This series of posts is intended to briefly capture the main phases of construction of the house.
The house will be a high mass, passive solar home. A wood-burning stove will be used for cooking and to provide supplemental heat beyond what captured through the passive solar design. During the warm seasons, an outdoor rocket stove will be used for cooking, or a gas range inside the home. All power will be generated by photovoltaic (PV) panels or by backup LPG generator, when necessary. Water will be collected off the metal roof and stored in collection tanks to be used throughout the year. Waste will be handled primarily through a graywater system, composting toilets and septic system (mainly for guests that are not comfortable with a composting toilet). The gardens and orchard are located right next to the home to provide a year-round source of fresh food.
Lots of activity this week rockin' and rollin' to get ready for the slab to be poured.
We're on schedule for a Monday pour
*fixed the broken link!
After a two week push, the masonry walls are in place!
*pic heavy post*
Tim Southwell wrote:Enjoying the feed and seeing the progress. We acquired our 75 acre farm in September and will be breaking ground in April on a passive / active solar home. I wanted to ask if you could post a few pics of the home design, complete with elevations and floor plan. No doubt we will have our own unique spin, but seeing what you are incorporating will be good research materials as we fine-tune our design over the winter.
Thanks Tim! Yes - I will work on turning the pdfs of the elevation and floor plans into jpg files and get them uploaded. As we get on to the interior work, we'll post more info on how the layout works together, as well.