krista@veldarchitect.com

THE AGRITECT

A blog about all things rural and agritourism related

Free Heating!

Its -25 outside and the furnace in a passive house probably isn’t running! How is that possible? Careful thought at the very beginning of building design and some free heat from the sun!

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“Do you do Permit Drawings?”

This is a question I get asked a lot. Of course I do permit drawings; its a necessary part of the design/building process, but as an architect I can do so much more for your project! A lot of decisions need to be made before arriving at a set of permit drawings, even if you […]

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Baby, its warm inside! Cost-effective insulation

Baby it’s warm inside! Cost effective insulation

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All Decked out!

My brother-in-law is a carpenter with his own company Hulshof Carpentry and he told me the other day that his favorite thing to build is decks. Because everyone loves getting their new deck to have a party or enjoy the lovely weather! And since spring is finally here in Ontario many of you might be […]

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to LEED® or not to LEED®…

…that is the question I get all the time. But first, what is LEED®. LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a process of third part certification that determines the energy performance of your building. Based on a scoring system you can achieve a number of different levels; just certified (40-49 […]

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Farmer meet Building Code, Building Code, this is Farmer…

I can just image how the conversation would go after that introduction…Farmer; “why do I need to put a sprinkler system, fire alarm, washrooms, in my building? its just a barn! With all this red tape and regulation your going to put me out of business!!” Building Code; “The requirements are a health and safety […]

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“Healthy agritourism is like having a factory in your economic community”

This quote by Vance Blackmore was the introduction to a conference dedicated to agritousim in hosted by Tourism Middlesex last month. The event was aptly called ‘Beyond the City Lights’ originally initiated by OMAFRA. He was referring to the equine industry in Middlesex County and its ability to generate income and economic growth in the community through tourism. […]

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Farm Yard Design

When the helicopter photographers come knocking at your door each year asking if you would like a photo taken of your farmstead from the air. Do you shudder at the mess and disorganization of the yard, or are you proud to see the life you have built. If your like most farmers, its a combination […]

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Hay and Straw Storage as Insulation?

I'm sure you've heard of straw bale houses, but did you ever think that you could use your straw and hay storage as insulation for your farm buildings? Straw and Hay makes a great insulator because it is full of air pockets, air being a great thermal break that does not allow heat to be […]

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