Sure has been a busy week, trying to keep up with all the tradesmen’s questions and making sure that we’re staying ahead of the builders with our automation wiring. I spent a good part of the weekend with my father running over 2000 feet of audio/automation wiring, and then until 10:30 PM last night with Craig running a bit more. Looks like we’re staying ahead, just barely, of the builders as they quickly finish up the siding and head-on towards the interior work.
As you can see, there really isn’t too much exterior work left. They’d actually be all done, except they ran out of siding by about 6 pieces. So onto the interior work, but YIKES I’m not completely ready with my automation wiring. Thankfully, the two of them will give me a hand tomorrow running a few wires to a large section of the house that is almost ready so that they can start insulating and putting up drywall.
Hopefully that means the house will soon be a little bit warmer. I’ve noticed on beautiful/sunny days like we had today that the house actually stays colder than it is outside. Think, giant thermal mass, and you’ll quickly understand. When it gets cold at night, this uninsulated house with no heat stores an awfully lot of “cold energy” in the slab. Great thing in the summer when it’s superhot during the day and cold at night… almost like a natural air conditioner, but not so good right now when it’s already chilly. This won’t be an issue once we are insulated and the slab is warm. Then it’ll be just that much more difficult to cool it down.
Did I say heat? Our oil tank, Pensotti boiler, water heater, and everything else needed to put the radiant heat system together showed up today. The two mechanical guys Gary and Joe spent most of the afternoon figuring out where things would fit together/work best and will hopefully be getting heat into this place very soon!
We’re also trying out some Armstrong laminate flooring and slate colored tile.
I’m absolutely in love with the flooring on the left for the main part of the house, but mom is not yet convinced. I understand her hesitation, so far we have looked at 3 different colors of this Armstrong flooring and at least one board in every box has been chipped or screwed up in some way. Will this stuff stand up to my wheelchair?
Are you going to add solar hot water heaters?
That was definitely the original hope, and over the past few months I've had some great phone calls and dialogue with the president of Planet Green Group about a partnership and some assistance to that effect, but as the project has progressed towards reality they have dropped back and stopped returning my e-mails. Unfortunate, because it looks like a really great group that is doing some incredible things building green homes and I would have loved partnering with them.So the short answer, probably not, because we are already stretching the budget enough as it is.