One of the most enjoyable aspects of the new house is the drive up the driveway to the site in Autumn. That alone is worth the price of admission. In just a few hundred feet the beauty of the valley encloses into a leaf lined country “road”, ultimately leading to our home, perfectly bookended by two stands of trees. A day’s trials and tribulations give up their last gasp, having been worn down by a spirited charge down the valley’s wall and winding roads. Leaves gently flutter earthbound through the glint of a lazy late season sun. The crunch of gravel under tire is tempered by a week’s worth of leafy carpet laid down fresh. Regardless of the temperature outside, one is virtually guilted into rolling down the window to catch the scent of Fall in the air. Carbon cycling back to where it came from.
Most of the standing seam metal roof is now in place. It has unified and slimmed the house considerably. It does not look as expansive as anticipated. The metal roof should last upwards of 40+ years and is fully recyclable when it does need to be replaced. The gentle ripples between seams allow the metal to expand and contract, avoid oil canning and provide a gentle visual detail to add interest. We’ve got nothing but compliments on the style and color. (pat on back, and a “thank you”, for the wife).
With the sun setting so early it’s impossible to get pictures of the inside. Suffice to say, all the trades have roughed in the mechanical systems so we’ll be ready for insulation relatively soon. The exterior insulation is being wrapped up as well. After that we start finishing the exterior and interior with siding and drywall respectively.
Waste wise, we’ve employed our second waste container from Kurtz Brothers. This time it’s a smaller one to handle the intermediate was being generated. We should have one more container for end of project. Maybe two. Waste is something I wish I’d done a better job with but at least by using Kurtz Brothers, i’m assured that a lot of my waste is being recycled and made into other products. This is better than randomly picking some everyday waste hauler; who knows where their waste ends up.
The interior framing is complete. We’re making the kneewall areas our “line of defense” against air transmission, so we increased the roof thickness to 16″ by installing 2×4’s to match the interior ceiling plane. This will give the roof an R-60 value throughout, saving a lot of energy and resources that can be used for something better than heating and cooling our house. We also framed in transoms above the interior doors to allow for evening privacy AND air flow between rooms.
Fortunately the weather has been pretty good lately. This is an encouraging change as we finish closing in the house.
Pretty soon I’ll have to go outside, or open a window, to get in the Autumn mood. Maybe go for a walk down the drive.