It has been waaaay to long since I’ve last posted. Guess what? Life has gotten in the way! I guess I haven’t made it as much as a priority either since we are now at the stage in the game where the things that are going on are more “regular” house things and not specifically Passive House things. I don’t mean to diminish these things because I certainly care about the finishes in my home but they just don’t seem as exciting to document.
So, without further adieu here is a rundown of what has been going on!
Plumbing and Electrical: After several walk throughs with the plumber and electrician all of the plumbing and electrical is complete. It was a tad bit overwhelming having to choose where each and every electrical outlet and switch was going to go though! Plumbing, not so stressful. The biggest thing with both the plumbing and electrical has been to make sure that we are minimizing the number of penetrations to the exterior of the home. Each penetration is a weak spot for potential air leakage and needs to be meticulously sealed using special gaskets and tapes from Pro Clima similar to these. We also considered wiring that we might want for a future shop and have the wire in place through the chase so that we will not have to make another penetration down the road.
Heat Recovery Ventilator: Ralph installed the HRV himself, a Zehnder ComfoAir 350, and instead of traditional metal ductwork we used the ComfoTube system that Zehnder offers. Each run is completely independent coming individually from a manifold in the mechanical room. This HRV is capable of recovering 90% of the heat from the indoor stale air and put it into the incoming cold air. That’s pretty awesome! Once the heat is in the house it is so well air sealed and insulated that it stays in AND the HRV recovers the majority of the heat as it’s being exchanged. It’s like a heat prison 🙂
Siding: After a lengthy wait for the siding it arrived and has started to be installed. We chose to go with Cape Cod wood siding based out of Bedford, NS. It is a pre-finished kiln dried pine. The paint colour we choose is called Autumn Grey and the trim colour is Cape Code Taupe. We really wanted a renewable product on the exterior of our home and were pleased that Cape Cod is a member of the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada.
The colour is a bit tough to see in the pictures as they started with the North side of the house and I was there near sunset but here are a few pics to give an idea of how it looks.
Cabinetry: We now also have our kitchen cabinets and vanities ordered. We chose to go through a local cabinet company Prestige. We are going with a simple shaker style cabinet with a stain colour called Chocolate Pear Tree (it’s a dark brown). The vanities for the bathrooms will also be in the same style and finish. We changed the design slightly from the original in that we moved the refrigerator from the North wall to the East wall. This led to a bit of an issue in the location of the chase for the electrical in the island but it still worked.
Flooring: We just picked out our flooring a couple of days ago. We are ordering through Town n’ Country Carpet One in Summerside. We’ve dealt with them before and were always pleased with the products and service. The main living area will be laminate, kitchen and baths will be vinyl, and the bedrooms will be carpet.
What’s Next? Lots! The siding will continue to go up and the porch area on the west of the house will need to be built. The carpenters will work on this while the drywallers, seamfillers, and painters are working inside. Hmmm… I guess we better pick out some paint! We also need to nail down the hardware and counter tops for the kitchen and vanities. The style of trim and doors also need to be decided. Ah, the decisions!!
Well, if you’ve made it this far, thanks! I’m finding it a little bit crazy how things go when you are building a house…. plus, trying to work full time and be full time parents to four little ones! It will all be worth it though when we are in our energy efficient home that we took great care in planning and building!