6 Comments to “What we’ve been doing while pricing out the roof…”

  1. Maureen

    Jul 25th, 2010

    What’s wrong with my eyes that it looks like the house has 6 foot ceilings? That can’t be possible…… (grin)

  2. James H

    Jul 26th, 2010

    I think it is the perspective. One of the walls appears closer to the outside wall than it actually is making the height of the ceiling look low. Having stood on top of the framing it doesn’t feel low that is for sure :)

  3. Sandra

    Jul 26th, 2010

    I think the lowest part of the ceiling (at the back in the deepest part of the U, that is bermed) is 7.5 feet. Highest point at the front (framed walls for windows) is 10.5. Must be persepective. Maureen, when you visit next year you will see! :)

  4. Chris

    Jul 27th, 2010

    Lowest part of the ceiling is well over eight feet, but I actually forget the measurement!

  5. rene

    Aug 2nd, 2010

    Good effort!
    I’m worried about your lumber rotting on the dirt. With moisture up against it comes wood rot.
    Seems to me that a true “Green” home would be a teepee. No concrete, no lumber, no excavation or hauling of aggregates or sand, no fuel consumption, no fiberglass insulation, no drywall…..

  6. Chris

    Aug 3rd, 2010

    Hi Rene,

    Many of these same thoughts about green building have occurred to me … particularly as I watch the excavator move material around the site. The simple reality is that there have to be better alternatives to what currently is common construction practice and this is one alternative.

    As far as the wood rotting this is also a valid concern and one that I have worried a lot about. The wood actually does not touch the earth. (The wood in the pictures that is in the ground is actually part of a concrete form that was never stripped off.) Some wood IS covered by the roofing membrane and the edge of the membrane is buried as part of berming the building. All of the wood that is covered is treated with a borax based wood preservative. However, the land around the back of the building is sloped to move water away from the building, and this is the critical aspect to the construction with regard to ground moisture. Moisture simply should not accumulate at the back edge of the building.

    Honestly, my bigger concern is properly ceiling the roof.


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