2014 04 08: the old house that i was living in is being deconstructed, as opposed to being demolished. this means that a lot of its parts will be reused including its lumber, electrical wires, and the few appliances left in it such as ceiling fans. it will take about 7 days to deconstruct this house as opposed to demolishing it,which would take one or two days. i get a tax break with the donation of parts (hooray). most of the material will end up at the loading dock in baltimore, md., www.loadingdock.org
flooring removed from the house for salvage
the old house partially deconstructed
bathroom wall tile
2014 04 01: follows a shot of the wall tile in the master bath and the floor tile under it.
2014 03 31 my architect, miche booz, selected some exciting colors for the interior. with all the boxes and equipment, i think it’s difficult to get the intended effect; but, it still looks good.
in a maryland tradition, the ceiling is a blue-gray. it is intended to blend nicely with the sky when looking out the windows at front of the house that reach almost to the ceiling.
the wall to the left is svelte sage, adjacent to it is empire gold … then there’s the dark gray wall with just a hint of purple.
all of the paint is zero voc from sherwin-williams.
electric is available at the radon vent
2014 02 25 LEED awards points for preparing the radon vent for a fan . . . should one be needed. today, the electricians installed the electricity for the fan. i don’t think we will need this because the beneath the slab is so tightly sealed. but, just in case
2014 02 24: the garage doors are installed. i think they look very stylish with the clear glass panels.
doors to entry closet
2014 02 24 the interior doors are being installed. this is good news! the doors’ styles nicely fit the modernity of the house.
door to a bedroom
2014 02 05: wallboard is being installed. it’s beginning to look like a house inside.
miche booz’s work is beginning to really show. walking from the hallway in the private area into the living area is a great experience. the space seems to magically expand. it’s much like frank lloyd wright’s compression in a confined space with a release into large space except that the small space in the old hopkins road house is pleasant.
well the photo doesn’t even represent that; but it does show the wallboard.
wallboard is going in
2014 01 14 here’s some information on a nearby project:
entellis collaborative’s baltimore green for everyone project is comprised of nine houses; seven single family and two duplexes – built to be high performance, low-energy and universal access rental units owned by the city of baltimore.
one of the duplexes was modeled to meet passive house and will be certified by the passive house institute us. all of the homes were designed and built with the same assemblies and systems used in the passive house certified duplex.
all nine homes were built to perform at passive house levels of performance at no additional cost compared to code-built homes executed for the city under the same request for proposals.
2013 11 26: support posts for the cover over the covered walkway are in. they make the walkway cover look much better.
support posts are erected
2013 11 26 the garden shed is up. it is in back of the house and has a slanted roof for solar panels. the three panels that will go on its roof supply electrical power to a hot water heater. i prefer photovoltaic solar panels to solar thermal collectors because i believe they are more reliable and less troublesome to install.
it is somewhat unusual to have them directly power a hot water heater and a bit less efficient than letting them feed power to the grid connected house circuitry. it came about because the roof on the shed originally was to have solar thermal collectors. this fell apart when the manufacturer we had selected quit making the collectors.
the shed is up