Fort Collins, CO, US
Remodel contractor for smaller projects. Also involved with Green building, tiny houses, and city affordable housing board.
Thanks Eric, we will look into this resource for our attic full of vermiculite in Colorado.
Great podcast, I agree with Justin on the clamp/spreaders, I use them all the time! Patrick as well, only buy 12g extension cords for high amp tools. Also, I don't think most home owners have a speed square which should be on the list. Lastly, a small combination square that fits in a tool belt is essential. Handy for transferring lines on framing when set to 3.5" where a speed square is too big, and essential for marking reveals for casing, and or marking out cutouts for a jig saw.
Justin is so right about the blinding aspect of Tyvek wrap, as well as the unsightliness of it if it shows through the siding even a little. I would consider another product for that reason alone.
Thanks for the article Brian. I am a big advocate of going smaller for both social and environmental sustainability. Less people can afford houses today, and typical American houses are less sustainable than ever. I would differentiate small from tiny by whether or not it has to be built on a trailer because it is too small per zoning or IRC standards. I am currently building a "tiny" house 14'x7'8" but I have also designed a small 1000s/f house. Square footage gets tricky based on ceiling height. Ex. since I have a loft that brings the ceiling below 7' the area below is not habitable space, so what do I really count?
In the 1950s the average new house was 950s/f, in 1970s it was 1500 s/f and as you point out we are now over 2500 s/f. All of this while according to the last US census 1 and 2 person households are the new normal, leaving a lot of climate controlled storage for stuff.
With all respect for Susanka, she still uses Big as an adjective to describe her houses, as in "Not so Big." Jason Mclennan has said that large houses are just not environmentally sound and 450s/f per person is the biggest we should go.
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