jefftk

Software engineer at the Nucleic Acid Observatory in Boston.

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Consider taking long car rides at night. It will be much less boring for the kids because they sleep and maybe even one parent too.

On the other hand there's an increased risk of accident (driver falls asleep). I generally try to avoid driving late, or caffeinate when I do (but then sleeping after is generally pretty hard because I can't immediately go from "chemically alert enough to drive" to "sleepy enough to doze off")

That's a great idea! I just wrote to the architect for our dormer work:

Thanks again for designing our 2016 dormer addition: the design has worked well, and it's very helpful to have the extra space, especially now that we have a third kid!

I'm looking into affordable housing construction in Somerville, where we now have an affordable housing overlay district which allows construction of much denser housing than would normally be allowed as long as the units are all sold or rented under affordable housing restrictions.  I'm trying to figure out costs, in a very rough ballpark way, as part of looking into whether it could work for groups of neighbors to get together to fund affordable housing construction.

Would you happen to have any rules of thumb for estimating the cost per square foot of no-frills construction in this area?  For example, I see the census saying new construction in the Northeast had a median cost of $179/sqft in 2021, but my guess is places like Somerville are more expensive than average?  Alternatively, do you have any recommendations on who to ask?

If you're able to help I'd be happy to credit you or link back to your website from my writeup!

One way what I'm doing here is a bit easier is that I'm not actually doing a perspective sketch. This is a parallel projection, where parallel lines in reality remain parallel in the drawing. That means it doesn't look exactly like anything you might actually see, but it's close and much easier to draw.

The style of the second drawing is a bit easier than the first. You start by sketching everything that's in one plane, with vertical lines vertical and horizontal lines that are perpendicular to you horizontal. To make things the right size you can use a ruler and pick some a scale: 1 inch to the foot or something. Then when you need to draw a horizontal lines that are "coming out of the page" instead make them at an angle. Exactly which angle you choose doesn't matter that much, but once you've picked that angle you should make sure anything else parallel uses exactly the same angle.

I haven't taken a class, but this also isn't something I was born able to do. Just lots of doing it until I have results I like.

It's also light, and lightness has a lot of metaphorical connotations

I'm pretty strongly disagree about the claim that bedrooms are worthless. They give much better sound isolation than alcoves, which is really important for good sleep.

If I want to make it clear that cars should continue I turn my back to the road

What's the minimum horizontal dimension where you live?

(There are also a lot of things which are not a good choice if you are flipping because buyers will not like them, but are not literally illegal)

  1. Rough sketch freehand with a pencil to get a sense of how the things fit together.

  2. With that as a reference I make something with a pencil and a ruler. In this step I draw every line, even for ones that should be included, and I'm careful not to press too hard.

  3. Pen and ruler, inking the lines that should be on top.

  4. After the ink has dried, I lightly go over it with an eraser to remove any stray pencil lines.

We built this in 2017 and it passed planning review and inspection in MA. Working with the architect at the time and looking at code to confirm, it needed to be at least 7ft in the shortest direction (it is exactly) and 70sqft (it's more like 80) and there was no requirement for a closet.

Are you sure about 1 and 2?

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