We were hoping to be well into the project by this point, with not-so-distant visions of enjoying Turtle Falls in something other than a mobile mouse house. Poor Priscilla! She was neglected so much this summer that the vermin vacationed there more than we did. Why such neglectful behaviour towards our beloved Priscilla, you ask? The Reader's Digest version goes something like this....
|Ras with her new, but gently-used, water toy.|
But why the delay in the building, you ask?
Let's just say that we lost the race against time to have Contractor Mark start our house before he had to start the next house in his queue. It all worked out as it should have though. The delayed start date for us gave us the chance to help Lou through his recovery and get him established in his new location. Lou loves his new joint...ha...I meant his new place, but I'm sure he probably loves his new and improved hip joint too!
Onward and upward...passive house Casa Tortuga is finally underway! It all started with one little truck loaded with high density geofoam for the sub-slab insulation. Then 2 more truck loads followed the next day. Smaller trucks are the only option for the winding driveway into Turtle Falls.
Here's what the excitement of the last few days looks like.
|The first load of foam arrives at 4pm on Thursday.|
|Two more loads arrive mid-afternoon on Friday. And then we had a |
weekend of high winds that lasted through to Monday night.
|Nicer weather and the crew both arrive Tuesday, bright and early.|
A chainsaw...with a foam-cutting blade?
|Two layers of 7-inch (17.8cm) thick sheets getting assembled.|
Seams are off-set to lessen thermal bridging.
|14 inches (35.6cm) of high density, foot-warming, thermal-breaking|
insulation for under the concrete slab.
|Foam install almost complete.|
The frost has no chance of getting into the ground now.
|Next up is the plumber, so until he gets here the foam has been |
covered with tarps to keep the wind and weather away.
Next up...the plumber will carve out the necessary water/waste lines in the foam before the slab gets poured.
Here's to hoping there are no more 4 month delays!