We have been living in the house and enjoying the view, for six months. Lately we have tested it with a lingering Polar Vortex. The fireplace has been nice to have.
But frankly, it is during these cold snaps that a homeowner realizes the impact that their decisions concerning energy efficient building products like insulation, windows, doors and other infrastructure come to roost.
With so many considerations and choices that people have when building a custom house, it is easy to undervalue the impact of energy efficient products, along with their added costs, at the planning stages.
The finished product always comes with some surprises, even after building a custom house from the ground up and I know every square inch. But houses come alive when people move into the space. Even the first scratches and dings are part of this transformation. It is the people, kids and pets that makes the house start to have a feeling or an energy, and that is when we can experience the home rather than just the house.
Send us a note at Durango Developments Ltd. and find out how we can help you build your custom dream home, or modify your existing home into the perfect spot to stay.
Where are we at?
The house has been going very well. After a summer of building, framing, digging, grading, retaining, roofing, prepping, installing, insulation and dry walling among other things, the custom built house in Montgomery is taking shape.
It's hard for me to believe in my last update I was talking about the gorgeous spring that we had. Although our progress has been great we did have some hiccups; with an unusually wet summer, and Hardy, who worked with me for more than a decade, decided to change careers which was a big blow and then, even more rain.
At last report we were just about to start framing the second floor. We did get to the second floor, the roof and windows and doors. The exterior finish of EIFS stucco and Board and Batten siding is about ½ way done at this point.We decided to have Beyond Foam insulate the house with BASF’s Walltite Eco® a revolutionary spray foam insulation. BASF utilizes recycled materials as well as renewable resources to make the first 2lb spray foam to be given the EcoLogo® and it is purple.
At Durango Developments we feel that durable and energy efficient homes are extremely important especially with Calgary's climate. Using high efficiency furnaces, appliances, ICF foundation walls, spray foam insulation and triple pane low E windows throughout will all help keep the warmth in during the winter months and help the house stay cool in the summer. Keeping the weather outside with these and other eco products and materials also help the structure of the house by not allowing air, which carries moisture, through the walls. Moisture issues are becoming quite common building problems due to air moving through walls and preventing this helps stop moulds and other moisture issues from occurring.
We are weather tight and warm with temporary heat. We do not use our new furnaces to heat the house until closer to completion so as not to prematurely age and/or damage the new equipment. The drywallers have been busy boarding and now they are doing the finishing touches with their mudslinging and tape.
We are getting ready for the winter by completing some of the retaining walls and garage. After the weeks end we should have the garage framed and be back inside to start the finishing!
Thought I better provide an update on our latest custom home.
We have had a gorgeous spring in Calgary and have been building away on our latest custom home.
The sloping lot started to take shape with the energy efficient ICF foundation blocks. The concrete was poured on a cloudless day.
But it wasn't really until the main floor subfloor went on and we backfilled around the house that the lot and house took shape.
Most of our main floor walls are now up showing window and door openings. The very large opening on the front will have an impressive 14' Kolbe folding door system that will open the wall of windows up onto the not yet present deck.
We are now ready for the second floor engineered floor system to be delivered and in a few days we will be able to walk on the second floor! I can hardly wait to see the view from a little higher up.
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The exterior of a house is a system that is called the building envelope. The building envelope is comprised of everything that is keeping the weather outside of the house, including siding, stucco, windows, doors, chimneys, etc. The details of the building envelope are more complicated when there is a hole in the structure... but admittedly windows and doors are pretty nice to have...Read more
It is true that a custom home may require more design time and sometimes there are added features that can take more time to build. But is it really fair to say that it costs more if you are getting more?
By the time your design is finished and your product selections are chosen the cost of your custom home can be quite accurately estimated. In order to keep the costs for your custom home in line...Read more