Hey, it would be nice if FHB would write a filter to delete some of this comment spam...
Excellent post! Keep it coming - I really like finding out how to do arches the right way!
My personal opinion as to why homeowners are slow to use the energy effecient ideas is that they are almost always more to significantly more expensive at build. And a lot of the upgrades seem that they lilewise can take a while to pay back initial expense. I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised if the insulation in one of the passiv haus setup is one of the highest amount paid in construction. Please don't get me wrong. I really like to learn about energy efficiency and work very hard when doing business to perform the highest form of efficiency that is available to me. I am just providing a possible explanation in response to your post above.
The biggest thing for Americans to learn with houses is that bigger is not better. You can build a 1200 sqft house with 20 to 30 r in the walls and more in the ceiling and design the house for and install a wood burner and then you have eliminated the need for almost any forced air heating and depending on the stove, you can run water through it to heat it.
Nice idea! I am going to go build one for myself.
Thanks - J
You all did a great job on this one. A good challenge!
Incredible! Great work on an excellent job.
Incredible! Great work!
Excellent idea! Sure beats 1x2s screwed to upright 2x4s!
Hi, again :),
I just watched one of yesterdays interviews, and found out why no piers... I understand that.
I have also enjoyed watching this series. One comment, though, as some hopefully constructive critisicm. As I have watched, one thing that has caught my eye a number of times is comments about saving money on xyz. Absolutely in the real world this is something that is dealt with day in and day out. But, I am wondering if on this website, Fine Homebuilding, things should be more focused on building a better (finer) and stronger product, and not as MUCH about cost, although there still is a balance.
For example, not pouring piers for the shed. Ok, the cinder blocks are acceptable, but it seems like doing something well, would no doubt be to sink four piers. The shed would not go anywhere. Also, discussions about 16oc vs. 24oc. Is budget really that tight? Viewers can scale back the example that they see you set for budget purposes, but I would think that they would scale up what they see you build.
IMHO, it seems on this website, you should encourage people to build over and above code specs, for a more solid end product. And, saying this, I know that what you are building is not going to fall apart.
Just my $0.02.
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