Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The stairs are in!

Once again Square Peg performed beautifully. I gave them a very minimalist design but it turned out to be a fairly challenging proposition. Just because something is minimal and or simple in concept doesn't always mean that it is easy to create. Square Peg interpreted my vision perfectly and the stairs look great. We used engineered LVL material for the treads and the stringers and then they had steel brackets and braces manufactured to add additional support. Once the steel railing is installed and the stained concrete floor is completed on the lower level I think it will all work perfectly together. Minimal as it may seem, it should be quite beautiful.

Roofing and fascia almost done, looks great

All Aspects Construction has flown through the install of the TPO membrane roof and metal fascia. They have worked diligently through the extreme weather and have completed the roof.It has been very impressive seeing them shovel the snow and ice in order to finish their job on schedule no matter the conditions. Thankyou to Matt and the team at All Aspects Construction.

Thankyou Square Peg!!!

I would like to thank all of the guys at Square Peg Construction for the "beautiful" job they did on the 100+ yr old Indian antique front entry door. The talented craftsman took the door from a "pretty" but non-functional door to a spectacular architectural focus of the front of the home. Thanks again!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

We feel very honored!!

I recieved an email last night from Robin Curtis. Robin is the spearhead of the Purepanel division for EA International (purepanel:100% post consumer recycled paper structural ad non-structural walls) who supplied the core for the interior walls on the Push House. His letter is attached below. Lets just say that I am thoroughly honored and proud of this gesture.

Dear Anthony,
Bernard Vichet and I have shared much of the progress being made with Purepanel, including your project in Asheville. Bernard is very passionate about the environment. His commitment over the years has won him many awards in many countries. To cut a long story short Bernard wants to recognize your commitment by placing your efforts within his next book. You can down load one of Bernard's books from his business web site Bernard has a second addition hot off the press which contains a number of pages on Purepanel. The book is called 8 Actions To Save The Planet. I will send you one or bring you one when you one when I return to the US is early March. You will see the format within the book follows the project through the stages of completion. It is not just a mention of the project it is a record for people to refer to as true green building practices. Your efforts deserve this type of record or paternity as Bernard likes to call it.

How does Hemp hold up in the weather?

I think it is fairly obvious and quite convincing by looking at the pictures below to anyone that doubted or questioned whether the hemp walls would hold up in the extreme weather prior to being finished with a lime stucco. I have obviously been a strong proponent and believer in the product but I had never seen the product in the elements. Now that I have witnessed the hemp walls be exposed to rain, snow, ice and severe wind for the last 45 days I'm not sure if I have ever see anything quite like it. It has continued to become harder over this time period and there has been no sign whatsoever of any kind of failure. There are not too many places that you could install this product that it would ever be exposed to the types of extreme weather this house has been through. So in my mind and everyone else that has seen the product is amazed at it's strength and resilience.
The blow images are of the driveway leading to the house, the bank directly beside the house than a shot of the west side of the house covered in 1" of solid ice.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Inclement weather has really set us back!!

It looks like this week should be OK, although we have the potential for some ice tonight but the remainder of the week looks just fine. If this forecast holds up we should be able to get our membrane roof and metal fascia started as well as our HVAC, electrical and plumbing rough in. We are also throwing around the idea of creating a covered entry into the home at the front door. This structure would consist of a flat roof (actually a pitch of 1" in 12') 12' long and 5 feet wide and a floating bridge with metal handrail on the right due too about a 10 foot drop on the right side of the bridge. I have attached the proposed design and would appreciate any feedback.