Steady work and a new season

The season has turned, bringing cool evenings, warm days, and darker mornings. We stopped to talk with Jeff, JR, Troy and Tom this morning and it was strange to see them in coats and gloves after so many blistering hot days on this job. A soft mist hung over the meadow where the house stands.

The weeks until the season turns again are numbered and there’s a lot of work to accomplish before real cold comes. The crew was focused today, cutting and installing sheeting at the west end of the house, where roof trusses went up yesterday. Framing is the priority this week and will continue into next, when breezeway trusses arrive and roof prep makes way for steel roof installation in mid-October.

While John went over details with Jeff this morning, I went after some rust on the old clawfoot tub to see if Shaw’s Pads work. I picked them to try instead of chemical removers, and I’m happy to say they took off what was there. On one of these next sunny days, I’ll haul the tub outside to clean the entire thing, so it’s ready to install before it gets too cold to work easily outside or in the garage.

The rest of the day was spotted with calls, e-mails and orchestration related to garage door installation, a missing product in the materials bid, invoicing, truss delivery, clarifications about insulation, and questions for the roof installer. The working dialogue goes on and on…often interesting, sometimes tiring, but always moving us forward and connecting us to people who are doing their level best to do good work and make this house a reality for us.

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  1. I am enjoying seeing the progression of the house and garage! The photo of the house and garage with the mist all around is beautiful. What an exciting time for you!


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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