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“Right Sizing” and Durability – Part Two

The initial cost of a home is far from the total, real cost. As I mentioned in my previous post, the long-term life-cycle costs account for 85% of the monetary cost of a home; only 15% is that initial cost. A significant portion of that 85% is maintenance and repairs. I am actually amazed at the number of builders and […]

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“Right Sizing” and Durability – Part One

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There are many aspects of a home that are important. I want to highlight two of them in my next two posts: Physical size of the home and the durability of the materials. I’ll talk about size in this post and touch on durability in my next post. As you can see from the chart, in the last 30 years, […]

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Thinking of Net Zero

We’ve been in our home 4 months now (coming up on 5, actually). Time sure flies. As of the end of October, we have been using an average of about 295 kWh of electricity per month (remember we are 100% electric, no gas). And we have built up an 1,800 kWh CREDIT going into the winter. We may just make […]

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Moved in and Settled

We have moved in. We have settled in. Pictures are hung on the walls. Landscaping is complete. Fence is in. Electric bill is still a negative dollar amount. Have not driven my car to work in almost four months. Walking a lot. Biking a lot. Loving it.

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We Are Down to Three Days

We are down to three days before we move in! Final coat is on the wood floors, just a few minor detail things to do, landscaping is in, cottage is rented, and both solar systems combined are churning out about 63 kW a day. Our 34th anniversary was today and tomorrow is Father’s Day. Life is very very good. Cleaners […]

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We Are in the Home Stretch!

  We are in the home stretch on our new home. I haven’t posted for a while because there haven’t been a lot of visible changes and this stage has been very time consuming with the last details. Inspections are down to final electrical, final mechanical, final plumbing and final building.  Insulation is complete. Exterior stone is almost done (just […]

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351 West 15th Ave – For Rent

15th AVENUE COTTAGE 351 West 15th Avenue Available July 1, 2015 (UPDATE: The cottage has been rented) Award-Winning Architect-Designed, Brand New Construction Bright and Beautiful Craftsman Style home Live near the center of downtown Eugene, just a short walk or bike ride to the Farmer’s Market, Saturday Market, 5th Street Public Market, Restaurants, the Library, Banks, Churches, the University of […]

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Wood Floors are Done

We finally have something I can post a picture of. And I believe it was worth the wait. Our wood floors are now down and two of the three coats of finish are on them. And we have to say they are gorgeous! We purchased the wood for our floors in June 2010 when we thought we would not have […]

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Insulation, Sheetrock and Plaster

It’s been an interesting few weeks. We’ve spent a significant amount of time (and money) drying out the houses in order to insulate. So everything during this time pretty much ground to a halt other than running two large fans, three dehumidifiers and three heaters getting the moisture content of our interior wood down to 10% to 14% and sending […]

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Energy Efficient Appliances

In addition to the LED lights, which use about 1/4 to 1/3 the electricity of an incandescent, we will be using energy-efficient appliances in our homes. When people think about energy efficient appliances, they usually think about Energy Star. And while Energy Star is a factor in our decisions, it is a voluntary program. So as we’ve made our selections […]

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