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Ideas for this floorplan Pt. II

....and I'm back! The system wouldn't let me reply to my own thread. It kept marking my reply as spam.

It's been a while since I posted an update to my thread but here it is.

I have processed all of the feedback given to me and applied this to my original wants. The idea is an open plan, living areas to the south, concentrate plumbing in one area, large master with walk-in shower, tub, master bed with walk-in closet, large kitchen, et cetera and this is where I am. I moved the master closet back up to the north wall again and I've added lots of other closet spaces.

Asked By Drew Baden | Dec 14 16
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Solar glazing

With all of the excellent advice I've been given, I decided to join GBA today to show my appreciation and support.

In my opinion, the value I've gathered thus far exceeds the amount of the membership cost.

At any rate, many of you have seen my plans that I'm creating and now I'd like to discuss my window options. I have decided to utilize the attic space as a bonus room and tossed a couple of windows up there.

I have my eye on Intus windows but I'll also price thermotech since they're geographically nearer to me. I'm still sourcing a manufacturer for the doors.

Asked By Drew Baden | Apr 8 16
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Building envelope and insulation for new build holiday home

I am sorry this is so long, but your expert thoughts are greatly appreciated!
- In the planning stages of a two storey holiday home with an unheated garage below and 2 bedroom with living area and small bathroom on the second floor.
- 40 x 30’ foot print, about 800sq ft for the living area. 1:12 “Flat” roof
- Climate zone 4 marine (north of Vancouver, Canada). Temperature rarely drops below about 28F and the building will be unheated and unoccupied for long periods in winter. Summers are warm but typically not humid.

Asked By Quinn Sievewright | Feb 13 17
1 Answer

Insulating an historic house's attic

Hi all!

I live in Montgomery County, PA, which is at the northern edge of the 4-A climate zone according to the map on this site.

Asked By Robin Klingsberg | Jan 15 17
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Construction Docs, quick review please

It's been a long journey but we're at the stage to begin construction in the next couple months. My architects did a stellar job combining our aesthetic vision with green energy design. For my own peace of mind I am hoping to have the experts here take a look at the construction details. Let me (and my builder, who will be dropping in on this thread) know if you have any major concerns with the construction details. The house is in 5A, oriented East-West (roof slope facing south). There is a wrap around porch, a root cellar beneath one side of the porch, and a walk out basement (south side).

Asked By Clara Kim | Jan 16 17
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New earth sheltered PAHS construction

I would like all opinions regarding my new home construction project. I have a full 3 days experience learning Sketchup and have managed to put several ideas on paper. Please review my plans...and pick holes in them :). I don't guarantee to change my mind, but I do promise to research varying opinions thoroughly and supporting data would be appreciated.

Mixed humid climate Missouri 39 deg latititude
CoMo HDD 5173
CDD 396
Sunny days 195
Humidity ave 70% 83% AM, 56% PM
111 days rain for 46"/yr
10 days snow for 14"/yr

Asked By Laurel Davison | Nov 28 16
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Please pick my plan apart- better now than after it's built.

If anyone wants to provide input it would be greatly appreciated.

This is to be our retirement home. Energy efficient, double stud walls, the walkout is to the south. Masonry wood stove in living room.

Please note the three level breezeway. I struggled with window sizing and ended up with a lot of different sizes based on room use not exterior balance. Not good?

The South First floor overhang is too small. My designer/draftsman changed it to give upstairs windows some room. That will change and go to 9' ceilings in upstairs if needed.


Asked By jim sweazey | Jan 13 17
13 Answers

Suggestions for house plans

Hello again,

Moving on from the great heating advice that we recieved a while back from you guys on here, we're carrying on with the design of our new home. We're still working on a few details of the home plans. We have the shape of the house ironed down but may have to come back to rearrange some partitions inside.
I've spent the last while going through a lot of the articles and discussions on GBA. Some aspects of the house I now feel good about, and they been positively reinforced with the opinions on here.

Asked By Daniel Chidley | Jan 8 17
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Mixed roof insulation methods


We are building a home near Ann Arbor, MI and would like some advice on how to approach a specific portion of our building section.

The majority of the home will have R60 blown in cellulose (blue areas) with Intello Plus underneath. The vaulted (red) area will be R60 closed cell foam. The walls will be EIFS, 2x6 R20 Roxul with 4" EPS exterior foam.

Our concern is the clerestory wall (green and purple).
We will continue the EIFS on the exterior portion of the wall (green), but are a little unsure what to do on the vented ceiling/interior wall (purple) section.

Asked By Eric Burhop | Jan 11 17
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I’m remodeling a roof constructed from tongue-and-groove cedar planks that serve as a cathedral ceiling

I'm re-modeling a roof (~1:4 slope) constructed from 2.75" x 6" cedar planks (tongue & groove) that serve as a cathedral ceiling, structural support, and roof sheathing. (In Climate zone 5.) I have a tentative plan of adding 7.5" of polyiso sheet and then a metal roof.

The part of the house this roof covers is 24' x 28'. The roof has 4.5' overhangs on the north and south sides. The only penetrations are 1 vent fan, a light tube, and vent for water heater.

Asked By Robert Hudson | Nov 13 16
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