House is HOME
The SEED Homes team jumped into action immediately, delivering a couple of space heaters, which tipped the balance and allowed internal temperatures to return to comfortable levels. With the cold plunge in the rearview mirror, their amazing team spent hours designing a permanent fix and rolling it out.
As I understand it, two measures should allow the house to stay toasty warm when icy temperatures return. First, all the ducting that runs through the crawl space has been fortified with extra insulation. This will allow the warm air being circulated to hold its temperature over longer distances. With the cold air slipping in under the previously exposed skirting, the air being offered by the furnace was tepid by the time it reached the vents at the back of the house.
The second thing that happened under the house was the fortification of the dog house, or the 2' x 11' foot structure that contains our furnace, air conditioner and HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) systems. That enclosure is now fully isolated, which will enable the furnace to function more efficiently overall, but especially during the days when windchills become a problem.
The challenges with the floating bamboo floor in the house have caused the SEED Homes team to recommend some changes in the studio building. There will be no in-floor heating in Birdsong Studio 3.0. Instead, the floor will be nailed down and other heating methods will be utilized. The flooring and tiling will also be done in the shop and arrived fully completed.
As a prototype building and on the front end of the development of processes and procedures of this new kind of modular construction, we have had to be patient. In a strange way, it's been fun (though at times deeply frustrating) to watch the lessons that are being learned along the way. With the conclusion of trim painting next week, we will be eager to fully settle in our new home. Before we know it, the big crane will return and Birdsong Studio 3.0 will arrive on site.