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Egads: any idea who manufactures those pvc airducts? (I'll web search)

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Here's what I found:
http://www.akduct.com/

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Tom wrote:Also, anybody know what the small copper pipes are that come vertically out of the dirt and then spread radially and horizontally out 360 degrees?
Still looking for an answer to this question. Anybody??

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The copper pipes are part of a geothermal heat pump system. They are laid on the south and east sides now and will be installed on the north and west as well when the other work permits.

See this for more info

http://www.buildingtheusonianhouse.com/resources.html

and her are more pics

http://02f7a98.netsolhost.com/JulyGallery/index5.html

Mike

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Post by Rood »

Mr. Maquire. You seem knowledgeable about construction of the "faculty house" at Florida Southern. Can you verify if the structure is based on the plan mentioned below? If so, have any changes been made to Wright's design ... either in plan or elevation?

Rood

The Usonian House is undoubtedly the Faculty House featured in Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph: 1937-1941... plates 165-166.

The plan is a slight variation of the more commonly known Hause house project from the 1940 Usonia housing development for Lansing, Michigan ... the same design which, over the years, went through many variations, including but not limited to Loveness I.


Plans and elevations can be found here:

http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewtopic.php?t=5639

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I think the answer is yes. Some changes to the original plans are required to meet modern codes and hurricane readiness, but in its essence it is what Wright designed. According to more knowledgeable sources, it is the first Wright structure built for the original client on the original site since 1966, so I imagine it to be as close to his vision as practical.

See this for more info:

http://www.theledger.com/article/201107 ... l&tc=pgall

Mike

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Post by Rood »

Thank you, Mr. Maguire. You bring good news.

Do you know if it's possible to post a floor plan of the new structure, here?

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I'm sorry I don't. But I'll look into it.

Mike

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Mr. Maquire:

I would like you to suggest to the powers that are running the website that they add a page that includes the specific names (and websites) of the manufacturers who are producing the materials and fixtures used in the house.

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Post by Tom »

Second that.
Like a list of credits, good advertising as well.

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Post by michaelmaguire »

Gentlemen,

The website is ours (The Maguires of Lakeland) and your suggestions are welcome and will be considered. If you will post comments on the blog, we may all be better informed as we gain readers and interested parties who may know a lot more than we do.

Thank you for your interest.

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Post by Tom »

Okay, I've started some questions on the Maguire Usonian site. It's hard to understand the sequencing of the photos.
Anyway it looks like the small copper tube radial array is attached to a vertical black pvc goethermal tube well. What I don't understand is that the horizontal copper tubes runs are in the bottom of a pit maybe as far down as ten feet from the house slab itself. I've never seen this. Don't understand what's going on.

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Mr. Maguire,
Do you know the manufacturer of the geothermal system being used?

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Post by michaelmaguire »

Good morning.

The photos are sequenced in descending date (and time) order and reflect the fact that I take them rather randomly. Based on the article I found regarding geothermal heat pumps in general,

http://www.buildingtheusonianhouse.com/resources.html

it looks like the field of copper is there to provide a large base of constant temperature, which will eventually encircle the house. I don't have any data on suppliers or manufacturers but I don't mind trying to find it.

Michael

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Post by Tom »

Has anybody else tried to post a comment to the Maguire website: Building The Usonian? I've tried but my remarks don't seem to get posted? No big deal just curious.

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