Our next issue is with the printer and should be landing in mailboxes shortly. We kept our managing editor, Allan Britnell, busy on his summer vacation working on the two main features in the issue. One is about a road trip he took with his family to Chicago early in the summer. But the Britnell family doesn’t stay in hotels when they travel; they’ve avid fans of home exchanges. In this case, they had the chance to stay in a home designed by famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
Those of you with the travel bug who are looking for an interesting and affordable way to explore the world will want to take note of his sidebar, “Home Exchanges 101,” where he explains the ins and outs of swapping homes.
I know he also went abroad later in the summer, travelling to Denmark and Spain. (The guy likes to travel!) While there he took more notes and photos of some of the unique building practices and designs he spotted that we’ll include in another travelogue in an upcoming issue.
The other feature in this issue, “Building an Envelope,” obviously enough looks at the various components of the building envelope, covering everything from foundations to roofing materials.
Finally, I’m very pleased to welcome aboard our newest columnist, Manny Neves of Hardcore Renos. We profiled Neves back in our February/March issue where readers learned of his unusual route to the business that starts with a filmmaker’s eye and includes a lifelong passion for architecture. Going forward, in each issue of the magazine he’ll explore a topic of concern for contractors in his piece, “What’s on Manny’s Mind?!?”
Of course, we’re always interested to hear what’s on your mind as well. Send your ideas, comments, and suggests to Allan at firstname.lastname@example.org.