August 17th, 2010


With the hot weather this last week comes ripening tomatillos, tomatoes and peppers… And also brings thoughts of energy efficiency. Now that we have been in the house for four months, I thought it would be interesting to put weather data from this spring into our energy model and see how its predictions compare against actual usage. Read the rest of this entry »

March 10th, 2010


A bunch of electrical work got finished up today and we are now ready for our final electrical inspection tomorrow morning. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22nd, 2009


After a couple of slow months, this morning has been very busy. Read the rest of this entry »

December 19th, 2009

Updates: Shear Wall

Yesterday everyone tackled a handful of little things that needed to get done while we wait for other things that are taking some time. There is an internal shear wall that somehow never got structural sheathing on it. Because our stairwell interrupts structure on the whole east side of the house, we need this to pick up that side of our floors and keep them from wobbling. Read the rest of this entry »

November 25th, 2009

Our Heating System

As we mention on our house signage, we have no furnace… But we still do have a little bit of heating need, and have been considering a couple of ideas of how to meet that need. Its looking like the system we’re going to use are a couple of simple in-wall Cadet heaters. This was the original plan which we abandoned for a while in favor of a mini split heat pump system, and now that we’re needing to actually specify a system in order to get electrical in place for it we are going back to the Cadet heaters. Read the rest of this entry »

November 10th, 2009

The Last Two Weeks

For the last couple weeks we have been out of town. The photo above is from the platform of the Palm Springs train station… We didn’t stay there, we were on our way home on a train trip that brought us to Chicago, Austin/San Antonio, and points in between. Meanwhile, work has been progressing on the house. Read the rest of this entry »

October 25th, 2009


Tomorrow we are going to have our first walk through with the electrician, an on Friday I picked up a sample of the outlets that we are planning to put in the house.  Made by Bocci, they screw in to standard junction boxes, then when finishing your drywall, you mud over the top then sand down until all thats visible is a little circular outlet (or switch or phone jack) poking out of a clean smooth wall with no face plate.

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