Wednesday, June 25, 2014

XHouse1 First Build - drywall happening right now

The work has entered the next phase. The exterior is mostly done and weather tight, the systems inside are installed, and the house fully insulated. Its time to finish the interior.

Remember to check out the images on the catalog page for this house, so you can see how its turning out so close to the visualization presented there. There is even a drawing of the master bedroom!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

PA Plat House - new Plat House build coming this summer

I am very happy to see that we will have a new Plat House build to follow this summer. A customer in Pennsylvania is building the very first Plat House in the Quaker State, and I know I am looking forward to watching this one get built. I may even have the opportunity to visit this one - a rare pleasure.

What you see here are a pre-cast concrete foundation wall product called Superior Walls. They prep the house footprint with a stone bed, and the pre-cast wall sections are brought in and placed without a conventional footing. Very fast, very tight, pre-insulated. Not inexpensive, but a great product.

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Sunday, June 01, 2014

XHouse1 First Build - siding complete, insulation as well

Pleased to share that the siding work is complete - the cladding is installed on all 4 sides. And the stone wool insulation inside is also complete.

The tan color is the factory paint primer, but the house looks remarkably like the illustrations from the catalog page.

The stone wool insulation is almost complete in this photo. The 2x6 walls are insulated with R23 stone wool batts by Roxul. The ceiling/roof has two layers of R30 - this is possible because the dense stone wool is only 7.25" thick for R30, makes it easier to have enough room for two layers. The internal partitions are sound insulated with an additional stone wool batt. This will be wrapped around the interior with a smart vapor control membrane that blocks moisture vapor when dry, breathes if wet, and contributes to the airtightness of the house.

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