The framers have to cut all the bottom and top plates on the 2x6 exterior curved walls from 2x10’s. They’re doing it with a circular saw as they would ripping any framing lumber.
Framing of the screened porch began this week, too.
In short, this is a challenge to build and we all understand it adds approximately 30% to the job costs. Installing drywall, trim, cabinetry, flooring – all have to be thought through due to the special requirements of the curved walls. This is a dramatic house unlike any we’ve done before and we're looking forward to sharing the process with you.
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Synergy Building is pleased to be finishing their third and fourth homes for The Community Home Trust (CHT)--previously known as Orange Community Housing Land Trust (OCHLT.) CHT is a private, nonprofit developer and steward of affordable housing in Orange County.
Teaming with Synergy, CHT has built four new "Green" homes in the last two years. These homes, located in Carrboro meet Energy Star standards and System Vision requirements as verified by Advanced Energy of Raleigh. The first of these home completed for CHT was featured in Chapel Hill's Green Building Tour in May of 2008.
These homes include an open floor plan with first floor Master bedroom, two additional bedrooms upstairs and two full baths.In addition to their spectacular floor plans they feature the following energy efficient items:
- Advanced Framing techniques ( a collection of techniques to reduce construction waste and the lumber required for wood-framed houses, while increasing energy efficiency and simplifying framing layout)
- Sealed attic and crawl space
- High-efficiency HVAC system
- Cold air ventilation system
- Spray foam insulation from Allied Spray Foam
- Energy Star® appliances
- Low- or no-VOC paints, caulks, & adhesives for good indoor air quality
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures
- Low E windows
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