Monday, 20 April 2009
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
:the basement gridded for heat loops
This will form a drop down from the ceiling over the dining area:
... heat loops on the gridding. This will now be covered by the concrete floor to form a solid heating mass.
The drop down is now up and in place from the ceiling.
Here the plumbing is fitted into the ICF insulated wall.
Interior walls can also be insulated (mostly as a barrier for sound).
The exterior board: stage 1
A last look at the naked house:
Sunday, 12 April 2009
We had 2 breads to enjoy today. This is the first time that I have prepared the Easter Egg bread with raw eggs. My usual recipe never specified any thing so I always set the hard-boiled eggs in the braid.
I had already packed my cook books so we had to scout the internet for an alternative recipe. This one said to place the eggs - uncooked - into the braid. I tried it. The egg I had was not completely hardened inside; I guess that both the egg and the bread could have benefitted from another minute or two in the oven.
We played around with ingredients and recipes and made this wheat free bread for Sweetie to have while we enjoyed our Easter Egg bread.
So, into the bread machine (according the manufacturer's suggested order):
9 ounces soy milk
1 1/2 tbsp oil ( I used grapeseed but any vegetable oil should work)
3 tbsp honey
3/4 tsp salt
3 c Spelt flour
2 tsp Guar gum
3 tsp yeast
Process as a dough. When it was ready I rolled it into 3 equal "ropes", lightly floured them and then braided them together, twisting into a circle. You could just leave it as a loaf though if you like.
I glazed the dough with and egg yolk glaze and then sprinkled liberally with sesame seeds. This was baked in a preheated 375 F oven for 20 minutes ( actually I baked it nearly 28 minutes so that is why this one is so dark); if it is too brown, cover with foil then finish baking another 20 minutes at 325 F. This really took about 45 minutes to bake but it probably would have been good at just under 40 minutes.
If this was baked in a loaf pan you likely would need the whole 45 - 50 mintes time.
Anyway, It has a nice texture and is soft enough for spreading warm jam on top.
Monday, 6 April 2009
This is the new heating and cooling duct work for the main floor. The heat vent is a 4" pipe. The basement floor will have in-floor radiant heat coils installed. These will all be heated with geo-thermal sourced heat energy.
Windows and more windows:
The glass block windows in the ensuite / a refitted window into the ICF / Sweetie in the kitchen