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PureBond Plywood

For interior cabinetry and woodwork, plywood is most often the most economical material that will give you the most pleasing results. It comes in thicknesses 1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″, 5/8″, 3/4″ and sometimes up to 1-1/8″. Most sheets have a smooth and a rough side. The smooth side is usually free of nicks and ready for […]

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Roxul Insulation

3.5 inches of fiberglass insulation in a wall will amount to an insulating value of R 8.75. The same 3.5 inches using Rock Wool instead can reach R 14.6, over 25% better. Rock Wool is fire resistant, water proof and sound absorbing. What more can I say?

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Plan Set Components Chart

Architectural Plan Set Components

You may be wondering what components PencilJazz includes in a thorough set of residential architectural construction plans. This chart will give you a general idea of what is included in a full scope construction set, although assignments vary in scope as does the level of detail needed by the client. Often, things like the Electrical […]

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Design Planning in Maine

Until recently, most code enforcement offices in Maine have not been very useful to small residential projects. They have been granting permits to builders who present very little planning, sometimes none at all. As a result, clients have assumed that they don’t need an architectural plan for any work, and they call builders and expect […]

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Why Hire an Architect?

Why Hire an Architect? The most important reason for hiring an architect to design and plan your house is because you want an exceptional, excellent design. However, the reasons go deeper. Here is a good way to consider your decision. You want the builder to know every little detail of your house before he prices […]

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Custom Designed Wooden Door

Front Door Styles & Craftsmanship

My favorite brand of standard residential exterior doors is Thermatru for their durability, insulation, and weatherstripping. Andersen also has an extensive line of pretty good doors. You may also have your architect design a wonderfully creative front entry door and line up a good craftsman.

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