The House

As you can see from the banner on the home page, this house is about as simple as it gets.  Two stories.  About 2,000 interior square feet.  Three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a small office, 1st floor laundry room, and a basement.  The drawings may be a bit busy, but they should be sufficient to give you an idea of the layout:


Some of the other pertinent details:

– The basement walls will be Insulated Concrete Forms with an 8″ core. An additional 2″ of EPS foam will be added to the exterior, and 6″ inches of foam will be placed under the basement slab.

– The house will have a 2″ by 6″ frame, with “advanced framing.”  Zip-System sheathing will be used.  Four inches of EPS foam will be applied to the outside of the sheathing.

– As in a number of other passive houses, Intus Eforte windows will be used.

– ThermaTru Classic-Craft doors will be used for the exterior (although we will not be putting a door on the rear wall of the house as shown in the drawings).

– The main roof and pents will be asphalt shingles, the porch roof will be metal, siding will be Certainteed fiber-cement, and exterior trim will be by Azek.

– Heating and cooling will be via a Mitsubishi mini-split, and the ERV will be by Ultimate Air 200DX (details will follow).

–  Hot water will be provided by a GE Hybrid-Heatpump water heater.

– The first floor will have a 9′ ceiling, and will have fir beams across the kitchen/living area.

– The second floor will have 8′ ceilings, and 18″ of cellulous insulation overhead.

–  And we’re on a “country” lot, so a septic and well will be used.

Since the house is so simple, I’ll be working hard to give it some character via built-in cabinetry on the first and second floors, wide-plank reclaimed white oak flooring, craftsman-style trim inside and out, fir beams in the kitchen and family area, a central fir beam that will appear to run the length of the house, some second-floor transoms above the doors, and some possible brick or stone on an interior wall or two.  I plan on being very busy.



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