Jon Piper

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since May 13, 2011
Central Connecticut - Zone 6
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What do people usually do with all the exposed wood, interior and exterior?  Paint it? Linseed oil? Polyurethane or some kind of clear coat?

Even though my wood stays pretty dry, I've noticed tiny boring insects, and I'd like to discourage them...

Ah.. of course...
Thanks for reply and the tip about my profile.

Central Connecticut - zone 6
2 years ago
I would also like suggestions for this. Particularly, I want to integrate the roof into the surrounding environment (forest edge) so I would like some plants that grow to a decent height despite only having enough soil for maybe 6 inches of roots.

Other desirable attributes would be:
- fast growing
- something remaining in the winter

any ideas?

2 years ago
Indeed. The Pattern Language calls for light on two sides.

I still appreciate Mike's insistence on getting so much light into an "underground" house, although I'm not convinced that the angle of the window is as important as he makes it seem. Light "separation" seems more important, (like audio stereo separation). For example, in a big room if one side is mostly windows, and then at the corner you turn 90 degrees and squeeze one window perpendicular, but adjacent to the large wall of windows, the light is still essentially coming from the same direction if you're sitting in the middle. I would rather have light coming from two opposite sides of a room, than 3 sides, all in one general direction from the center.
Got back to work. Finished the sheathing on one side of the peak, and will lay EPDM and start covering with dirt soon.
3 years ago
all structural beams done.... started on the roof decking.

4 years ago
Thanks Jay.

I'm using a spot where there was an old, broken down foundation, so it was mostly already dug out. However, I did have somebody with a bobcat come in, knock down and clear out some of the concrete and do a little digging too. I still have to dig down by hand around the outside of the remaining foundation walls so I can drop the waterproof barrier down.
4 years ago
I had posted some ideas a while back so I thought I'd post an update of my little oehler / wofati inspired structure.

It's been a slow-going spare time project, and tons of fun. The biggest challenge has been working with the big heavy logs... first collecting them and hauling them up the hill, and then lifting them in place. No heavy equipment used. You will see my makeshift greek crane in a couple of the pictures, which was a great solution suggested by a permies member on these forums.

Hopefully will have something more complete by the end of the summer

4 years ago
I'm building a small oehler/wofati thing where there was, and still is a crumbling concrete foundation. I had decided not to bury the posts, but instead put them on concrete footings. Now, there is already a slab floor where the old foundation was where I want to put my posts...

My question is: Should I chip up the slab and dig a deep footing to frost depth, or can I just anchor the posts to the existing slab floor?

I don't know how thick the slab is, but I wasn't sure if somehow the thermal properties of the wofati would already prevent frost enough that I wouldn't need deep footings?

Thanks. Here are some pics too. BTW I'm in Connecticut with pretty cold winters
4 years ago
That's awesome. Thanks very much for the idea.
5 years ago