Next Week at Bunny Vista

With the log house and timber frame in place, the construction at Bunny Vista continues with a different focus.

This week we are looking forward to the arrival of the structural insulated roofing panels (SIPs).  SIPs have a layer of insulation sandwiched between two layers of structural sheathing. SIPs are often used with timber frame construction or in place of conventional stick construction. They are strong and weather-resistant and can be used for roofs, walls, and foundations. They are compliant with many “green” building programs, because their production has minimal environmental impact and because they are very energy efficient.

We are buying the SIPs for Bunny Vista from R-Control, which has a manufacturing facility in Winchester. There have been some delays with the SIPs, which were scheduled to arrive as soon as the timber frame was raised. After many conversations with the manufacturer and the distributor, Kelley went to Winchester with Aaron last week to pick up the panels, only to find that they had not been manufactured to the specifications Jordan had provided. The distributor has promised to deliver the panels on Wednesday, and Jordan will arrive on Thursday to install the SIPs, after which we will all breathe more easily. In the meantime, the timber frame is wearing a giant sheet of plastic to protect the cypress ceiling from the weather.

Kelley stakes the tomato plants. Bunny Vista, with plastic sheeting over the ceiling, is in the background.

Kelley stakes the tomato plants. The house, with plastic sheeting over the ceiling, is in the background.

The plastic is keeping the timber frame ceiling dry. We hope.

The plastic is keeping the timber frame ceiling dry. We hope.

Cypress ceiling, one of the skylight openings with black plastic behind.

Cypress ceiling--one of the skylight openings with black plastic visible behind it.

Lewis has finished applying the base layer of the chinking to the exterior logs; the base layer is a traditional mortar over lath on wide openings and Grip-Stick foam on narrow openings. This prepares the log walls for the Perma-Chink. Kelley has been choosing the stain color and the Perma-Chink color.

Kelley tested lots of stains. We really like the silvery gray color that the logs naturally have, but staining and sealing will help keep them sound and even out the color.

Kelley tested lots of stains. He rejected all of these. We really like the silvery gray color that the logs have gotten with age, but staining and sealing will help keep them sound and will even out the color.

The winning stain.

The winning stain. Stained section is at top of log face. Unstained section at the bottom. We think this color is a good match for the logs and still shows the beauty of the wood.

On Monday, Eric Thompson of Earthstar Systems in Waynesboro will arrive to lay out the mechanical room and figure out the tubing arrangement for the radiant floor heating on the first floor. He will also lay out the trenches for the geothermal heating and cooling system. Sometime this week we will dig two 300-foot trenches, five or six feet deep, which will each have three rows of one inch tubing.

Kelley is also getting ready to place the order for windows and doors. Although he plans to make most of the doors for the house, we will buy the doors leading to the porches of the timber frame.

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2 Responses to “Next Week at Bunny Vista”

  1. pufferbelliestoys Says:

    The ceiling is GORGEOUS! I haven’t seen it since the timber-frame topping off, when it was half done, and I just think it’s stunning.

    I like the picture of Dad and the tomato plants. Just think how convenient it will be when your kitchen door is right there close to the garden, instead of way down the hill. Yay! (Plus, your asparagus looks freakishly enormous, which I also like.)

    Erin

  2. Robin Blanton Says:

    Excellent post! You are moving forward on many fronts. I think the chosen stain looks perfect. It doesn’t actually look like a stain at all to my eyes.

    I love the picture of the timber frame ceiling and also the one of Dad with the tomatoes with the house and the little slice of your view in the background. I can imagine what it will be like to live there when the house is done.

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