Moving Day!

Move-in was on the 15th and it went well. Being in feels very good. The colors work. The floor finish is impressive. The stained finish on the interior doors is beautiful. The kitchen countertop goes very well. It’s been neat starting up all the new appliances. I’ve cooked several meals already. The Zephyr range hood is striking. The built-ins by the fireplace, after getting the books and handicrafts on the shelves, lend that homey ... Read full post »

Finishing issues with AAC Block

The septic tanks are in. There are two tanks, this being a pumped system in which the septic field is in the upper part of the property. The stucco is on and looks fabulous.  Jose was a perfectionist.  He started with a skim coat of portland cement and sand.  That was necessary to smooth out the imperfections of the AAC block work. Then the base coat was put on.  We used a product by MasterWall, Inc. It came in bags and got mixed ... Read full post »

Spray Foaming the AAC Block House

Icynene spray foam was installed Monday at our AAC block project . It took about 5 hours to do the roof deck and gable ends. This is a sealed attic, eliminating the need to insulate at the ceiling joists. Even the upper chord of the roof trusses were covered, minimizing heat transference through the wood. The attic will not go through temperature extremes, subsequently giving added life to the HVAC equipment. Everything was sealed perf ... Read full post »

Building an energy efficient home with AAC Block

Synergy Building Co. began to clear a house site in December 2008 and poured the footing during Christmas week. This is an 1800 sq.ft. 3-bedroom, 2-bath solar-oriented, energy efficient house built with AAC block (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete). This 8” thick lightweight solid block has a high insulation value and is fireproof and is an affordable alternative to wood framing. In addition to a radiant heat slab-on-grade, the house will ... Read full post »