Category Archives: general

the old house is being deconstructed

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

flooring removed from the house for salvage

 

 

 

 

 

 

the old house partially deconstructed

the old house partially deconstructed

 

paint

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.

wall colors

wall colors

wallboard

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

wallboard is going in

 

entellis

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.

here’s a link: http://entellis.tumblr.com/

the shed is 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

the shed is up