|Just a small 11,000 lb hoe ram (not me...the machine!). |
This is my uncle David, owner/operator of the tiny,
ultra-quiet (not!) machine.
|The co-operative effort of taking down the big oak tree. These are our neighbours, lumberjacks Peter and Alistair. It sure was nice having the machine's assistance to assure the tree landed where wanted, rather than on Priscilla.|
|Making sure the rock is gone from all areas where footings need to be when the house is oriented to true south.|
|One machine is good. Two is better! One hammering, one clearing.|
While all the hammering is happening at Turtle Falls, architect Chris and Homesol have been working with the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) to finalize the details for the house. There has been a major change in the look of the exterior of the house from the first version I posted earlier, but the floor plan remains the same. As I was writing this paragraph architect Chris called to discuss further design changes to the exterior. It's interesting to watch the changes morph the house from one form to another. We have certainly gone from one end of the spectrum, with a flat roof ultra modern look, to the other end with this version that looks more bungalow-like. Some changes were expected to happen in order to accommodate for roof overhang necessary to tame the summer sun streaming through the south windows. Ras was happy to lose the higher roof projection to gain the wrap-around deck. After talking with Chris it seems there will be much more morphing to come. Changes to the garage and it's roofline are forthcoming. So, for now...this is where we're at.
|The latest version of the south east elevation with the lowered roofline, extended overhangs and decking.|
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More to come, no doubt. Too exciting!