Holliston LEED House

This is the story of a family who built the first LEED "green" house in Holliston, Massachusetts. We were trying to spend no more than it would take to build an ordinary house,and maybe even succeeded. The dust is still settling.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Heated discussions

Lloyd and I were speaking of pumping in propane heat to the cellar area of the house in order to melt the frost at the basement ground level. Although it would allow us to set the lally columns to support the beamwork prior to the timber install, we run the risk of not melting it enough, or melting it unevenly. Lloyd would like to pour the floor, but also does not want additional settling and cracking once the ground melts in the spring.

In the end, we decided to stick with our temporary supports, with the backup being jacks if things look iffy during the erection of the timber frame. What we might save in time might be compromised in quality. And March will be here soon, with its potential thawing. We could only wish for April to come after February. Hmm.


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