Beautiful interior finishes.
Entry wall with recycled wood from the old house.
Picture taken on July 26 showing the finished exterior paint, a growing garden, and rain barrels.
The rain barrels are re-used food grade storage containers and will be painted to match the siding and installed on the north (left side) of the house.
Today I signed a contract with Advanced Solar Energy LLC to install solar voltaic panels on the house made locally in Washington State. The locally made panels are more expensive than other comparable output panels but there are a couple of advantages; they are stronger than other panels for one. Also, the rebate check given to the buyer of the panels will be about 3 times higher than a conventional panel. This was established by Washington state law makers as I understand it to encourage local solar products. The result for the consumer will be huge; several hundred dollars per year. It was hard to make this decision to spend the extra money for this but I feel that a buyer will realize that it the payback will be in a short period of time, probably 4-5 years. As far as I know this will be the first spec home in the state to use these panels & I hope that others can find a way to use them in their projects too.
Some local Chuckanut sandstone blocks salvaged from the old house to be used in landscaping as a smal garden retainer. I'm trying to find uses for pretty much all the waste that will enhance the new house and landscaping. Finding a use for rock such as this is easy!
Here is a detail that shows a lot; Studs at 24"oc with the window sized to fit between so that minimal lumber is used. Metal hangers replace cripple studs.
Foam spray in joist bays above seal the space from air leaks. Exterior 1" foam has replaced OSB sheathing where it is not needed for structural reasons. The window header uses 2x material with polystyrene sandwiched between for more insulation value.
Well, the walls are now being framed up! The lower picture shows the huge front yard with a large amount of soil near the left side that came from the excavation and was such great soil that we decided to keep as much as possible for a garden area. Excess soil was given away to gardeners, taken away a truckload at a time, and kept the soil from being hauled off to a fill site. I think that scores us a few green points right there! I have used some to create a new vegatable garden at my house.
Here is a picture of my first green design with John Nelson as the builder. I had been interested in passive solar and energy efficiency and John brought in other ideas like rain sceening behind the siding and water barrels (on the corners).
We developed the idea of keeping the heating ducts inside the heated envelope and using a highly efficient furnace inside the heated space too.
Its located at 2228 Humboldt Street in Bellingham on a small infill lot that I owned and couldn't sell for what I had into it. In 2008 I decided to build a small house on it a John had been thinking about such a small and efficient home as a model for affordable housing.
The project was a great success, the house sold quickly since it was by far the cheapest new home in Bellingham at the time and had a lot of energy saving features that few houses had and was an Energy Star home.
The 'Sunnyland Sunhouse' is located ony a few blocks from this house and is based upon this design to a great degree. The new site is far superior especially from a solar perspective.
The Sunnlyland Sunhouse, located at 2200 King Street, Bellingham WA is my latest building/design project and will be a certified Built Green home.
Right now the house is at the start of the framing stage and walls should be standing this week. As I have time I'll explain some of the features of this exciting project!
My attempt to build the greenest possible house within a tight budget. Located in Bellingham's Sunnlyland neighborhood the house is designed to fit in with existing houses. Its a desirible area and very close to just about everything in Bellingham WA. What can be done to make the most of our money and make the most green house possible? What are the important features to include. Solar panels? Rain barrels? Here is a link to my design projects http://grantmdesign.shutterfly.com/