From 2000 feet…

It was a perfect autumn afternoon to take flight—and so we did! The result was a birds-eye view of how the construction looks from afar.

We departed the La Crosse Regional Airport around 4:30, making our way west from the Mississippi River through the Root River Valley toward Lanesboro. Friends Drake and Carol (both pilots) were wonderful hosts for our hour-long flight—it was a sightseeing adventure for all of us, taking in the colors and patterns of the landscape, the undulating course of the river, and the landmarks that are becoming more and more familiar with every trip to the house.


Most importantly, it put the house in perspective; its proximity to the river, alignment with nearby fields, positioning toward the sun.


From this vantage point we see that the house framing and roof sheeting are nearly complete, the late afternoon shadows are getting ever longer, and the land is prepared for reestablishing native prairie.  


Above left, our flying chariot; on right, John, Carol, Nancy, Drake.

More pictures will be coming soon!



Lanesboro, Minnesota
Climate Zone 6 (cold/moist)
Latitude: 43° 44' 18'' N
Longitude: 91° 54' 48'' W

House Size

Net Treated Floor Area: 1,514 SF
Gross Square Footage (House only): 2,210 SF

Building Envelope

Roof: R-99
Wall: R-61
Ground: R-53

Windows & Doors

Glazing: U-0.10 BTU / hour / sq. ft.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): 0.48”
Frame: U-0.19 BTU / hour / sq. ft.

Modeled Performance

Specific Primary Energy Demand (Source Energy Demand): 12.1 kBTU / sq. ft. / year

Specific Space Heat Demand: 7.0 kBTU/sq. ft. / year

Peak Heating Load: 7,047 BTU / hour

Space Cooling Demand: 0.44 kBTU / sq. ft. / year

Peak Cooling Load: 3,625 BTU / hour

Pressure Test Goal: Whole House Air Changes Per Hour (ACH) = 0.4 ACH 50


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