Sunday, August 30, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Dura-wall (normally used in cinder block buildings)
used in between bales to add strength to the walls
Many bales had to be retied to new sizes to fit into the walls
Another form of bale alteration came in the form of
trimming with a weed wacker. Much harder than it looks.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
14"x10' logs $50 a piece. Sounds like a deal until you
realize that you have to make them pretty yourself.
Yea for Richard's help!
Russ routing out the bottom of columns to countersink
the metal plates- so they are safely attached to the
foundation and sit flush with slab.
A LOT of sanding later and we have 3 beautiful
natural porch columns on each side of our house!
It began with a double stack of treated 2x4's and 2x6's on
top of the footings running parallel around the perimeter of the house.
Then came the 2x12's and metal Simson Ties and we were vertical.
Box beams on top of the 2x12 posts- and we have the main supports for the roof.
Making our house a "Post and Beam House with Cellulose (strawbale) Insulation"
That is how the bank refers to our house.
This is a view of the south facing wall that will have five large
windows for maximum passive solar heating in the winter.
(Passive solar means that we will be taking advantage of the
sunshine coming thru the windows in the winter and adding
extra free heat to the inside of the house)
Interior walls are framed like a regular "stick built" house.
Interior view of our open living, dining, kitchen room with
Mixed in the cement truck was a brown pigment making the
concrete a dark dark brown thru and thru.
Then we had a Jackson Pollock party with powdered
pigments thrown onto the service staining just the
surface of the concrete- it was super fun!
Gravel was poured between the footings and leveled.
Then came the $20 a sheet 2" blue foam board. We are the proud
owners of 70 of them!
Then the battle with, the very hard to work with, PEX tubing for the
radiant heated floor. Hot water will run thru the tubing heating the
concrete floor and therefore the whole house!