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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Energy Efficient House

Hangar Insulated and Interior Progress

October 30, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated October 30, 2019

The hangar now has insulation. Fiberglass batts in the walls and blown in cellulose in the ceiling. I need to climb up into the attic to get a picture of the cellulose. The wall insulation should be R-25 in the bays. I need to calculate the average R value including the bridging losses. Similarly, when […]

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Hangar Enclosed (almost)

October 15, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated October 16, 2019

Lots of visible progress in the first half of October. Getting the roof on made a big difference. Read the full build story to see earlier and later stages. Ike hired a framing crew to help out installing the trusses. The crane arrived at 6:30AM and by noon all the trusses were up, and the […]

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Hangar framing

September 30, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated October 16, 2019

By end of September the external and internal walls were up and the trusses had arrived. See the full build story for earlier and later stages. Ike and Warren built the walls on the ground and then lifted them up with a forklift. While they waited for the trusses to be delivered, they built the […]

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Radiant cooling and hangar progress

September 15, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated September 19, 2019

Mid-September update on the hangar. Most of the site work is done. The site crew had to import crushed stone and bigger gravel for the taxiway and apron. Without it, the trucks kept sinking into the sand. We are waiting until after the outside of the building is done before we pave. They dug up […]

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Hangar progress: foundation

August 31, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated September 17, 2019

Making some progress on the hangar. By beginning of September, the foundation was in and most of the site prep was done. We knew the utility lines to the house would be going straight through the hangar foundation. The one unexpected hiccup, was we had lots of loam on our property, and not so much […]

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Land clearing for a hangar

August 9, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated September 17, 2019

It’s been 9 years now that we have lived beside a runway, and we are finally going to build our own hangar. A big thanks to Jack Belletete, a friend of Tyson’s family and a pilot, for helping us with the building design and putting us in contact with contractors. The loggers started clearing the […]

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Fall Traditions

Emilie Phillips
updated November 7, 2018

This past weekend we started on our fall chores. Firewood First, we stacked wood. Usually we cut and stack wood, but this year we hadn’t set any green wood to dry in the spring, so I ordered wood. Simply stacking takes a lot less time than cutting, hauling, splitting, and stacking. Tyson and I stacked […]

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Solar Panel Temperature Sensor Replacement

September 30, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated October 3, 2018

Our temperature sensors for our solar hot water panels failed. This is the first repair we’ve needed to do on our roof and it was quite a puzzle figuring out how to get up there. Here’s a video showing the process: To install the new thermistors, Tyson removed all the old insulation and tape, and […]

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We designed our own energy efficient house. We posted lots of updates while the house was being built, but since then there hasn’t been much to say. Checkout our overview of construction techniques.

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