Category: Architectural Design

Residential Braced Wall Design

A few members of Team Engineering recently had the opportunity to attend a specialized training on braced wall requirements for residential buildings. This conference was held by the New Hampshire Home Builder’s association and allowed us, along with many local contractors, to expand our understanding of braced walls. Braced wall requirements are relatively newer to… Read More »

Building Renovations On A Shoreline

It’s my dream to have a peaceful spot near water to rest my feet.  The New Hampshire landscape offers opportunities not found elsewhere in the world for this dream.  Our waters are clean enough to swim.  There is wildlife, …., and blueberries. New Hampshire State shoreline permit requirements and municipal ordinances were created to preserve… Read More »

Residential Barn Renovation

We recently had a client who wished to convert their 1800’s unfinished barn into an in-law apartment in Derry, NH. The exterior aesthetics had its own antique characteristics that the client wanted to maintain, while the interior was in very poor structural condition. Team Engineering helped design an architectural design to meet the clients wants… Read More »

Engineered Wood I-Joists as Tension Members

Engineering wood I-joists (TJI, BCI, AJS, etc…) are a popular choice for floor framing members in wood-frame construction, and we like them for the same reason others do: they are very efficient structural members, meaning they carry a lot of loads compared to their own weight. And since they are made from engineered wood products,… Read More »

The Magic of Magic Plan

             Team Engineering has recently stumbled across an amazing app called Magic Plan that can scan a building’s existing conditions in a super-efficient timeframe. It works on our phones and tablets by scanning the room with the device’s camera. By pinpointing the corners of the room, the app automatically generates… Read More »

New Hampshire Residential Energy Code: R-Values

When architecturally designing a residential building, the New Hampshire Energy Code is a factor that must be considered throughout the design process. New Hampshire has the adopted the IRC 2015 Energy Code and these, as well as locally amended, requirements must be met in all new construction projects. Often these include prescriptive R-values. An R-value… Read More »

Return on Investment in Engineering

Of all our 2021 projects, one of our favorites was the waterfront cottage where, when the rest of the world was panicking about skyrocketing lumber prices and “supply chain trouble”, we pivoted with our client to harvest timber off the land for use in the construction of the porch.  Roof posts cantilevered through the deck… Read More »