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by Marshall Mayer last modified Aug 17, 2012 09:05 AM
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Stairs

by Chris from A PreFab Project  (prefab blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:04 AM
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We've got stairs framed, with temporary treads (we'll have bamboo at the end of the day):

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Who needs hot water?

by Chris from A PreFab Project  (prefab blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:04 AM
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I called our HVAC guy this morning to see if he was starting on our house next week like he's scheduled to; he apparently fell off a ladder and is going to have surgery for a ruptured disk. He won't be doing any work til next month. So I've got to call around for another HVAC guy... I'm out to the site tonight for the weekend; Sarah and the boys might join me for some (or all) of it. Working

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In (un)related news

by Chris from A PreFab Project  (prefab blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:04 AM
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I have been limiting this blog to house-related posts. And this only barely qualifies as house-related. Left my wallet in my unlocked car last night after I got home from WV, and somebody took it. So I'm dealing with canceling all my cards this morning. I thought I'd probably just left it in WV until I saw this activity on my debit card (for our LostRiverModern operating account) this morning

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So shiny

by Chris from A PreFab Project  (prefab blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:04 AM
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Home from a long and productive weekend out at the house. Here's what it looks like right now (with a finished roof!): Lots more tomorrow...

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Yeah!

by Chris from A PreFab Project  (prefab blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:03 AM
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I got to the house this morning to find: -electric hooked up; -roofers on my roof; and -DSL guy waiting for me. So I'm posting this from our bedroom floor! Ipe, cedar and drywall should be here any second. Only problems so far: when I turned the water valve on, I found out (when water sprayed all over the bathroom) that the plumbers missed a compression fitting on one of the pex runs. So I

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I've taken two aspirin every night this week

by Chris from A PreFab Project  (prefab blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:04 AM
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The Atlantic City Boardwalk is made out of ipe (so is the bike path on the Brooklyn Bridge). It's twenty or thirty years old now - no splinters, no rotting, a nice silver patina. Pretty good advertisement for the durability of ipe. One of the reasons is its density; it just doesn't allow water to penetrate it. And weight, as we all learned in seventh grade, is a function of density. So our

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But it's made of fiberboard!?!

by Chris from A PreFab Project  (prefab blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:04 AM
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So you're flipping through Dwell, and you see a nice table, and you email the designer (clue #1) in Italy (clue #2) and they email you back the name of a distributor in Georgetown (clue #3), and you call, and it's $6900.

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If it ever rains again, we'll stay dry

by Chris from A PreFab Project  (prefab blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:03 AM
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Haven't had much rain so far this summer. So our roofing delays didn't turn out to be the biggest deal. Constable Builders (David, Eugene and Wayne Constable) did the roof on Friday and they were great. They broke the galvalume drip edge at their shop and brought it with them: Installed the "cleat" against the eave: Fastened the overlapping EPDM membrane into the cleat and slid the drip

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Everybody's pitching in

by Chris from A PreFab Project  (prefab blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:03 AM
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I've got lots to detail from our progress over the last week, but first a big thank you to Sarah's dad Tony and brother Greg, who put some sweat equity in over the weekend and whose help we really appreciate. Sarah and the boys got in on the action, too, though the boys mostly supervised (here monitoring Greg's progress with the deck boards): "Dad, you're gonna break off ANOTHER screw in the

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Witold you so

by Chris from A PreFab Project  (prefab blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:04 AM
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Witold Rybczynski, an architecture critic and architect, authored a short review of the state of modern prefab last month in Slate. He was also interviewed on Day to Day on NPR. While I think he shortchanges some of the more successful prefab projects out there right now (notice no mention of MKD or Res4, two firms that really seem to be challenging the notion that architects can't/won't/don't

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