Yesterday we mentioned the Better Buildings by Design Conference. So today let’s continue the discussion and take a look at how electricity if seen back then as compared to today.
For the past several days we have attended the 2017 Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington. This is “…..the region’s premier design and construction conference, which features interactive learning about building durability, efficiency,….” sponsored by Efficiency Vermont.
For the next couple days I’ll highlight particular portions of what I took away from this conference to provide you with an insight as to what is going on in Vermont as far as Energy Conservation and Efficiency.
This fall Vermont Modular has become a very busy place. Last week we ordered a big house for central Vermont and as we speak there are two homes in the plant being built.
It seems as though all summer long people are “…at the beach” enjoying summer in Vermont. But, just in case you haven’t noticed the leaves are turning and almost everyone has turned on their heat. I’ve had the heat on for a couple weeks.
Do you believe it is already the first of September? Where did the time go? I am suggesting that Summer simply slow down and hang around longer. This coming weekend is Labor Day the unofficial end of summer. (excuse me while I weep and wail)
Just this morning we were down in southern Vermont checking out a job site and finalizing drawings for a winter ski house. The plans call for this rather large ski house to be finished and occupied by Thanksgiving. Is that possible? Of course it is!
Yesterday we saw a Genie Lift being used as a valuable tool while working on the site-built porch. In today’s photograph the porch is nearing completion.
All of the roof’s framing and the outline of the trim is all done. The ceiling was finished using vinyl so that the owners wouldn’t have any maintenance. Much of the trim will be built using manufactured material such as Boral.
The other day we saw the house being delivered and today it is time for all the preparation to come to fruition. By the end of one day what was once a foundation will now come together as a home.
This is truly the exciting part! Typically the modules will arrive late in the afternoon on one day and be “set” on the foundation the very next day. Let’s see what happens on the set day.
For the past week or so we have been pouring footings, building foundation walls, installing pressure treated sill plates, and taking the necessary steps to guarantee a dry basement.
Did you think that was all that’s going on? Everything is moving along at your property in preparation for the house. While all this is going on the neighbors are watching and wondering what the new house will look like. Various tradesmen are busily working.
Yesterday we showed you a picture of an upscale home that has 18’ ceilings. Typically every home has ceilings that are 8’ tall. Yes we are capable of building whatever you want.
But, today let’s get back to the fundamental aspects of building our home. In today’s photograph you can clearly see the framing lumber. The “Dimensional Lumber” that is being used makes up the plates and studs for our walls. Obviously you recall the terminology for construction.
It’s Friday and time to plan the work schedule for our weekend. If you are going to be doing a lot of the work yourself – today is the perfect time to stock up on Hot Dogs and Beer. Let’s face it; if friends and family are coming to help tomorrow they need to be fed and have refreshment. The weather forecast for the weekend is just great.
Here we go. Last week we built the Floor Deck and learned all the various terminology for the parts and how everything goes together.