Chapter 16 – Interior spaces: Insulation, vapor barrier and sheetrock installation

  I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I already miss my framing crew!  They have packed up their trailer of tools and have moved off the site. They have completed their job for me and are on to the next Blue Ridge Energy Systems home under construction in Waynesville, NC.  The good news is that I now have a parking spot at the house!!  Don’t you...

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Chapter 15 – Spam, anyone?!

Let me start with an apology to those of you who received my last blog and found a viagra ad inside the post!  Discount Pharmacy hijacked 20 – 30 files on our website and added this “freebie” to my post.  Since I use Google Chrome for my internet browser, I have a higher level of security so it prevented me from seeing it.  But I know plenty of you saw...

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Chapter 14 – Steady progress is a good reason to celebrate June birthdays

Working with a company like Blue Ridge Energy Systems is one way to gain another family.  These guys become friends and you celebrate big and little events with them.  In this case, we’re celebrating all the June birthdays for the crew and their family members.  The feast included shrimp cocktail, guacamole and chips, grilled steak and chicken with corn on the cob...

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Chapter 13 – Summer vacations and more rain!

Fortunately for the crew at Blue Ridge Energy Systems, summer vacation time has rolled around.  Some of the crew enjoyed the Outer Banks with sailing, cookouts on the beach, and bicycling.  (Can you believe the rain followed them there in the form of tropical storm Andrea?!)  Other vacation destinations included a Bahamas cruise and camping.  The guys work really hard...

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Chapter 12 – Managing stormwater and eliminating erosion without gutters

Framing continues!  All four sections are up and the entire house is now under roof!  That is indeed a milestone to celebrate.  The steel beam and post for the covered porch is in! You can now see the structure of the sawtooth and butterfly roof lines.  You can now look out windows that frame my hardwood/rhododendron forest. In addition to framing, the week has been...

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Chapter 11 – Framing With Energy Efficiency in Mind

May 7 was a most amazing day!  The framing crew, led by Jammie Metcalf and including Bryan Noel, Matt Sugg, Sydney Crawford, Randy Redrick and Blake Barker, arrived at the job site along with some sunshine! Lots of framing lumber, roof trusses, and ZIP system wall and roof sheathing had already been delivered and were in strategically placed piles.  (It’s rather...

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Chapter 10 – Stormwater Management With a “Naturally Better” Solution

How do you spell relief?!   Really, we’ve had continuous cold and rain despite the calendar telling me it’s May!  On May 4th I actually had to wear three layers of clothing, including fleece, and my ski hat to stay warm enough while on the job site!!  Maybe it’s all about what you put out to the universe because over the last week we’ve been...

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Chapter 9 – How sustainable is your lifestyle?

The good news is that I have about two weeks before the framing crew begins.  So, we are taking care of minor details on my site:  putting in the well pump, stuccoing the foundation to conceal the foam insulation, grading around the house site and spreading wood chips to make a dry and safe work area for the crew. Although the work has briefly stopped, I haven’t...

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