This Friday May, May 25, we’ll be having the first open house at the Underhill construction site for anyone who is curious about this project.
Underhill House is a fusion of conventional, green and natural building techniques and materials with the goal of making a house that has a small initial carbon footprint, is easy and green to heat and cool and will provide shelter for a long, long time.
Since March we have:
- dug into our south-facing hillside,
- poured the foundation and the basement walls,
- built a 30-inch-tall slipform stone wall around the exposed basement
- done some additional wall framing above it that encloses the basement level
Last week, the unmilled timber framing began with the placement of the first beam and post followed quickly by all the joists between the basement and main floor.
It’s time to throw open the doors and invite anyone interested in this process to come out and take a look, get some questions answered and join the network of green and natural building materials, strategies and techniques that Underhill House encompasses.
Doug and I will be on hand. Our construction manager and representative of Whole Trees Architecture, Bryan Dalstrom, will be there. Some of our very skilled crew may hang around too.
We’ll have a slide show of the process to date and be ready to talk about what lies ahead:
- A vertical application of PEX tubing in a thermal mass wall
- Timber framing the main part of the house
- More slipform stone wall construction
- Straw bale walls
- Natural plastering inside and out
- Why we decided a sod roof was the right choice for this house
We’d love to see you.
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Place: Underhilll House, 3487 County Highway H, 1 mile south of Ridgeway WI
(From State Highway 18-151, pull into Ridgeway, turn south on H and go about a mile. We’re on the left side of the road.)