The biggest change to the house since my last post is that we now have windows and doors, yay!
The windows are triple pane argon filled European style tilt-and-turn windows from Bonnechere Valley Windows in Eganville, Ontario. From other blogs that I have read, it seems that many passive house builders have chosen to purchase their windows from European suppliers because they are more efficient. While that may be true, I’m not sure if the added expense to bring them here is offset enough by the energy savings they will have. Also, by buying locally, I know that we can contact the company if we have any problems, and besides, it doesn’t seem right that my windows have done more travelling than me.
In addition to the windows, the roof is now covered in tin. There is still a roof to go across the south side of the house that will shade the windows in the summer time, as well as a porch roof on the north side.
South Side Exterior
North Side Exterior
South Facing Inside
The next two pictures show the opening options with the tilt-and-turn windows. When the levered handle is up, the window tilts in with the top opening.
And when the handle is sideways, the whole window swings in
Progress is being made with the second floor now framed and roof trusses installed.
You will notice in the above pictures that all the windows have a box around them. To help make this house energy efficient, our exterior walls will be thicker, with more insulation than your average house build. To do this, we are having Larsen Trusses attached to the exterior sheathing, which creates a cavity for the insulation. Our builder, Paul Coutts, can be seen in the above photo applying a special tape to cover all the joins in the OSB to make the house air tight. The picture below shows what the trusses will look like.
We are hoping the windows and doors will be installed in about two weeks time.
Since purchasing the property, we have had lots of time to think about what type of house we would build. We started out thinking about a house in the Ontario Farmhouse style, then possibly a log house, then relocating an old log house that was built in the Ontario Farmhouse style.
But traditional house plans did not offer the layout I was looking for. This house was going to have a small footprint, too many rooms would make it feel small and choppy, so it had to have an open concept. We have, what I think, is a lovely view to the south, a rolling field that heads down to the cedar bush, and I wanted to bring as much of that view into the house as possible. We wanted the house to be cost efficient to build, as well as heat and cool.
So what did we choose? We have chosen to build a passive house. A simple rectangular house with extra thick walls and a large expanse of windows on the south side. A wood stove in the middle of the house will heat it nicely on really cold days. Our house was designed by Mike Cooke of Resilient Works. I supplied Mike with some pictures and drawings and a list of what I was looking for and he went from there.