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, July 22, 2009

On the blink. My camera. Replacing it. Today. Promise.

Sam is finishing the conversion of the bureau-to-vanity process, which isn't simple, certainly not on one of them. Chris Lombardo is doing the plumbing finish, and Pearl's seed is coming up around the lawn. Today has turned hot, which will help the seed burst up from rains of yesterday.

LEED notes: Although you do get LEED points for coatings like paint and varnish, the 1/2 point you get is not enough to make anyone bother who doesn't already care about off-gassing. However, there are several decent floor finishes with a lower VOC and some excellent, albeit rather pricey, paints (notably, Ben Moore's Aura).

The finish on my floor is about 2/3 done, with fun stuff like tripping over the stain tray and having poly holidays all over the place and knocking things downstairs. Oh well, as they say. I'll buff and screen and put down a new coat and it will be good as... new? One hopes.

The tile in the kitchen and bath is looking swell, and now we have a sink and dishwasher and will soon have a fridge as well. We have three working toilets. We have a washer and dryer. And if Sam survives today, we have almost finished the vanities. Chris Lombardo is willing to give the Chambers stove conversion a whirl, and we're going to attack that tomorrow, I think.

I took some time off to be with my girls today and get Madison a new pair of specs. After all, life does have to go on, house or no house.


At July 23, 2009 at 8:28 AM , Blogger Claudia said...

I will be up to help on Saturday.


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