We live here in Vermont where many will comment that the weather is simply awful. Much of the year it is cold, snowy, ice covered, windy, and for some us just miserable. However there is nothing quite as wonderful as a summer in Vermont. The results of my very NON-scientific study reports that during the summer people are at the beach, eating hot dogs, and simply enjoying summer, worries about winter’s cold are ignored.
For months, no make that years, we have talked about a well-insulated home. Those numerous discussions included Fiberglass, Cellulose, Foam, Blown in Fiberglass, and Rock Wool. We invite you to go back and re-read some of the previous blog posts.
This weekend is Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer. Oh did I mention it is awful for those of us that love summer!?
Not only is it the end of summer or beginning of Autumn but it is also the time of year that many of The Crazies come out and start preaching about how to winterize you home.
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 took a look at water wells. That would be the fresh or clean water entering your home. Today we take a look at the……, well shall we say, “not so clean” water that leaves your home. By the way that water is politely referred to as effluent. No, no! We said effluent not affluent. We are talking about waste not money. J
For the past days and days we have been looking at a modular home being worked on. We saw a site-built garage added along with a Mud Room/Entry.
Before the garage project we looked at building a front porch on another modular home. Today and tomorrow we will show you pictures of the two completed projects.
Yesterday we looked at the Garage as siding was being installed; that was on the other side of today’s photograph.
On the left you are looking at The Gable End of the modular home. As you can see some of the Cedar Siding has been installed with more to come. Look carefully at the picture and you will see that there is strapping on the outside of the sheathing; this holds the siding away from the building; this is the right way to install wood siding.
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.
Let’s see, we have built our foundation, attached sill plates, water-proofed the foundation, installed perimeter drains, and backfilled the ground against the foundation. Then we checked in at the plant and saw that the house was underway and being built inside, away from the harsh elements of Mother Nature.
Yup, it looks as though everything is good to go. All we need now is for someone to bring us a home. Oh look…………….., here it comes now.
For a couple days we have been building foundations. It all starts with Footers and then various types of walls are built so our home can sit on top of the wall. We looked at Poured Reinforced Concrete, ICF walls, and then Pre Cast concrete.