Foundation excavation completed – NetZeroBuild update

Foundation excavation completed – NetZeroBuild update

Progress Update: July 24-2013

NetZeroBuild Progress Report

1.We have all the main beams cut and ready to install.

2. We did the excavation today and it went perfect.

3. The first few support trees have had the white oak inserts installed

So we are off to the races is:

1. Keep working on the trees

2. Get footing forms in and poured

3. Prep all the trees for install  

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Working with Wood and talking with Eric

July 23 – 2013

It’s always a treat to chat with Eric.

He is a master timber framer and has forgotten more about timber framing than most of us will ever know.

He received his apprenticeship in Germany and works in the Haliburton Highlands.

Thanks for visiting our build.

Next step has already begun.Excavation took place this week.

You may read about it right here. Shortly. We’ll have some pictures up as well. sawmill is on the way sawmill is on the way

Sawmill is state of the art!

 We have worked out all the design details with the Erik Michele and the Engineer.

I feel very fortunate to have found Rob , Michele and Erik  ( Engineer,draftsperson and timber framer ).

It’s so great to have them on my net zero team.

Each one brings great expertise to the party.

We will be ready to get our building permit next week.

The larger, more automated saw mill will arrive next week and we can start sawing the timbers.

This will be very specialized as the timbers will be like nothing I have ever seen before. I still need to find and harvest a few more maple columns.

I cleared the area where the mill will be setup today and went hunting for some column pieces. It’s going to be great to start shaping the columns and the big timbers.

Can’t wait.

During my quest to find the perfect tool to help with the debarking process I met a friend of Erik’s.

Andy is an expert in wood cleaning and finishing. It was great to go over his thoughts and experience on the process.

Thanks Andy… so good to meet you today as well.

Signing of for now.

All the best…

Lou main floor plans finalized main floor plans finalized

March 20. 2013 – Net Zero Build and Design

Update On Site and plans:

All building plans are near completion.

The Engineer has extensive experience with timber frame building.

The locally harvested timbers are cracked up and ready for the sawmill. When the weather breaks the stripping and cutting will begin.

The septic permit is in place and test hole is done. has hired a master timber framer for the month of June. I had him do some work on my current home and it worked out great.

All the timbers have been sealed at the ends to minimize checking. We scoped all the timbers for the build and we have lots of fabulous timber on hand.