Painting and Paneling

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Painting and Paneling

I chose a standard ACX plywood in keeping with my theme of refining the standard materials. The paint is, however, not standard. Lime, not the fruit, is the secret. It is the binder that makes this paint exceptional. (see: Unearthed Paints) Unlike the acidic fruit the lime in my paint is very alkaline which will keep it from growing mold…ever. So in a small house with a bathroom and a kitchen that is used just the same as would be in a larger home, moisture will be a factor. The is 100% all natural and has zero VOCs, which is great! And it is cost competitive with low VOC paint which still has toxic fumes, but it is not that easy to apply. Basically, you have to brush it on, so if you get paint like this, get a really big brush.

Flooring

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Flooring

Marmoleum is a marvelous material once known as linoleum. Lin’ from linseed and ‘oleum as in oil, but over the years it can come to be conflated with vinyl as in polyvinyl chloride a cheap and durable material with one of the most toxic processes of production known to humanity. So, this is one of the things that we dished out for. We paid a premium to have a really great, commercial quality flooring that will last and is not made out of cancer. Plus, it’s really pretty!

Installing Windows

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Installing Windows

Goop the glass and set it; batten it down; and tack it up. That’s how it’s done, but don’t think it is easy. I chose to make my own windows because I wanted to have a comfortable, draft-free house. To achieve this all the surfaces inside the house must be warm enough not to reach dew point or create a noticeable radiant imbalance. To make that happen the windows had to be triple pane, and the cheapest triple pane window is just glass, so I ordered just glass and made my own frames for the windows that I wanted to open. The big windows have no frames. The jury is out as to whether I saved any money, but the windows do seem to be functioning.

Installing the Door

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Installing the Door

This door is awesome, but very heavy. Finding enough people to help carry it was harder than installing it. It’s bomb-proof triple glazing because it was ordered for a different house, but ended up surplus. Win for me. The frame is a sustainably-harvestable, tropical hardwood that won’t need refinishing for ten years or more. Once I adjusted this is closed like the door of a new Mercedes. It’s beautiful and so very functional.