Back in First gear

The cold and snow allowed the guy to finish the windows and doors all alone. Just waiting a extra deep threshold for the front door.

After getting plowed out Sunday evening and hiring two day labors to dig out paths to the house on Tuesday, way to much snow for the Gator.  The concrete guys could prep the porches for the pour. The forecast says there is a burst of warm weather coming,  three days next week, so we should be able to get the porch decks poured.


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Bad News

Bad news.  The guys are installing the doors, but once they are done we will be idling.  The next step is to pour the concrete porches, but because of the cold snap we can’t.  The finished concrete has to have an over night temperature above 32 degrees to cur, and in the 10 day forecast there are none.  We need the porch floors in to set the height of the siding.   So the siding is on hold and the close cell foam doesn’t like the low temperatures either.   Better to just wait for the January thaw.

Window Trim

The guys are finishing the windows by installing the trim package. They are using a new synthetic material Boral Truexterior that Rob says is better the AZEK for a number or reasons. It’s properties are very similar to wood but it doesn’t have wood’s negative properties.  And it’s paintable. When spring comes the trim will be painted a dark brown to match the windows.

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More Windows

Still working on the windows.  Chris from Klearwalls came down from NYC to answer some questions we had on the windows and doors. He doubled checked the fine adjustments of all the windows.

He told me that in Ireland and I think the full UK,  that all house are getting an energy ratings.  Old, very old and new, and the rating is published when a house is listed for sale.  That really adds value to an energy efficient house.

The attached photos are the windows in each stage of insulation.  Installing windows so that they are air tight isn’t easy.  Lots of steps and lots of care to get it right is a challenge.  Note all the tape, there is a tape for each function. Inside tape, outside tape………..  And finally the trim is added.

Now with all the windows in, and some sealed it’s amazing how warm the house is. Remember, it already has R-6.6 with the sheathing.


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They worked all week on the first floor windows, with great progress.  It’s nice being inside with the light.  The guys installing the window said Friday “nice windows”. They have never see a European style window before, let alone a window the meets the German Passive House standard.   One of the challenges with the windows is the big ones are heavy, and two they have to be sealed tighter the regular windows be cause of the tightness that house has to be to pass the Zero Energy Ready Homes standard. And third they have to be installed in the middle on the 10″ thick wall.


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Let there be Light

Today they started the windows installation buy cutting out the window holes. It was 9 degrees this morning (burrrrr) when they started. Also they worked on the first window installation, learning ho to install these European style windows, not an easy task.

Opening the window holes finally gave us a feeling of the amount of light we will get from all the windows.

And Dave my roofer started on the flashing.

Yesterday I was brush whacking trails around the 8 acers with a rented BobCat T300 track steer, But at the end of the day it blew a hydraulic line and was out of commission today.

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