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Building at the Ledge – Part 6 (Remaing Walls)

Two weeks after setting the first wall in place, we’ve finished all the exterior walls and the key interior walls. Next week we’ll start putting the roof panels in place. My friend Tom came over to see the house on Tuesday the 11th, and boy were we glad to see him! We needed to set [...]
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Building at the Ledge – Part 5 (The First Wall)

Thursday we just bathed the slab regularly and cleaned up all the junk on the edges. Then Friday we got to start playing with those structural panels mentioned in the July 26 notes. We started on wall J, which is the west wall. Three windows, no doors, so it should be simple. The panels are [...]
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Building at the Ledge – Part 4 (Slab Pouring)

This was a day to remember. T.B. and Don and the concrete crew arrived at 6 a.m. The pumping truck and the first concrete truck arrived at 7. The early start is imperative in the July heat, since the hotter the temperature the faster the concrete sets. Starting early gives the crew a little more [...]
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Building at the Ledge – Part 3 (Slab Preparation)

These photos were taken during the slab preparation phase of the project. This first shot is taken from the knoll to the east of the building site. It shows the entire "floor" of the house. At the top left you can see the river, which runs roughly parallel to the south wall of the house. [...]
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Building at the Ledge – Part 2 (Home Design)

The house was designed by David Wright, an architect based in Grass Valley who has specialized in passive solar design for over 30 years. The goal was to design a modest-sized house (1400-1600 square feet) that was easy to live in and very efficient to heat and cool. Though I haven’t yet lived in the [...]
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Building at the Ledge – Part 1 (Project Overview)

I started this site because my dad and a few others have asked to see photos of the house that I’m building. It’s turned into a diary of the project, with as much information as I can include. You should know that a general contractor (I’ll call him T.B. for "The Builder") is the one [...]