Interesting Links from Across the Web: July Edition

Each month for our Insights newsletter, I round up some of the more interesting news items from around the web.

In the photo above, we take a sneak peek at one of our filming locations. That’s contractor and educator Gary Katz filming a how-to video for Weyerhaeuser Distribution. Stay tuned to our Facebook and YouTube channel for the finished product!

Arcadia and Sutton win safety awards

osb-safeCongratulations to our teams at Arcadia (Louisiana) and Sutton (West Virginia) OSB mills on their APA Safety & Health Awards. Both mills were honored for achieving a zero incident rate in 2012. Well done!

Pictured at left is Weyerhaeuser Arcadia OSB Plant Mill Manager Curtis Rhodes (pictured at left) receiving an Incident-Free Honor Society award from APA Chairman Mary Jo Nyblad.

Arcadia and Sutton are just a couple of seventeen APA member mills that achieved a zero incident rate (no recordable safety-related incidents) in 2012.

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Structural solutions for open floor plans

Design trends come and go, but one change that’s likely to be permanent is home buyers’ desire for more open floor plans that provide better space for entertaining, encourage interaction, and open up interior rooms to more natural light.

Old layouts that compartmentalize first-floor rooms into formalized spaces have given way to flowing great rooms combining kitchen, dining, and living. Such floor plans also support the idea of “flex space,” with rooms able to shift roles as a family’s needs change.

Read more about making great rooms even greater.

Making smaller homes live large

Designing production homes once meant cramming as many rooms as possible into a given footprint. But this I-have-more-rooms-than-you approach didn’t really consider how people live. It locked you into having to design both living and dining rooms, and eventually, it gave birth to the open plan.

Two-story homes, with their natural separation of function, benefited. But smaller single-story houses suffered. They offered more space for gathering areas, but circulation zones were cramped or undefined. Master bedrooms were set too close to shared space. Living/dining, set at the front of the house, became a pass-through zone, not an inviting hangout. The open plan became a bit too open for many modest production homes.

Read more about how to make a smaller one-story home live large.

Wooden clocks by Okum Made

clockDesigners David Okum and Javier Palomares joined together earlier this year to form a little design studio called Okum Made. The duo are releasing a number of functional home objects made of wood and other materials including this new series of clocks called O’Clock. There are currently four different designs including American Walnut, Hard White Maple, Douglas Fir and Cork and you can pick them up over in their shop.

Jonathan Rundle
Jonathan Rundle