Project Journal

Finished Lid – But what about the sides?

October 15, 2017
Well, it has been an interesting 6 weeks since my last post with several ups and downs, but lets start with the ups. Total, after a total of 6 Saturday's, Geoff and his crews finished installing the final cap sheet of the roofing today.  I still will

Bent out of shape!

September 3, 2017
Hey Folks, Slow but steady progress continues at theEnclosure. Since my last post, Geoff has been back two additional Saturdays working on torch-on roofing installation. The lower office and garage roofs are complete, upper south roof has all base s

So long B.A.T. – you have served me well!

August 6, 2017
For those of you that visit the projects web cams, you will have seen a major change at theEnclosure.  The B.A.T. (Big Ass Tarp) has been retired!  On August 1, after 15 months of dedicated service keeping my dwelling dry, the official lowering ceremony

Getting wrapped up in a thick wool blanket

July 16, 2017
I am pleased to advise that the installation of the exterior water/air barrier, and 6" of exterior ROCKWOOL mineral wool insulation panels is going well.  Over the last 2 weeks I have completed the first storey of the south and west elevations.  The enc

Ducks in row – Finally!

July 2, 2017
I have now progressed far enough on finalizing design and sourcing materials that I will be able to physically start work at the job-site this week.  Last week involved finishing off the cladding design and a series of vendor visits to pick up the follow

Laboured Progress

June 18, 2017
When I last left you, I was clawing my way to make at least some progress on the build and am pleased that on several fronts, some laboured progress has been made.  Unfortunately, nothing that has resulted in actually starting on any major tasks, just a


May 27, 2017
Well, it has been an interesting month. When I last left you I was starting to install the ABS plumbing drain piping. The installation went fairly well and although I did not finish in the two weeks scheduled, I did have it done in a respectable 2.5 we

What a Waste! Plumbing has commenced.

April 18, 2017
Well, yet another month has gone by and I sure am glad the snow now seems behind us (just wish the rain was as well).  I have been building for 3 winters now, and of all the years to have the worst winter in decades, Mother Nature pics the winter I had t


March 19, 2017
Wow, cannot believe it has been 6 weeks since I last posted.  Sorry folks - been busy, but also running on fumes in the energy department and just not up to 'computer work' in the evenings.  I was hoping to share some great news in this update, but sadl

Hacked – But all better.

February 4, 2017
Sorry Folks - Yesterday's post was temporarily hacked but has now been restored and the site has been re-secured. The hacker has taken down a lot bigger fish than me, including an Alabama sheriff's office,  multiple Figi government websites, and even

Soaring to new heights – but what a Pane!

February 3, 2017
Wow, I can hardly believe it has been 3 weeks since the last post.  A lot has been happening. When I last left you, we were working on the window surround preparations and hoping to be done by the 21st.  Well I actually did finish detailing the major

The Purpose of the build – The Enclosure is born!

January 15, 2017
Well, hundreds of hours of schooling and seminars, and thousands of hours of research have led me to the last couple of weeks of work at the site.  In fact, the last two weeks are representing the entire focus and purpose of this build - The Enclosure.

The Barriers – A definition

January 15, 2017
The word enclosure replaces the more dated term envelope and represents the man-made separation between differently conditioned spaces and also between conditioned spaces and the great outdoors.  It is at the heart of building science and represents my p