Posts made in December, 2011

Space Heaters

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Electrical, Heating | 17 comments

Space Heaters

One of the most misunderstood elements of our house is the way that it will be heated.  Many people read the quote that it could be heated with two space heaters as it would.  Obviously, this led to a great deal of consternation, confusion and derision.  Aside from the fact that I don’t think it’s even possible to get approval from the city for something like this, it would be extremely expensive to heat even our house with electricity*. The difference between gas and electrical resistance heat is large here in Minnesota.  Gas is sold in therms, which represent 100,000 BTUs of...

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Days 81- 90: Finalizing the Shell

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Electrical, Siding | 13 comments

Days 81- 90: Finalizing the Shell

If you’re a Minnesotan (or maybe a fan of Game of Thrones), one phrase can send shivers down your spine: Winter is coming. It’s coming for us now, and Ryan’s team is moving as quickly as possible to get the shell secure before the snow begins in earnest.  “Quickly as possible” is really not all that quick, unfortunately.  The walls of the house are not simple by any measure, and the details are time consuming.  Building a wind-tight, waterproof, vapor open, highly insulated wall that will last for generations is a tall order in any climate, but we here in...

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