• Trial of Cold 2022-01-22 12:00 AM

    One of the biggest question marks when building the house in Vermont using passivehaus ideas was how it would handle truly cold weather. It ... read more

  • New Year’s Assessment 2022-01-01 12:00 AM

    The year has ended. It was a challenging one for us in many ways but we are settling in to both the house and the state of Vermont. We went ... read more

  • Winter House Performance So Far 2021-11-28 12:00 AM

    Winter has finally arrived here in Stowe, Vermont. For the last month, snow has been teasing us with flurries here and there but nothing ... read more

  • The Sofa Has Arrived 2021-11-20 12:00 AM

    For those of you watching this blog over the course of the last few years, you will already be aware of the shipping and logistics ... read more

  • Living In The House Fully 2021-11-14 12:00 AM

    The past few weeks have felt like we have moved past the “just moved into our new house” and into the phase where we are settling in and ... read more

  • Living In The House: An Assessment So Far 2021-11-04 12:00 AM

    The storage facility was emptied out this week and so we no longer are bearing the expense which is helpful because November is shaping up ... read more

  • Stasis 2021-10-18 12:00 AM

    This week we lived with minimal interruptions from subcontractors. That can be good news or bad news depending on what you’re looking for. ... read more

  • A Week Inside 2021-10-09 12:00 AM

    My wife had a few days off this week to help unpack and generally settle things down in the new house while our son was in pre-school. ... read more

  • We Moved In Yesterday 2021-10-02 12:00 AM

    And so here we are. Finally. We all woke up early, too excited to sleep despite being awake most of the night planning what was going to ... read more

  • Retrospective 2021-09-24 7:00 PM

    August 2019 Same spot, August 2020 Same spot, August 2021

  • Faster Progress 2021-09-23 6:00 PM

    This week was supposed to start slow but when we went to the site things were in full swing. After getting a surprise concrete pour for the ... read more

  • Closing In On Moving In 2021-09-18 12:00 AM

    As I said before, our current plan is to move in on October 1. The house won’t be done but it will save us considerable money if we get ... read more

  • Plodding Along 2021-09-11 12:00 AM

    The past week was mostly plodding towards the goal of a finished house. It is hard to capture things like new coats of paint and wiring and ... read more

  • Small Change 2021-09-04 12:00 AM

    This week I realized that the weekends have become less jubilant than they once were. Not because I’m no longer working and every day is ... read more

  • Doors and Slats 2021-08-29 12:00 AM

    This week was a mix of progress and frustration. The slat railing was installed this week. They started with the balcony hand rail which ... read more

  • Progress This Week 2021-08-21 12:00 AM

    This week was a big one because the hardwood ash floors and stairs were sanded and finished. They look fantastic but also will allow a lot ... read more

  • Busy Week at the Build 2021-08-14 12:00 AM

    After what felt like a glacial pace last week, this week was a large leap forward. We were just stopping in briefly each day to stay out of ... read more

  • Cabinets and Railings 2021-08-07 12:00 AM

    This week saw progress but it looked slow because it needed a lot of precision and planning. The long-awaited cabinets arrived from Stark ... read more

  • Some Happenings This Week 2021-08-01 12:00 AM

    This week reversed or resolved some of the crises we had last week but some of the more difficult ones persist. Overall the week saw some ... read more

  • Rough Week 2021-07-24 12:00 AM

    I keep hoping we will have a revelatory week where things magically finish as expected and we make strides towards move in by leaps and ... read more

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