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Moses

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Hi Lance and everyone,

I want to thank you for taking the time to document and share your design and process. I plan on building my house in the next five years in eastern Québec and Riversong's approach has really caught my interest. As far as I know, apart from his own publications, your project is the only one using his techniques that is being documented online. I am therefore grateful for everything you've shared so far and looking forward for more pictures, thoughts and lessons learned along the way. I hope everything is going well so far for you. Keep us posted whenever you find the time!

Moses in Québec

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Hey Guys, 

Construction is moving along way slower than anticipated. The weather is absolutely not cooperating with us and we've given up on trying to get the windows, doors and clapboard installed this year. It's just too wet and cold for our caulking and paint to work so this week we boarded up the house.

Lo and behold as soon as we do that we get a two week long warm stretch coming our way... today we broke a temperature record at 17C (63F). With the warm weather I'm going to attempt to get the main floor slab poured so I can do as much work as I can on the inside during the winter.

With a major fire under my ass I can't spend much time on the details but I'll give you a few pictures as teasers. Most of these are several months old.

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The above pictures show some of the framing details - in particular the Larsen Truss structure of the exterior walls and the 2x6 "ladder" that they sit on.

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Now that the house is all boarded up for the winter I've been concentrating on leveling the sub-base for the floor, installing the radon vent, laying the sub-slab insulation and preparing to pour the floor.

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Finally a few exterior photographs. At least the roof is complete. I'm somewhat embarrassed by the state of my yard but it's been mostly cleaned up since these pictures were taken.

Hopefully I'll soon be showing you guys pictures of my beautiful tinted and polished concrete floor!

Lance in Newfoundland



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Thanks for the update Lance. Nice to see the photos of the house taking shape as opposed to the 3D drawings. Do you have a heat source for working in the winter? Or will you have to use propane heaters for now?

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Once the interior walls are framed one of the first items to take care of is the chimney for the wood stove. I have the stove in my possession and I could hook it up but it's very small and the house is going to be very drafty... the attic and eaves are wide open. I don't think any method of heating will be practical.

That said, I don't mind working outdoors in the winter. My main concern is the materials I'll be working with. For example, I'll probably want a heat gun to warm up the end of a pex pipe before it's crimped onto a fitting.

Lance in Newfoundland

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Lance, how's the project coming along?
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Thanks for asking.

The last going off we had a heat wave in late November where temperatures were approaching 20C (68F). I made a mad scramble to get ready for the concrete slab to be poured before the temperatures dipped again but it didn't last. I got the sub-slab insulation finished but didn't want to risk ruining the floor in the freezing temperatures.

The conditions had gotten too wet and cold to attempt installing the Weather Resistive Barrier, flashings, rainscreen and cladding so we gave it up for the winter.

In the last few days I began gearing up for a restart in construction. I'm planning on boxing in the window openings with plywood and finishing all of the gussets soon. I may also frame the interior partitions on the second floor as well.

When the weather is warm enough to use adhesives and caulking again we'll get right back at finishing the exterior.

Lance in Newfoundland


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Hope you and your family are well. House the house coming along?

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Hi Chris. Thanks for asking. I've made a lot of progress in the past few months.The house is fully weathered in with the main floor slab poured and finished. Most of the interior framing is done and the attic is all sealed up. The wood stove and chimney are installed amd working too. I'll post pictures and details soon.
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Very nice house Lance. Thanks for the update.
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