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.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Paddock's Progress

Doug, Red, Bob and Jason were back from Paddock Carpentry to put up the east porch and how sweet it is. They were just putting on the carrying beams when I left after Flip and I sorted all the scrap wood and moved the piles around. Meanwhile, Sam and Paul were climbing up the north side of the house with shingles, and Chris Lombardo got his plumbing inspection. Two down, one to go--the building inspector comes on Tuesday to give us the thumb's up (or down, hope not) so we can go ahead and board things up.

Money's tight now, and we had many discussions on whether we could move on the porch at this point. Given that there were two exterior doors and a fireplace there, we Had to build at least a deck. When we costed out the incremental increase to roof it, we found we wouldn't be paying that much more to complete it. With a few cost cuttings on materials (using pressure treated instead of redwood or fir), we will eke it through the exchequer with a simpler design and a slight green tinge to the decking and posts. How appropriate.


At May 23, 2009 at 6:55 AM , Blogger Claudia said...

Eeks, the exchequer!
As for the green tinge, you can always paint!


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