Construction Design-Randy’s Dream Design

Guess what?  I just won the lottery!  (Not really, but for the purpose of this blog, let’s pretend.)  I’m looking to build myself a new home.  I have choices.  I could build a McMansion with plenty of space I don’t need and will never use.  I could concentrate only on the interior finishes and how the house looks.  If you’ve ever read my blog, you already know what direction I’ll take.  The house won’t be big, a couple thousand square feet is plenty for me, maybe a rambler with a second story over part of it built on a slab, no basement or crawlspace.  Being a BS* guy, I would make an invest in the stuff that is hidden, those pesky control layers I often talk about.  It would be based on the Pretty Good House concept. Continue reading “Construction Design-Randy’s Dream Design”

Mechanicals-Heating fuels

There are many fuel options to choose from for heating a home.  Natural gas, if available, is currently one of the cheapest.  I’ve also seen fuel oil, propane, electric, wood, and even city produced steam systems heating homes in Northern Minnesota.  They all have advantages and disadvantages.  Today, I am going to discuss heating fuel costs and heat outputs. Continue reading “Mechanicals-Heating fuels”

Building Science-“Breathe”

In this blog, I’m going to discuss building tightness and the code dealing with air leakage.  The 2012 International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings is the current code in force for the state of Minnesota at the time of this blog.  Chapter 11 deals with energy conservation, what most in the building industry call the energy code.  The code on building air leakage states: Continue reading “Building Science-“Breathe””