Insulation + insolation = warm house

We went with dense pack cellulose.  The installers show up with a truck in which they have a sort-of reverse vacuum cleaner.  They drill holes in your wall and blow more lint than you’ve ever seen in your life into your walls.  That keeps the house warm and and the large east and southern windows make it so.

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Drywall and Air Sealing

It’s usually better to air seal and then put up the drywall.  Air sealing really helps with energy efficiency because you avoid blowing all your precious warm air out in the winter and letting in hot and humid air in during the summer.  A little foam early on can save big buck over the life of a building.  In my case it’s all for naught because I left a big hole in my floor to warm up the box under the house that hold my pipes.  Not having frozen pipes is sometimes worth the energy.  I’m still working on a better solution.Image

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It’s important to get the framing all waterproof as fast as possible.  Tyvek is up top and will be covered by metal and the paper below is …special.  It’s made in Germany because building in this country has not reached the same level of finesse. It’s a ‘weather barrier’ and it sheds water and breathes like tyvek, but it’s black which will not show between the gaps in my cedar rain-screen.

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Building Windows

We used cedar and some nifty hardware to secure our triple pane glass units in place.  The details of our windows are largely based on the windows in a 1940s era apartment that we lived in across town.  Everything is super simple.  Fixed windows are fixed in place on three sides with the bottom open and resting on the window pan for immaculate drainage.  The operable windows are all hinged at the top and propped open with a stick (maybe some neat hardware later).  It’s all kind of experimental though, so we’ll see how it goes.

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Plumbing tubs

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The tub gets installed early so you can enjoy the boot marks from your sub-contractors for the life of your home.

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I kinda like how all this looks.  It’s a shame it’ll get covered up with insulation to keep the drains from freezing.

Torchdown, Flash Up.

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Mr. Moore (whom I’ve recently realized is s great trumpet player) is a jack of all trades. That afternoon we talked about how the town looked 100+ years ago. When he was a kid there were still a few apple trees on orchard street.
This is a torch down roof. With the same torch I borrowed to singe the siding you can melt these bituminous rolls forming a solid barrier to the elements.

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That drip cap will go over the siding keeping water out of the walls.