Low-carbon Solar Mass

I was relieved to see the the house at #### - ## Avenue get torn down a couple of weeks ago. Once it was gone, I figured, I wouldn't be obsessively compelled to recycle it anymore.

The day before the tear down, though, Peter Amerongen started talking about reusing the foundation bricks as a mass wall inside the Mill Creek NetZero Home (MCNZH). I had raised the idea a few times previously, and he hadn't seemed all that enthusiastic, so I was going to let it go. He's the expert at reusing old material, after all.

The night of the demolition, this is what the site looked like:  read more... »

Saving Wood

100 year old houses are relatively convenient to take apart because the original structure contains no screws. Two by fours will come out just by being banged with a sledgehammer if there are no screws. My friend Ed and I saved about 50 2x4 studs from the old pink house that stood at #### - ## Avenue until last week.  read more... »

Reclaiming Cedar Siding

Man, there was a lot of wood around when they built the pink house at #### - ## Avenue in 1916. It turns out that the pink paint on its exterior is covering cedar siding. 

So as part of deconstructing the 100-year old house that the Mill Creek NetZero Home (MCNZH) will replace, I've been removing the cedar siding.  read more... »

July 28, 2008 - Demolition Day

I've been working like a donkey on deconstructing the house that now stands on the site of the Mill Creek NetZero Home. I'd love to pull every single 2x4 out that of that house by hand, but I have a raging case of tendonitis - it seems that the impact of swinging a sledge hammer can hurt your arms after a while. Who knew?

Anyway, we have a demolition date. First thing Monday morning, the pink house at #### - ## Avenue is coming down. If you have kids, feel free to bring them to the show.