We were hired to just install the European tilt turn windows and curtain wall on this project. We mentioned this curtain wall system back in 2015 here The tilt/turn windows were installed in board-formed concrete walls, and they were HEAVY.
Lots of outdoor work lately. We've completed the deck and porch framing and finish. We framed the deck with galvanized steel joists, which are strong, fast (they're pre-cut), straight, and won't warp like large section PT lumber. The decking will be thermally modified ash from western Mass. The porch and deck roof is painted tongue and groove 2x6 over native cherry rafters. The hips over the deck are irregular (meaning that they are not 45 degrees in plan view), so the jack cuts are different on each side.
An update on our current project. Exterior trim is complete, including the 70 foot long porch fascia (perfectly straight!). I'll post some pictures soon of the cherry porch and deck rafters.
We had a preliminary blower door test at the house, before the insulation (dense-pack cellulose) was complete. The blower door is a very direct measure of how air tight the house is. We had a great preliminary number of 465 cfm or 0.58 ACH50 (air changes per hour at 50 pascals pressure difference). That's pretty impressive with 48 windows in the house, and beats the incredibly stringent Passive House standard of 0.6ACH50.
I also put some pictures in of the elliptical ceiling in the upstairs hall. We made ribs of 12' MDF, and sheathed it in 1/4 plywood. We very slowly bent 1/2" sheetrock to the radius (they don't make 1/4" that long). The ellipse comes in tangent to the wall surface, so it blends in perfectly.
Lots of activity on the job. Framing is complete. The interior air barrier (Intello) and service cavity are complete. The entire house is off of the electric grid, so we're running all of our tools off of PV. Dense-pack cellulose in the 12" double stud walls and 18" cathedral ceilings is complete. And windows and doors are in. While the sheetrock is being done, we'll be outside starting the south porch and west deck.
Uncarved Block has been a member for about a year of NESEA's (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association) Bottom Lines group--a business peer-review network. Bottom Lines consists of 30 businesses (mostly builders) that are involved in building energy efficient homes. Those 30 are divided into 3 smaller groups that are distributed across the Northeast.
Brad was recently invited to organize and moderate a discussion at our annual summit on the use of technology in construction businesses. The panel consisted of Mel Baiser of Baiser Construction Management and Ben Kelley of Building Shelter, both incredibly knowledgeable in the subject. The presentation and discussions were great. Pictured above is Mark Boudreau and Marlin May.
The blower door test for the House in the Woods came to 0.49 ACH50 (that's air changes per hour at 50 pascals)--better than the Passive House, the most stringent standard in the world.
We've been working for the last year getting this project ready, and we're finally out framing. It is an architect-designed shingle-style home right in town. We helped specify many timber frame and high performance details. There's also a LOT of beautiful red oak logs being milled into timbers, flooring, and trim. We'll be posting more photos as we build this great project.
I just attended the grand opening of Menck Window, the first and only European manufacturer of tilt turn windows in the US. Fortunately, they're just an hour away from us, and we hope to use them on some of our upcoming projects. I loved this cross-section of their direct glazing system (which can also be capped with wood). I can't wait to use this amazing system to direct glaze over a timber frame.