Sep 13, 2018

Modern Prefab House New Project On West Coast, On East Coast A Hurricane Nears Our Passive Solar Prefab

The Modified Dogtrot Mod Passive Solar Modern Prefab House in the Pacific Northwest Begins!
Passive solar modern prefab house from Green Cabin Kits: The Dogtrot Mod
This is the standard Dogtrot Mod, before modifications.
Ok now let's dig into this prefab construction project! 
Here are more pictures of our standard Dogtrot Mod modern prefab house so you can better see what the client changed:

Now THIS prefab house, a modification of our Dogtrot Mod in the Pacific Northwest, will henceforth be referred to as...
Wolftrot.


First: Wait. What happened to the Dogtrot Mod?!? 
The clients extensively changed it! 

They enclosed the breezeway to accommodate for their Northwest local conditions.
The breezeway is now a solarium!
They also changed the roofline to address snow loads / local conditions, as well as to add solar.

There is a basement!
HOWEVER, the basement is in just one area, and the rest of the Wolftrot prefab house rests upon slab. 

The clients also designed a garage to accommodate daily practical function as well as a workbench area.


We will continue on with the Wolftrot project after the hurricane!
What? Yep, on the East Coast, Hurricane Florence approaches, so y'all hunker down!

Is your area not directly in Hurricane Florence's impact and want something to do during all the hurricane's rain? Why not use that time to go through all your clothes, all your kids' clothes, try them on and if they don't fit, make a donation pile so that when this is all over, you have a bag ready for those in need. Sort bags by size.

I know my kids have been growing all summer, and in the Back To School frenzy this was a chore not yet done!

We did have a great summer.
A few videos, pictures at the end.
Anyhoo...
People ask why my blog posts have slowed.
"OhMyGoshIsTheCompanyPhasingOutThePrefabs?!?"
Nope.

Folks, in our family, we have entered The High School Years and they t'ain't pretty.
Not that anything bad is going on, but often, teens are NOT FUN.
They are moody, computer-y, irritating-y, angsty, emote-y beings so sometimes instead of wanting to write, which previously I enjoyed, I instead just ponder on how teens can suck the lifeforce and joy out of keep you busier than you anticipated, thus writing is not as fun, hence put on hold.

I will try to write more even though teens suck the joy out of writing and make me feel like a miserable haggard mom because I cherish these teen years, too.

If you happen to be parents of teens or have recently survived those years: CHEERS!
(And honestly, as chafing as teens can be, they really are great kids. And hardworking. And adorable.)
BUT.
I feel like every day all I do is walk around screeching like this hawk I confronted after a kill.
THIS. IS. I. DURING. TEEN. YEARS.

It WAS a fantastic summer. But.
Now It's Back To The Off Grid Passive Solar Prefab House.
With Hurricane!
Reading Club:
  • Young People Don't Want Construction Jobs. And That's A Problem For The Housing Market 
  • From Forbes:
    "But innovations in homebuilding are delivering more affordable, sustainable housing, and that could relieve some of the pressure in areas where homes are hard to find....Prefab houses featuring design principles that save energy and reduce the homeowner’s carbon footprint can be a great alternative to traditional housing.

    The new tax law won’t immediately affect federal tax credits that were already in place to encourage the use of solar electric or solar water-heating systems in qualified residences or new homes. Homeowners can still take advantage of this credit when they purchase a new home with eligible renewable energy features. Currently, homebuyers can get up to a 30% federal tax credit for solar systems if they take up residence by December 31, 2019. After that, the tax credit is reduced gradually until January 1, 2022."
  • Amazon Isn't Paying Its Electric Bills. You Might Be.
    "Virginia’s largest utility, Dominion Energy Inc., had planned to run an aboveground power line straight through a Civil War battlefield—and Thomas’s property—to reach a nearby data center run by an Amazon.com Inc. subsidiary. After three years of petitions and protests in front of the gated data center, skirmishes punctuated by barking dogs and shooing police, Dominion agreed to bury that part of the line along a nearby highway, at an estimated cost of $172 million.

    Within a month, however, the utility and state legislators had passed on the cost to Thomas and her fellow Virginians. The state’s House of Delegates approved Dominion’s proposal to raise the money needed for the Amazon line with an as-yet-unannounced monthly fee."
  • Hog Farmers Scramble To Drain Waste Pools Ahead Of Hurricane
Anyhoo, I end this with lots... and LOTS... and LOTTTTTTTTSSSSSS of summer pictures, as we head back to our life off grid at our own passive solar modern prefab home. 


Harold.
My pet skink who lives in the kitchen.
Oh. You don't believe me, do you. 
Check it out: Harold can even do tricks!



Yeah, I know, it's never the same as the real thing...
Race team!

Remember what I was saying about the teen years?
Want examples of how, uh, trying teens can be?
Well, there was this:
(PSA to fat lazy pool squirrels: FARM KIDS ARE FAST!)

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