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FINISHING CONCRETE FLOORS SIMPLY

When planning to build Underhill House, we chose concrete floors because we want the most energy-efficient heating and cooling.  Concrete is a great place to store heat.  Our house is designed so that in the winter, the sun will pour in on our floors, and warm them all day long.  […]

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PAINT

Trying to build as greenly as possible means constant decisions. When we got ready to paint Underhill House, we had two basic questions. 1.  What company to go with? We started out getting paint from Sherwin Williams because we were familiar with them and liked them.  We got the paint […]

PATCHING PUNCTURED PEX

Everyone I’ve talked to who has in-floor heat says they love it. Heat radiating from the floor feels like sun warming your back on a summer day.  And it sure beats convection current coolly wafting past you, blown from a distant forced-air register. I’ve been told that people will comfortably […]

NEW, LIGHTER DRYWALL IS WIN/WIN

Drywalling is the moment when a house is being built that the space becomes defined.  Framing out the stud walls is like a pencil sketch of the rooms.  Dry wall turns it into three-dimensional, enclosed, compartments.  At that moment you find out what your rooms are going to feel like. […]

WHERE TO BY YOUR APPLIANCES

Saturday morning the air was brisk morning with cloudy skies and a bit of wind.  I was keeping my hands in my pockets as much as possible at the farmers’ market underneath the water tower at the highest spot in Mineral Point (about 3 blocks from our temporary digs). I’ll […]