Just a couple photos of the outside painting done. Well almost done, I’ll get the bilco door painted this week.  These photos show the brown trim, the white porch columns and beams.  Plus the cooper porch is almost done.99 Painting done (2) 99 Painting done 3 99 Painting Done

Finishing up the Exterior

The siding is about done, they just finished up the porch columns, and the porch roof.  On Saturday the painters started the exterior trim. First getting the dormer windows done so the roofers can finish the porch roof. They got a coat of paint on the columns and big family room windows.  It rained Sunday and today so no more painting till tomorrow, or the next day.

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Porch Pillars & Columns

Once it warmed some more and the siding installation was underway the mason could start work on the masonry pillars.  First chimney blocks were mounted on the porch deck, filled with concrete, and caped.  The columns are put in place and the roof is strapped to a rod imbedded into the pillar.

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Again, not every thing lines up like the drawings.  The beam on the porch roof wasn’t center on the columns and need building up.  See photos.

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And almost done.

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Into Second gear

Yesterday they poured the porch decks, very nice work.  Rob’s guys are finishing up the doors and some framing errors we found.  Designing all the details for a custom one off house the has such insulation requirements isn’t easy, nor having framers follow the drawings.  On the second floor a couple walls didn’t get doubled. And when we looks at attaching the ledger board we saw we couldn’t and we wouldn’t have been able to get the right amount of insulation because of the placement of TJI under the pointed end of the family room. I’ll take some photos tomorrow.

Most High Performance; Passive House; and Net-Zero house are two story rectangular in design.  The second story the same size as the first, this makes lots of things easier.  Our is not, thus some implantation challenges.

Yesterday and today the parking lot was full: plumber, Heat and ventilation guys, Rob’s guys.  Everything is moving forward quickly now.

I’ve told the guys that nothing goes in the outside wall.   Only things that are absolutely necessary and can’t go in an inside wall.  The integrity of the “insulation envelope” is top priority.  The plumber had some pipes that had to go in the inside wall.  The HVAC guys put some of their pipes there too, but I had to get them to move them to inside walls.

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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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