Category Archives: Construction

Building a Concrete Slab to Last Forever

BUILDING A CONCRETE SLAB TO LAST FOREVER, AT THE OFF-GRID HOMESTEAD Can something we build today, using the materials and techniques available, last forever? Like the ancient Pyramids and Temples in the world? With a focus on durable materials, solid soil, and proven best practices of construction, I believe it is absolutely possible to build […]

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Controlling Heat Flow and Cracking in Concrete Slab

CONTROLLING HEAT FLOW AND CRACKING IN SLABS ONE BUILDING, TWO SLABS Two of the five concrete slabs at the off-grid homestead are now complete. The barn has two completely separate slabs for one building, with a two inch gap between them, filled with two (2”) inches of rock wool insulation to control heat flow and […]

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Rock Wool Insulation for Floor of High Performance Tiny House

ROCK WOOL INSULATION FOR FLOOR OF HIGH PERFORMANCE TINY HOUSE In August of 2016, we posted a video describing the design and construction of the foundation and floor framing of our High Performance Tiny House in Florida. Since then, we have made a lot of progress. We’ve also prioritized the design and construction of an off-grid, […]

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Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home This is the home. This is the hole that Sparky (electrician) “innocently” made to feed a wire to the light on the front porch of the High Performance Bungalow. I discovered it a day or two after our home performance diagnostics team, Carl Seville and Abe Kruger, of SK […]

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Handmade Barn Door makes Architects’ Condo Remodel

HANDMADE BARN DOOR MAKES ARCHITECTS’ CONDO REMODEL Without a doubt the 6′-0″ wide by 8′-0″ high barn door, made with wood salvaged from deconstructed homes in central Florida, is the first thing visitors notice in our 8th level condo in Midtown Atlanta. It was installed as part of the major remodeling we did last year. The barn door, along with […]

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