Thursday, March 26, 2009

Solar Water, Rainwater Harvesting, and the House is Getting Stoned!

The solar water heater is now hooked up. It was tested and everything is flowing correctly.

The underground rainwater harvesting system is being installed. Here you can see where the system will connect to the gutters. Connection points like this are at most corners of the house.

Here you can see the underground cistern that will hold all the rainwater. It's actually a 1000-gallon septic tank. We were told that a two-inch rainfall will probably fill up the tank, so an overflow and eco-friendly rainwater disbursement system will also be a part of the landscaping.

The house is finally getting stoned! It will take about a week to put all of the stonework on the seven columns around the house, the front porch facing, the chimney, the fireplace, and the stone oven.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

There's a Cricket on our House!

We learned recently what a "cricket on your house" means. It's that little wedge-shaped thing that backs up to your chimney on your roof and it's purpose is to funnel the water away from the chimney.

Cement fiberboard trim is being installed around the garage doors.

The trim is being installed around the windows.

The builder and the siding man discuss how to finish over the front porch. The next picture shows what they decided to do. Build a triangular box and lower the porch ceiling. It will be covered by stonework.

Speaking of stone, they have started prepping the fireplaces. The stone should go up this week.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cabinets, Solar, Arches and Dirt!

Maggie explains where she would like the handles installed on the kitchen cabinets.

Things continue to move right along. The kitchen cabinets, constructed of FSC-certified wood, have been installed and they will soon be measured for the countertops. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and the FSC label ensures that the forest products used are from responsibly harvested and verified sources.

One solar panel has been mounted and the other one along with the rest of the solar water heater system should be installed within the next few days. As you can see by the picture taken from the street, the panel is very hard to see.

The sheetrock for the arches on the first floor have been put up. This required a special type of sheetrock that bends.

And the dirt has arrived for finishing the leveling of the land in front of the house. The dirt was free because it came from a site up the road on I-77 where an automobile dealer is building a new dealership. It saved that contractor some money (and our planet some CO2 emissions) by not having to take it to a landfill much further away.

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