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2008 Civil Engineer award in housing goes to…

April 26th, 2009

What can you say.


Eric Diener

January 9th, 2009

Since most of my client are spread out all over the US and Canada, I rarely have the opportunity to meet them in person. With sadness one of thew few that I do see, Eric Diener, passed away Dec. 29. I saw him a few weeks before to give him some plans. He was one of those I always enjoyed working with. His integrity was exceptional. He was honest, and built very high quality homes in the Asheville. He will be missed.

Below is his obituary.

Montgomery, Ala. – Eric Edwin Diener, 39, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 29th 2008 in Montgomery, AL.

Eric was born in Newport, RI and lived in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area for most of his life.

For the past four years he lived in Asheville with his wife and dogs.

Eric was a self-employed home builder, a passionate humanitarian and loving husband.

Deeply saddened by this loss are his wife Laura Dominkovic, his parents Thomas and Patricia (Pam) Diener of Brentwood, TN, his sister Erin Diener of Wilmington, NC, and many dear friends.

A memorial service will be held January 11, 2009, at 1:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place. Weather permitting, his ashes will be spread in Graveyard Fields after the service (dress appropriately), followed by a reception at the home, 29 Spinet Street.

Memorials gifts may be donated to Save the Children (http://www.savethechildre

To donate to a specific country, call 1-800-7283848.

Eric was dedicated to supporting countries in critical need, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, Gaza strip, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Rest in peace, my love!

Dianne’s studio photos

July 24th, 2007

Photos are now posted for Dianne’s studio.

If anyone has interest in this studio as a stock house plan, let me know. While it does have the flavor of a bungalow or craftsman style house plan, it is a just one room workshop. Much of the detailing was done as I got to that point in the construction, so to make a stock house plan out of it, would require some work since much of the detailing was not drawn out (except on the lumber:) However, this is the most fun to do, so I would like to if the interest is there.


Gable details

July 12th, 2007

Well, interesting and creative detailing. Not my wording below, not sure of the source.

A city councilman in Utah, Mark Easton, had a beautiful view of the east mountains, until a new neighbor purchased the lot below his house and built a new home.

The new home was 18 inches higher than the ordinances would allow, so Mark Easton, mad about his lost view, went to the city to make sure they enforced the lower roof line ordinance. The new neighbor had to drop the roof line, at great expense.

Recently, Mark Easton called the city, and informed them that his new neighbor had installed some vents on the side of his home. Mark didn’t like the look of these vents and asked the city to investigate. When they went to Mark’s home to see the vent view, this is what they found…

First entry

April 18th, 2007

I can’t think of a more relevant topic today for a house plan site like this, than going “Green”. If you are buying a new home, please don’t, unless the builder has some credibility in this area. There are different ”Green” programs in different areas of the country a builder can go to be qualified to display a “seal of approval”. Don’t buy from a contractor who does not demonstrate a high level of awareness of these new standards. Most of my business is with builders, not individuals, so this could be offensive to some who ignore these principles. Sorry, not meaning to stop someone from buying your product, but I hope my plans are only built by builders with this awareness. Fortunately, this is a rapidly growing practice. One builder I know who does a great job at this, has a very nice web site illustrating their work and principles. You can see it at…