Friday, November 8, 2013

The first Three Months

This is just a quick update on the utility bills. We have been in the house for over 3 months now. The weather was very mild for August and we were out of town for 6 days of that. I suspect the bill next year will be a good amount higher. Just to recap, this house is pretty much all electric. There is a propane tank for the range, we have our own well and septic. I suspect that our biggest energy hog is the water heater. I am not sure how I can go about confirming that though. September and October both seemed pretty normal so Those bills should be pretty reflective of what we can expect in the future. The HVAC has been off 99% of the time for the past 2 months. The house has been 66° in the morning when we get up and by the time we get home from work it is up to about 70°. On a couple cool cloudy days we will turn the heat pump on to get the temp up to about 69° before bed then shut it off. So far I am very happy with how things are working. It will be interesting to see how things go once we really start dipping below 30°. We just closed on the old house so my focus will be getting the wood stove put in. The stove will be the primary heat source when winter really creeps in so it will be interesting to see how well it keeps up. We did decide to keep the stove from the old house witch is a jotul f100. I am working on figuring out how the outside air kit works with it. It will be interesting to see how well this small of a stove will work in this size of a house.Anyways, here is the first 3 months utility bills, August 2013-October 2013.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Alright, that's a wrap. We just passed our final inspection. I will post up some final interior shots in the next couple of weeks. I will also be tracking the utility bills closely and I will report back when I have a decent amount of data collected. Beyond that I will be shifting my terrible writing to my other blog at I will be focusing on the happenings around the house, mostly cool little projects like charcoal making, wood gasification, electricity generation, small scale animal husbandry, gardening, permaculture and "stuff".

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Almost Done (3)

Last night I grouted the backsplash, or at least the part of the back splash I was allowed to put up. I think I found a propane guy to get a tank out here, Garretts Propane. I found a great deal on a range yesterday online and it happened to be in-stock. That got dropped off today. I also found some good deals on a fridge and a dishwasher so we went ahead and ordered all of our appliances. As long as the propane guy comes through we may be ready for our inspection tomorrow afternoon. CRAZY!

Some Inside shots.

Napoleon Gray Marble



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Almost Done (2)

My to-do list has dwindled. The list is finally a manageable weekend project. I finished getting all the counter tops in. The Sinks are all installed with the exception of the drain on one. I have to reset on toilet because the wax ring is leaking a bit. The work outside is pretty much done. The downspout drains are all in except one, the sidewalk is done. We had a new load of gravel brought out and the west steps are placed. I talked to the inspector today and he said we have to have a functional stove, so I am trying to find a propane company that will get a tank out there asap. We were going to use the primo and cook on that for a month or two.

Anyways here are the "final" pics from the outside of the house. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bathroom counter done and one sink mounted

Just a quick update. I used a lithium silica densifier and sealed the master countertop. We got it put into place and fit one of the sinks up.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Almost done (1)

Alright I finally feel like we are in the almost done stage. There are really no "big" projects left. We finished spreading out the dirt piles and ran a harley rake over the yard and got it in pretty good shape. We spread some grass seed and it has rained a good amount so the seed has been wet for 3 days straight now. If we have any chance of getting the grass growing in July it is this week. We got the front door hung and it fit just perfect. We bought the hand rails for the garage and basement. Those should go up in a day or two once the stain dries. We have a bit or trim to finish but that should go pretty quick. The concrete counter tops are coming along.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Rail, counters

We made some more movement yesterday. The rail around the stairs got delivered. The limestone counter tops for the kitchen got dropped off (except for the pieces around the sink) and I started polishing the counter tops for the bathroom.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Countertops are setting up

We got the concrete in the forms. I am not super thrilled with how it all went. The fiber optics went terribly. That may be a complete failure. The "white" concrete was full of tan sand. The brown counter for the guest bath I got way to wet so I am pretty worried about the final strength. Hopefully it all turns out. I had to order a new secco polisher, my other one died after one job. If this one does not do better I will be done with this brand. Ok enough complaining. I will pull the forms tomorrow and start the finish work on them.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Another busy weekend

Either the siding guys or the drywall guys hit a wire and we had a short in the garage. So I had to cut an access in the garage attic and install a couple junction boxes. One more project off the list. The only electrical left to do is wire up the island and move a can light that is in the way of the pantry. I got the steps built for the north and south sides of the house.

Also got most of the network cable terminated :

Calee finished grouting the showers:

And I got the forms all ready for concrete.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Rock is mostly done, Tile is all up, doors are hung and trim is underway

We have made some pretty big strides this week. We had an old family friend come out to give us some pointers on the rock, turns out he could have it done in a day for about 300 bucks, DEAL!

We still have to wrap one more post but that should be pretty easy to get done.

We finished getting all the tile put on the shower walls. We will start caulk and grout this weekend. We found these Little brackets called quick door hangers at home depot and we got all the doors hung in a few hours. Once that was done we hit the trim pretty hard. That is another project we can probably have done by the end of the weekend, or at least pretty close. We started staining the front door so that will replace the temp door next week.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Wall tile progress, water, electric ect.

We have chipped away a little more at this project. The tiling on the shower walls is moving along nicely. We should have that part finished up by this weekend.

I also has the plumber come and hook up the water, so we have water in the house now. He also put in the urinal while he was here.
I finished up all the outside electrical and it is pretty much done on the inside too. We had a few issues but I think everything is working properly now.

And last but not least we had a load of gravel put on the driveway. It is going to be nice to not have to drive through mud to get to the house now. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Trim, doors, well, tile, ect.

We are down to lots of small jobs at this point. The well is in and the pressure tank is set. Unfortunately the plumber didn't stub out a place for us to tie in at. I finished up the shower pan for the master bathroom and Calee got the tile laid on the floor of the shower. We finished up the heated floor in the master bath and laid the tile in both bathrooms. Now we just have to finish up the shower walls.

The cabinet guys got most of the cabinets set. The counter top guy came and got the kitchen measured. I am going to do concreted for both the bathrooms.

After 2 weekends with a paint sprayer we finally got all the trim painted. We finished trimming a couple windows yesterday. We also finished up the stairs.