Drawings, Site Visits + Construction on a remote island | Outpost – Part 9

Foundation + site work has begun on the island Outpost project and we’re faced with an important decision. See the drawings I prepare for this stage of construction, the design considerations for the foundation strategy and walk the site as I review progress.

Our initial foundation strategy to use posts + piers was thwarted by higher than expected bedrock (ledge) elevations. You’ll see what the changes we made and all steps we took to design a sensible alternative. Architectural drawings order and organize information and ensure our design decisions are enacted in the field, but they’re also not fixed instruments, inevitably the construction offer unexpected obstacles and the purpose of conducting site visits is to solve these in real-time. The drawings must also take into account the sequence and order of operations on a construction site, it’s quite possible to draw something that can’t actually be built. See how I build my architectural drawing sets with this in mind.

There’s nothing more rewarding as an architect than seeing your ideas realized in physical form. It’s a complete thrill for me each and every time. I’m honored to have such an incredible team of collaborators that make this possible. Without generous clients (and their willingness to share the process so openly) and skilled craftspeople to assemble the parts none of this is possible. So too, the privilege to bring you along for the journey. Thanks for watching + supporting my work, I appreciate you all!

00:00 Building on an island
00:41 Choosing + designing a foundation system
01:51 Slab on grade
04:01 Post + pier
06:09 Frost wall + crawlspace
08:47 Making changes
09:40 Drawing the foundation plan
10:51 Locating the building on-site
12:00 What to include on the foundation plan
13:25 Checklists (in Notion)
13:46 Site walk + tour
15:24 An office with a view
16:14 “This is the worst one…”

Contracting: Luther Smith Construction

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