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…
Hello! I subscribed last year to GBA and my renewal is coming up in about a month. I'm considering whether to re-subscribe, and was thinking about the kinds of things…
We are building a custom house, and are nearing our final planning stages before bids with our architect. We are planning to have a wood fireplace on the ground floor,…
Resurrecting this old thread from a few months ago, what if he used one of these? http://www.homebuiltcompany.com/#smallgable It's only 120 sq feet but it's under $30k if you provide all your own labor. There are some larger kits on the site, too.
Posted: 08:34 pm on October 8th 2016
Hey! I asked this question a year and a half ago without a lot of really productive advice. But here's the blog post about it, that links to the Q&A: https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/qa-spotlight/does-fireplace-belong-green-home We still have the Rumford specced in our design and we're still intending to build it (We haven't built the house yet because of other issues). I know it irritated the Energy Consultant (Mike Duclos at DEAP). We are having an external intake, and the Rumford comes with glass doors to seal it, so that's slightly better than nothing. Good luck and I'd love to hear how it goes.
Posted: 06:19 pm on November 29th 2016
Climate Change and Trump I am very concerned about the new administration. Thanks for the summary. It really brings together a lot of the climate concerns in one place.
Posted: 12:25 pm on December 9th 2016
Whew, glad I'm no longer in the floor plan stage. It's tough to get everything you want in the right place! I poked around online to see if I could find anything that got you what you wanted. Here's the closest I could find. The biggest downside is the second bedroom opens directly to the living room. There's also no coat closet at the front entrance. If you flip this horizontally you can get the garage on the west side like you have it. http://www.wdmb.com/images/FloorPlans/3040C.jpg
Posted: 12:59 pm on December 15th 2016
Hi! We went through two architects and lots of plans. So I'm just another consumer like you. Here are my thoughts: Both the main entry and the garage-entry have you stare down a very long hallway. Imagine how that will feel for you and guests. It seems a bit off-putting. I like the idea of a washer/dryer nearby but if you're a light sleeper you'll never be able to run the dryer overnight. Especially with a BEEP at the end of the cycle! The kitchen feels enormous. The whole back wall of cabinetry is what seems to be too much. It seems like it could be 30% smaller and still be a very usable kitchen. The living/kitchen/dining is a very open design. What are your thoughts about the flooring? If you're not going to use the same flooring for all three rooms, how will you transition between them? The second floor has two very large bedrooms. They look like more square footage than your master! If you have planned occupants, they might enjoy all the space. But if they're purely for guests and infrequent ones at that, they're very expensive guest space! Plus if they're mostly guests they won't use closets. In comparison in my current generic-house my second bedroom is no more than 12 by 12. Root cellars are cool, but it may be pretty inconvenient to have to access it through your utility room. If you're coming from a vegetable garden, you go through four doors to get to it. If you're bringing goods from your car, it's Garage - Door - Breezeway - Door - Hallway - More Hallway - Stairs - Door - Utility Room - Door. Whew! If you're curious how we have our place designed, I can send you my floor plans. Let me know where to send them. We're going to start building soon!
Posted: 08:50 pm on January 13th 2017
I appreciate the concerns about the deck and root cellar. I tapped my builder to come and give better answers than I could. Hey Joe, glad you like the motif! It's a take on the short-lived Norwegian architectural movement called Dragestil that was only in force from 1880 to 1910.
Posted: 01:35 pm on January 17th 2017
I spoke with him last week and he was supportive of me posting on GBA. He asked for the link himself so he could follow the conversation.
Posted: 03:50 pm on January 17th 2017
Thanks for the Contega recommendation, Charlie. I think the plans say exterior walls and curbs to be 4000 PSI and interior walls, footings, and framed slabs to be 3000 PSI. It was designed by an engineer so I suppose they had a reason to choose that. I don't have any answers right now for the other details you mention.
Posted: 07:09 pm on January 17th 2017
Overall it sounds like there are only a few questions, and some possible difference in style but no major glaring flaws. I appreciate the look-through, folks.
Posted: 05:59 pm on January 18th 2017
Thoughtful Thank you for writing about this and trying to put it into words. Many of us will see the dangerous times ahead. Life and humans will survive in some form, but it will be a drastically different near-future.
Posted: 06:34 pm on December 30th 2017