Passive Solar Retrofit Project

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The End of the Retrofit Project

For now… planning and plans to build on this particular passive solar project will stop. I’ve learned a lot and enjoyed the time in the house in Montrose, Colorado. As life can move a person to different locations through a lifetime, I have started work in and moved to Gunnison, Colorado (70 miles away). I [...]

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The Variance Passed

Amazingly, the variance for the house insulation/addition passed. I really wasn’t sure that it would happen after the last Planning Commission meeting. I admit it. I’m new to the whole concept of building. I thought getting a variance was a sure thing from the beginning. Apparently it is not. At the last meeting the shock [...]

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Passive Solar Site Design Planning

Passive Solar Site Design Planning

Southern facing windows do not allow the sun into the house, whereas in the winter, the sun reaches deep into the house.

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The Winter and Summer Sun’s Path – Solstice Picture Gallery

The Winter and Summer Sun’s Path – Solstice Picture Gallery

Here are photos of the sun’s path in the sky on the winter (top) and summer (below) solstices.

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Variance – Planning Commission Problems and Setbacks

Last night the Planning Commission had a meeting that looked at my variance application for the ability to insulate the east wall and build onto the house. It didn’t go as planned. I thought it would be a simple thing: grant the girl the ability to insulate and build onto the house. Background: The house [...]

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Difference Between An Owner-Builder and Hiring a General Contractor

Difference Between An Owner-Builder and Hiring a General Contractor

It turns out that a general contractor is a key player in the game of building.

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Downing Trees – Prepping the Area to Build

Downing Trees – Prepping the Area to Build

I have a hand saw. My rational was that if the gorgeous, large and truly amazing Sistine Chapel could be built before electricity and gasoline powered chain saws…

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Variance Application In!

Variance Application In!

A variance is needed when building occurs within a setback. Within the county that I live in, the code stipulates that the building of permanent structures must be 5 feet from the property line.

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Talk to Your Local Building Deparment

Talk to Your Local Building Deparment

While a person may have some really nice ideas of design and building, it’s a good idea to understand local building codes.

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Ideas and Background on the Proposed Retrofit

Ideas and Background on the Proposed Retrofit

Through the progression of winter and spring, I have thought about different possibilities that would create a warm space on the property.