Sunday June 28th
It is now 9 weeks since we broke ground on our house. Rich and Jane have been doing an amazing job, and we are having a hard time keeping up with their pace! The framing is done, including the porch on the west side and the small balcony on the south side. The septic and leach field are in. The plumbing has been roughed in, all the light switches and outlets are installed. The low e glass casement windows are installed, triple pane on all sides except the south side which is double pane. 12 inches of cellulose has been blown in between the stud walls to give us R-42 value in the walls, and 18 inches of loose cellulose was blow in to the roof to give us R-60 in the roof. The mini-split air source heat pump is installed on the lower level, and the chimney and air supply for the Tulikivi masonry stove and bakeoven on the upper level are done. The stove and bakeoven will not be installed until we are ready to move in. The HERS rater came and did his preliminary blower door test; we passed with flying colors and we will indeed be nice and warm when winter arrives, the house is nice and tight. During this week Rick and Jane finished putting the metal roof on. This weekend the sheet rock was put up and taping and pasting has begun. Paul has been hanging cement board in both bathrooms in preparation for us laying ceramic tile. The Japanese barrel style soaking tub is in place and Rich has build a platform for it.