Why does a house on piers need skirting? The house in these photos you were just raving about doesn't have anything like skirting on the piers. My house doesn't have skirting. I don't care if varmints go under there. Because it's wide open it has no appeal for them. Close it in and all of a sudden it's second only to my shed as the most desirable address in the county.
I did use pressure treated lumber for my floor joists though. No way I'd put anything else over plain old dirt.
I picked a good day to watch the video instead of listening to the pod in my car. Good use of photos.
I feel like you guys don't have a full appreciation for how comforting it is have a non-ventilated metal roof when you're seeing, hearing, and smelling a fire tearing towards your house. I have had this experience 5 times.
But to be fair I have never lived where it stays below freezing for days at a time and snows 8 feet. California really does need a product called Fire and Ice shield.
Witch windows are the craziest thing I've ever seen! Thank you for this bit of regional trivia.
When you mentioned on the podcast the low sloped roof shed was built with trusses you didn't say he had some LEFT OVER! A guy can't plan how many trusses to buy, I'm not surprised he got the windows wrong. But the trusses can be carried away. Those windows, man, you don't even need OCD to get twitchy from those. I am extra grateful right now I can't see any of my neighbors from my house.
Katie's house is very nice though. I like the handrail on one side of the steps. Old people are grateful.
It's the septic leech field http://www.finehomebuilding.com/2017/01/10/31-ft-x-10-ft-sandbox
Where are the girls, seconded!
I put that exact same sink in the bathroom of my new tiny house in 2005. I got it at a salvage yard. I put a new wrist lever arched neck faucet on it that I had to modify for the smaller spacing. The plumbing supply place had exact replicas of that cast iron wall bracket. Without the legs you can mount it as high as you want, too. It doesn't look dated at all as a wall hung with a new faucet. Too bad the front side got broken in the demolition.
OK, I have to add another comment in response to the one about the American Dream of passing down an estate from generation to generation. Familial attachments should be to the land, not buildings. My grandmother did the research and paperwork to get her John Wind designed ancestral home listed on the National Register in the 1970's. Then her brother sold it because he couldn't afford the maintenance expense. But he only sold it with 40 acres of land. What my family still treasures and protects is the thousands of acres of undisturbed forest that my great-great grandfather bought in 1891.
If that big house guy wants to be really carbon neutral he needs to own enough forest for the annual growth of his trees to equal the weight of his house and all of his cars.
You kinda got flamed in these comments. In the effort of reminding people that you can poke fun at large and small houses alike I can't resist telling this anecdote about property taxes and my Very Small House.
When got a permit to build my 12'x18' house in the country the property appraiser came out to do an assessment. When they got back to the county office they LOWERED the property taxes by $600 a year.
It turns out my mom never told the county that her house burned down in 1984. She'd been paying property taxes like this was improved property for 20 years. I saved her a lot of money when I decided to build my house near those ruins so I could use the same well and driveway and power lines.
"Oh Barbara, you've GOT to get granite countertops for your kitchen, they are the best...." How did you just HAPPEN to pick MY name for this line, Justin?! I've been anti-granite this whole time. I had a friend replace the counters in his 3 yr old house with granite against my VEHEMENT objections. His kitchen has laminate FLOORS! That's just trashy. It's like women going in Walmart wearing $4 flip flops carrying a giant handbag with designer logos printed all over it.
I have solid surface counter in my kitchen that I bought from a surplus and salvage place that was covered up with the stuff when everybody started switching to granite. What will the granite be used for when everybody decides it's passé? Thermally massive floors next to a south facing window to soak up winter sun?
Just formaldehyde? What about all the other chemicals I'm sensitive to!
If the manufacturers remove formaldehyde in the glue, what kind of plasticizers might they start adding to the glue that are even worse for my chemical sensitivities? Phthalates? Latex?
When working in a brand new office trailer at a job site makes somebody sick it's probably not from just the cabinets and 1/8" plywood paneling outgassing formaldehyde. It's the combination of new vinyl flooring outgassing phthalates, the carpet pad or worse, glue, outgassing latex and solvents. And then somebody comes along and adds a phthalate based air freshener because they think the trailer stinks and that just puts the garnish on a bowl of toxic soup.
Some people are more sensitive to airborne chemicals -- according to my allergist, people with blue eyes just have thinner membranes that react more quickly to irritants just like their eyes are more sensitive to light than people with dark irises. I realize some of you work with these products every day with no bad reaction but that doesn't mean the problems the rest of us have with them aren't real.
If somebody tried they could construct a building of materials with the worst possible legal outgassing and achieve an illegal level of emissions that would bother even the toughest guy. But if they turned on the accompanying high dollar filtered ventilation and energy recovery system they could make make the air healthy again.
Building science is all about the big picture. This regulation can't really be about indoor air quality. JGlav sounds right to me. Still, I think it's good to make the cheapest products as harmless as possible. Like leaving lead out of children's toys -- it's a responsibility. But if they replace the lead with titanium heavily contaminated with uranium did we really get anywhere?
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