While there are some lesser-used construction methods (such as rammed earth or straw bale construction) that inherently produce thicker walls, one other approach possibly applicable in a remodeling situation is adding rigid insulation boards to the exterior of your house. This is done to increase the energy efficiency of your building envelope at the same time you are trying to give your house a whole new look. For instance, if you want to change your '70s yellow brick rambler to a coastal cottage style using cement fiberboard shingle siding, you may want to beef up the walls with that added insulation while you are at it.
Good design results from careful attention to many details and concepts. We may take the walls in our homes for granted, but their placement and size have a lot to do with the way our homes feel and function.
Ann Robinson and Annie V. Schwemmer are the principal architects and co-founders of a residential architectural firm focused on life-changing remodeling designs at renovationdesigngroup.com. Send comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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