Monday, 20 April 2009

Week 12, what's happening


They are putting on drywall, thank goodness because I told Sweetie 10 years ago that I was done putting up drywall. The drywall is affixed directly onto the ICF interior face. The wiring and plumbing is cut into the walls.


This is the start of the exterior finishing on the house.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Not only building, but quilting too

Just to assure you that my life is not completely taken over by building - I am still quilting....it has to be done soon.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Building the ICF house: Week 11 and 12

ICF = Insulated Concrete Form (inquiring minds wanted to know)


Week 11...
:the basement gridded for heat loops

This will form a drop down from the ceiling over the dining area:

Week 12...
... 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

Easter Egg Bread

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.

Wheat Free/ Dairy Free Easter Bread

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

End of week 10, things that will change...

Look, electric meters really do start at 0000.0!

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

This is how electrical wiring is installed in ICF construction. The electrician cuts a channel into the styro, presses the wiring deep against the concrete then the gap is refilled with foam insulation. Very neat and clean.

The tub has already been delivered. Watch this space!