December 24, 2012

Holiday Greetings

Season's greetings!

I wish you all the best for the year to come.

December 19, 2012

Ignoring the Spec

'Fear' from 'The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals' London 1872. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
What? Ignore the spec?
I’m specifying a system that depends as much on the fabricator as it does on the materials. In this case, it’s a concrete countertop, but really, it could be any sort of artisan construction. Another designer at the same firm did the same sort of product, in a different form, about a year ago, and I wrote the spec for that, too. So I asked the first team if they’d recommend the fabricator to the second team.

I got back, essentially, “Well, they didn’t really follow the spec, but they worked hard to match the existing.”

December 13, 2012

Getting - and paying for - a problem-free slab

Lean on me
Think this slab might need moisture mitigation?
I joined CSI's Specifying Practice Group webinar in progress last week, because my buddies were learning so much and tweeting about it. I got there just in time to get good answers to my burning questions about how to handle slab testing and moisture mitigating membranes and how best to pay for them.