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Many of you will have noticed that my progress postings for much of the last couple of years have suffered on frequency. As I have mentioned a lot lately, the longevity of this project has burned through my energy stores, and I just do not have the ability to sit down at night and type out an update like…

This and That

While some of the promised updates are involved and will require their own detailed posts, I will try to take care of some of the others here. Alfie Broken Wrist A couple of days after wrangling the remains of the tree stump out of the ground (see timber!), I was using Alfie to start processing through the stockpiled…

Featuring Nichiha

I am thrilled to announce Nichiha USA as the latest manufacturer to become a partner of theEnclosure. From the beginning of this build, I wanted some form of feature walls at the front of  dwelling to provide architectural interest. It was still however critical that the chosen product/system would represented best practices from a building science and durability…

Timber!

Well this is not a surprise – I brought about 6 times the amount of work on my holidays than I was actually able to complete. But this did mean I had more down time than planned, which I guess is a good thing. One thing that definitely suffered was my planned updates on this forum and on my…

Italian Import - English Luxury

Well folks, I am taking my first vacation in over 7 years. Since beginning this epic adventure to design and build my own house, I have generally been working 7 days a week. But of late, even with 7 days, I struggled to get a full 40 hours of productive work in, as I was just to tired.…

Wool Cap Complete

Hey folks, Time for my next monthly update (relieved it is only 2 days late, as time seems to have a habit of getting away from me). I had actually finished insulating the main dwelling roof assemblies just prior to my last update, but it was already a long post so saved this bit for later. As with most tasks on…

5 Years ... and Counting!

Well folks, on May 12, it will officially be 5 years since I started this crazy project. What was I thinking ? I thought it would be fun to see what I was doing on May 12 for each of the years I have been at it.

First Flush

As usual, it has been too long since my last update. ?   While, I did not finish the insulating of the north roof by the first weekend of March as promised in my last update, I did finish it by the following weekend. Main reason for delay was that I was stalling, as I did not have the…

Wool Cap Progress

I have been making some reasonable progress on the Mineral Wool Cap for this dwelling.  The roof assembly contains 18″ of ROCKWOOL COMFORTBATT®  for an effective R63.  By the end of this week I will have the north half of the roof assembly completely insulated. The assembly of insulation is made up of two layers of 5.5″ R22…

Gas Service Installation

As mentioned in an earlier post, I have changed my plans to not bring a natural gas service into the property. We will not utilize gas for the heating system and instead plan to install an Air to Water Exterior Heat Pump which can be as high as 400% efficient in my climate.I also am a firm believer that…

Roof Insulation Package Arrived

On Friday, I received the 8 skids of ROCKWOOL COMFORTBATT® that represent the roof insulation package. The product came directly from ROCKWOOL via train to Convoy Supply (they have a rail spur at their Coquitlam location for unloading) and then was loaded onto two Convoy trucks (one with HIAB and other with forklift) and brought to site…

Final Lap - We Hope!

Happy New Year First, Happy New Year to all in Internet Land, hope everyone had a great Christmas. Sorry Folks – I know it has again been a way too long since my last update! I’ve had a lot on my plate, and have been running on fumes lately, so the last thing I seem to be able…