Underhill House will be hosting an open house

Friday October 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.

3487 County Road H, Ridgeway WI 53582

Underhill House in July.

We’ve made a lot of progress since our last open house when the timbers had just been put in place last July.  Unfortunately for the photo, it’s rainy this week.   (Fortunately for the ground water, it’s rainy this week – remember July?)

Come check out our hybrid structure now just  a few months from completion.  We are melding classic building practices like straw bale, plaster stucco and unmilled timbers with cutting edge materials and technology – using local materials where possible –  to create a home that will be comfortable, durable and extremely energy efficient.

This is a great chance to learn more about:

Un-milled timber frame construction (see my post Your Next Building Material – Unmilled Branching Timbers  )

Straw bale walls (see my post Straw Bales for Underhill House and Where they Came FromCO2 neutral Caster Oil-based foam insulation (see my post Insulating with Castor Bean Oil is Triple Green)

Passive solar design.  See my post  How Much Passive Solar Heating Do You Want in a Warming World?   

Lime plaster stucco (see my post Why We Chose Lime Plaster Instead of Portland Cement Stucco )

Solar-thermal hot water for both domestic and in-floor heat ( see my post Clark Kent Floor Turns into Superman When It Flexes Its PEX )

We hope to see you there.

3 replies

  1. Darn – I have theatre tickets that day, which I’ve already exchanged once! I really wanted to drive up for this. Anyway, have forwarded this post to Anne and Robert. Maybe they will drive up. Hope you have another open house soon. 🙂

  2. Hello,
    I am a carpenter/engineer in Australia, and wanting to develop some techniques using un-milled timber like the structure of your house. The US seems further a long at this and i was just wondering/hoping if you could point me in the direction of some information or resources you or your building council used to check the design?

    That would be great,
    Warm regards,

    • Hi Charles,
      A building inspector did check our house at several stages in the construction. He had inspected non-conventional homes before and was on board with our structure. The company that built our home has morphed from home building to industrial structural components, but they may be able to help you. Here is a link http://www.wholetrees.com
      Best wishes with your project. We love our home.

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