November 17, 2006
Week 3: Everything seems to be about things made from metal…
The second floor is REALLY progressing, with the spaces being defined by the framing. We discovered that the storage areas behind our future master bedroom closets are large enough for a person to stand in—more than adequate amounts of storage that should be easy to get to if the HVAC system doesn't disrupt them too much.
HVAC: we had a meeting to address concerns that too long a run of ducting would result in an inefficient system, particularly since the duct diameters are limited by a lack of space. The solution involves high-wall vents and some re-arrangement of ducts in the closets. We are also considering the alternatives for the HVAC system itself—debating the merits of a no-CFC (chlorofluorocarbon)—but likely less efficient—system to a CFC-charged, more efficient system.
We have chosen a steel roof for the house. This is more efficient
and environmentally friendly than composite shingles, and will last A
LOT longer. Metal is also consistent with a Texas aesthetic, and the
neighborhood has a number of examples as precedent. I have done some Photoshopping of a photo of the house to get an idea of what it will
look like. (This will help us choose colors for the outside of the
We have discussed a rainwater collection system, and I fantasize about a yard that is watered 100% by rainwater that is collected and distributed by a drip system as needed. We will investigate the options.
We have spent time this week considering appliances—looking at those that have the highest efficiency ratings, particularly. Also choosing bathroom fixtures—a tub, toilet (low-flow!), a sink, countertops (recycled glass/terrazzo-style!) and tile.