When I was teaching architecture and sustainability, I would tell my students to strive for the “sweet spot”. It’s a point you hit in your design where the project begins to design itself, solving its own problems - almost like it comes alive. Good design does that; by making solid, well-founded decisions right out of [...]
PHNX Home is more process than product. PHNX was not born as a Silicon Valley start-up by people who have no experience in the design/construction industry. Nor is it dependent upon new, untested materials or technology. PHNX is not "modular" or "manufactured". It is a home that is designed uniquely for you, on your property, [...]
PHNX Development and our strategic partners are proud to launch a first-of-its-kind free resource for wildfire survivors: WhereDoWeGoFromHere.us. For the first time, everything you need to know about wildfire preparedness, fire evacuation and advice on rebuilding can be found in one place. Our three-part animated series offers compassionate support, inspired by principles of Trauma Informed [...]
After losing their home in the November 2019 Tick Fire, the Palos family is on the final leg of their journey back home. Even faced with enormous supply chain challenges, PHNX is nonetheless completing construction on this fire rebuild in 10 months. The Palos' engaged PHNX in April 2020 - less than 20 months from [...]
According to Marcus Lu's great analysis of the recent explosion in lumber prices on the website Visual Capitalist, over the last year the price of lumber has increased a whopping 377%. He uses a fascinating, easy to understand metric: How many homes could be built with $50,000 in lumber, then and now? The answer is [...]
Topics like architecture, home design and construction are popular things to talk about; it's very common in social contexts for professionals in the design and construction industries to be approached to talk about what we do. When someone tells us how passionate they are about design and construction, sometimes it seems like they're forgetting that [...]
Installation of the second floor iSpan Composite Deck. All PHNX Homes have concrete floors, whether on the ground level or an upper story. After the proprietary joist and decking system is in place, we will pour the 3" concrete slab. Next step: setting the forms for the second story walls! Watch this space!!
The building codes (International Building Code and California Building Code) categorize building methods and materials into five “types”, according to degrees of combustibility. Type I is the most restrictive and non-combustible, whereas Type V is the least fire-resistant and allows combustible materials. Amazingly, even in the face of tragic wildfires, California homes are still built [...]
The Palos Family lost their home in the October 2019 Tick Fire in Santa Clarita, California. They engaged PHNX in April 2020, and this lovely family will be in their NEW HOME by year's end!
In our search for solutions, insulated concrete forms wound up making a lot of sense as our basic structural system. Concrete is a plastic material; it can take just about any shape we want it to. Compare that to steel framing, for example - the almost infinite number of sizes, gauges, studs, channels, blocking, etc [...]