Category Archives: House

Posts that are about the construction of the house

Homestead Construction #6 – Walls are up!

The masonry walls are complete! It has taken two weeks, but the external walls of the house and two internal masonry walls are fully up and filled. With the walls up, it is really starting to seem like a house. … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #5 – Foundation Complete!

We have wrapped up the foundation part of the construction this week. It’s only taken a few weeks, but it seems like it was a lot longer! Once the minor plumbing issues were resolved, it was just time to wait … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #4 – Foundation: Moisture Barrier and Rebar

Here we are at the end of the second week of working on the foundation. A lot more progress was made this week. Our first inspection for the construction process was on Monday for the plumbing rough-in. The Inspector was … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #3 – Progress on the Foundation

After a busy week of working on the foundation, it is nice to sit back and look at some pictures. Once the house pad was excavated down to a roughly level pad, some base rock (clean 4″ minus) was put … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #2 – Drainfield Installation

The drainfield for the septic system is now in place. It took three mornings of digging trenches with the backhoe and using pick, shovel and rake to level the trenches. Instead of a pipe on gravel drainfield, we are using … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #1 – Introduction and breaking ground

This series of posts is intended to briefly capture the main phases of construction of the house. The house will be a high mass, passive solar home. A wood-burning stove will be used for cooking and to provide supplemental heat … Continue reading

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Off Grid Calculations

Working on trying to get some final data together for our photovoltaic system. Below is a load calculation worksheet to try and estimate what the total electrical demand will be for an average day.

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