Chapter 12 – Managing stormwater and eliminating erosion without gutters

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 dedicated to getting the house in the dry.  That means getting the Blue Ridge Energy Systems designed roof drains and its associated plumbing installed.  First step was to build the roof drains in the shop.

Robin sands the roof drain housing made of ZIP


Assembled roof drain


The next step: install the roof drains at the house.

Roof drain installed (as seen from inside the house)


Next, cut fabric and apply liquid roof provided by Conservation Technologies.

Cutting fabric for liquid roof application


Applying fabric and liquid roof


The first coat is white, but the final coats will be cement gray to match my metal roof color.  The metal roof will overlap this liquid rubber roof system and careful consideration was given to preventing ice damming and the consequences of standing water on the roof.  The engineering and thought given to this one detail has been amazing!!

First coat of liquid roof application


The plumbing lines are connected to the roof drains.  Now all rainwater will be directed to the retention pond. There will be no need for gutters.  There will be no erosion or negative stormwater impact on the landscape.  This is what I call a win-win solution!

Plumbing connects roof drains to the retention pond


Three more coats of liquid roof are applied.  We are in the dry!!

Another milestone was the installation of the septic tank and drain lines.  Mike and Mitchell Lusk have been working with Blue Ridge Energy Systems for years.  The quality of their work and their fair price for services simply can’t be beat!  Buncombe County requires a permit before building begins to determine that there is adequate area for the septic system based on the number of bedrooms planned for the home and the soil type.  Then an inspection is required when the system is installed, before it is all covered up again.  Using a licensed contractor is now required in Buncombe County.  Some folks may find the inspection system a headache, but as a future homeowner, I’m grateful for the second set of eyes they give to the entire building process.  Of course, Mike Lusk passed with flying colors, all in less than half a day’s work! And now I’m beginning to envision the grassy meadow/wildflower field that Nancy Duffy, garden designer and owner of Muddy Boots, is planning for me.

Septic system installation and inspection


Another shout out goes to Dewayne McGalliard, Jennings Builders Supply, for his role in supplying the framing lumber and ZIP sheathing.  We needed some materials at the last minute on Memorial Day and he delivered!  The crew kept busy and that timely service means everything in being able to build efficiently.

Mignon Durham is a retired computer consultant, avid art and craft collector, founder of Toe River Project Access, and founder of Toe River Valley Watch. She has always been fascinated with what makes a place feel like home, and she hopes this blog will enlighten your own personal journey home.