the old septic line and removed old tie offs for the trailers previously on site.

Another team worked hard to build the inside of the tool trailer with shelves for all their equipment and individual cubbies for everyone on the team.

The third team measured and cut all the pieces to make batter boards that the 3th-years will use to measure the height of the finished floor of Ophelia’s new home!

All in all, it was a productive week for the 3th-years on site and they are very excited and eager to break ground on Ophelia’s 20K soon! Just look at how excited they are!!!