Friday, April 30, 2010


The Iowa State Bridge Studio will be coming to Corning tomorrow (May 1st) to display the work we have done this semester on the Corning House.  You can meet us down at the community center at 1:00 PM to see the work and talk with the designers.  We'll be around till about 5:00 PM to talk about the design.  See you there.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cut & Fill 101

Click on each photo to get a closer look

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New House Images

Here is the front of the Corning house based on the plan revisions.  The porch wraps around the house and extends the usable living space beyond the interior.  There are plenty of windows, making the interior bright and increasing the connection to the outdoors.  Although the home has a contemporary feel, the design incorporates and reinterprets traditional architectural features.
The back of the Corning house connects to either a garage or carport and includes a no-step entry for easy accessibility.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Adams County hits front page!

The front page of today's Des Moines Register features an article entitled "Iowa's Smallest County" by Jens Krogstad that discusses life in Adams County, home of Bridge Studio 2010. Alas, the section on the studio was left on the cutting room floor (I did talk to the reporter) but it's still a good article and great publicity for Iowa's smallest county!

Here's a link:

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Revisions

Take a look at our newest approach to the Sol.  Feel free to comment as we always like to hear from our fans.

Rain Gardens

As per our Iowa Green Streets requirements, we will have to capture, retain, infiltrate and/or harvest the first 1.25 inches of rain that falls in a 24-hour period.  This is mandatory for new construction project applications submitted after January 1st, 2010.  As such our site team has been searching for examples of attractive rain water retention gardens and here's what we've found.  Feel free to comment on which one you like best!

Also, check out this link to learn more about rain gardens!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Design Revisions

We've made some design revisions to include comments we've received. We're now working with the following parameters:

1. Finished space that will be built should all be on one level, around 1000 square feet, with 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath.
2. House should have a full basement with egress windows for potential future expansion.
3. A more traditional exterior is preferred.

We have a revised version of the bungalow (Beta), Elodie, and 3 variations on Sol. The exterior image can be used for any of the plans. Please let us know what you think!

This is the Beta bungalow plan.

This is the Elodie plan. Note that the bedrooms are facing the street, kitchen and living area in back near garage.

This is Sol version 1 - kitchen is closer to the back door. A full wall at the stair allows for cabinets.

Here's Sol version 2 - the kitchen is again closer to the garage but stair is open with cabinets against the exterior wall.

This is the original Sol (now version 3) with the kitchen in the northeast corner.

And finally an exterior image that would work with any of the plans. The roof would be built with trusses with insulation in the ceiling between attic and living space.