June 28th, 2009

11 months and 6 days…

…Is how long the process had taken before we were able to actually build.  We began this whole thing in a real way on July 20th of 2008 when we put in an offer on our little piece of land, eight months later after multiple ordeals with the bank (which I’ll probably go into later) in the middle of a collapsing economy, we finally closed…  And a little more than three months after that we have a building permit and will be starting construction in a matter of days.

June 13th, 2009


We finally have some tangible progress happening with the house construction.  Yesterday I went out and met with the excavator with our contractor.  Most of our conversation had to do with organic gardening, but the exciting new thing to show off is that our contractor and excavator marked out where the footprint of our house is going to be.  Its small, but pretty wonderful to be able to go out and have a much better sense of where everything is.  The big realization though is the deck location…  The first floor is actually five feet above the height of our lot and because of where our deck sticks out, it pokes right in to the canopy of our Tulip Tree and will be a nice little leafy perch.  Earlier in the week was the first little step though, our contractor put up the orange fence you can see on the side of our lot.  Its a protection fence around the giant tulip tree that is just off the corner of our lot.  When the land division was finally approved in February, one of the provisions of that is that we need to protect that tree during construction.  So a few weeks ago our contractor and I met with the city’s urban forester to discuss tree protection and decided that putting up that fence roughly 20 feet from the tree (underneath the edge of the canopy) was the way to go. Read the rest of this entry »

June 6th, 2009


Passive House in the News

This week there was a rather prominent story about efficient housing.  The Willamette Week’s cover story “Futurehous” is all about the Passive House standard.  And more specifically about Root Design Build’s passive house that they are building this summer in Hood River.  There is a small but somewhat obsessed Passive House community in Portland, Root’s house in Hood river is likely going to be the first completed in the region followed by another five or six in the next couple years with ours potentially being one of them.   Read the rest of this entry »

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