Thursday, June 20, 2013

Siding and knee braces

Siding is going up! This gives a big hint on one of the house colors, too. Neighbors, don't worry. It is an accent color used in spots, not all over. ;-) Bill has learned enough about water damage to other people's homes over the years to prime the plywood on all edges before it goes up. It takes extra prep time, but it's worth it.

He has also been working on knee braces. Not for a cyclist's knees, but to support the overhangs in a beautiful way. The length of the overhangs have been designed to provide passive solar. That means that they protect the house with shade in the summer and let maximum sun in during the winter. The position of the sun, the orientation of the windows, and the length and height of the overhangs all work together to help us need less heating and cooling.

Knee braces waiting to be installed after the siding is up

Lots of fine carpentry work!

Tilt your head to the right and you can see how these will look when installed. Got it?

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