Garage and etc.


For the past few weeks we’ve been working on a variety of things, HVAC, plumbing, electrical and the garage.  Unfortunately, nothing is completely done but we are gradually getting there.  Here are some photos that should give you an idea of our progress.

HVAC

ERV Ductwork

Because the house is heated and cooled by a point-source minisplit system, all the ductwork is being built for the ERV.  Michael Bonsby Heaating & Air Conditioning worked with us to come up with the most logical location to house the ERV and lay the ducts (we came up with a plan before but once the house got put together, it just didn’t seem logical anymore).  To preserve the ceiling height, in majority of the second floor, we set the ducts to hug the ceiling as much as possible.  The ducts themselves were sealed with mastic.  Michael’s crew did an excellent job putting it all together.  We will be doing a duct blaster test to see how tightly they were sealed.

Here's our Ultimateair RecoupAerator 200 DX

Click here to learn more on the ERV http://www.ultimateair.com/products/standard-features/

Outside Unit Location

Here’s Michael showing us the location of the MiniSplit outside unit and the penetration on our wall. Michael, sorry for cutting your face out!

Plumbing

Laundry Plumbing

Plumbing is not as directly linked to heating and cooling performance of the house as say, HVAC, so our coverage tends to be a little thin.  Plumbing is actually very important to take into consideration especially with regard to penetrations.  We are using Studor vents to reduce the number of penetrations.  We will also equip the home with a  ventless/condensing dryer to lose that dryer vent and keep the dryer heat in the house.

Lighting & Electrical

Lighting

The home will be lit mostly with recess lights (approximately 60 of them).  We elected to use regular can that takes bulbs with regular screws.  It really makes no sense to use dedicated LED cans.  Their initial and replace costs are both way too high.  LEDs are now being made to go into almost every type of lighting fixtures.  Prices are dropping too.  When we first started designing this project (more than 1 year ago) a 75w equivalent LED bulb was $49 at Home Depot.  These days they cost less than $30.

Ceiling

Since we have a SIPs roof, the only way to have recess lights is to drop the ceiling.  Intellistructures built tray ceilings in all three bedrooms on the second floor.

Garage

Garage framing is also underway. We have these giant steel beams which allow us to cantilever in the front and side entrances.  I can’t wait to see the terrace above.

Garage

So, for now, that’s all we have.  Stay tuned!

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