Curbless Shower Guide


[Photo by BUILD LLC] Kicking off the first post for the new year, we’re diving right into a technical post with our BUILD Manual series. For this fourth edition, we’re covering our curbless shower detail. We’ve fine-tuned this detail over many years, and we’ve implemented it regularly with great results, so it was time to create its own guide. The seamless floor transition from the bathroom to shower area creates a clean-lined aesthetic that looks great and functions well. The removal of the curb allows for ease of entry into the shower area and makes cleaning the floor straightforward. Our detail guide shows how we put this together, both for a framed floor and a slab on grade application. For more coverage on the curbless shower, check out our previous post on the subject.
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Curbless Shower Guide


[Photo by BUILD LLC] Kicking off the first post for the new year, we’re diving right into a technical post with our BUILD Manual series. For this fourth edition, we’re covering our curbless shower detail. We’ve fine-tuned this detail over many years, and we’ve implemented it regularly with great results, so it was time to create its own guide. The seamless floor transition from the bathroom to shower area creates a clean-lined aesthetic that looks great and functions well. The removal of the curb allows for ease of entry into the shower area and makes cleaning the floor straightforward. Our detail guide shows how we put this together, both for a framed floor and a slab on grade application. For more coverage on the curbless shower, check out our previous post on the subject.
[Click for downloadable image] Check out our previous BUILD Guides, and stay tuned for the next
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Curbless Shower Guide


[Photo by BUILD LLC] Kicking off the first post for the new year, we’re diving right into a technical post with our BUILD Manual series. For this fourth edition, we’re covering our curbless shower detail. We’ve fine-tuned this detail over many years, and we’ve implemented it regularly with great results, so it was time to create its own guide. The seamless floor transition from the bathroom to shower area creates a clean-lined aesthetic that looks great and functions well. The removal of the curb allows for ease of entry into the shower area and makes cleaning the floor straightforward. Our detail guide shows how we put this together, both for a framed floor and a slab on grade application. For more coverage on the curbless shower, check out our previous post on the subject.
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Header Alignment Guide


[All images by BUILD LLC] The alignment of windows, doors and siding breaks at the exterior of a residence or building is a subtle detail that brings harmony and an intention to a project. It’s an indicator of a careful design process and a mindful construction sequence. But when alignment doesn’t occur between exterior features, the composition can be a significant distraction from an otherwise congruent building envelope. The most challenging of these to accomplish is maintaining a clean horizontal line around a structure above doors and windows at the siding break. Because each door and window system has its own logic and assembly, much of the design exercise deals with finding a common denominator between the different systems and the siding. The top of a window flange, for instance, attaches straight to the framing, while some sliding door systems require a significant space between the door track head and
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Flush Base Guide


[Photo by BUILD LLC] Our second edition of the BUILD Manual covers an interior flush base design that we’ve been refining for years, and we’re at a good point to share the detail along with the relevant technicalities and construction methods. The minimal aesthetic and durability have made it a favorite detail at BUILD, and we design it into most of our residential projects. It also integrates nicely with windows, doors, and cabinetry. While it’s a bit more intricate than an applied base, we’ve found that once the trades are trained on the detail, it’s a straightforward and reliable application. We’ve covered the various transitions using the flush base detail here and here.
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Advanced Rainscreen Envelope Detailing


[All images by BUILD LLC] There are a number of rainscreen details that team BUILD has been fine-tuning and implementing and the recently completed Pham Residence in Bellevue, Washington is an excellent project to review the latest application. Because the structure is a simple box, there was more reliance on the rainscreen to develop massing, depth and articulation (more information about the genesis of the design can be found here). While the structural systems of the residence (the shearwalls and bearing walls) remain in a single vertical plane along the east elevation, it was important that the envelope show a change in both plane and material. This strategy relies on both a deep and a shallow rainscreen system, where each depth is developed via the thickness of the vertical battens separating the rainscreen from the water resistant barrier. In the case of the Pham Residence, the rainscreen is either Oculus aluminum
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