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

by harttills from Tills Home  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:35 AM
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We have continued to struggle with the fireplace. On one hand, we really like the idea (smell, feel) of a wood burning fireplace. On the other hand, we are aware that it is polluting and worse for the environment than gas. Another major struggle has [...]

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The timbers have arrived!

by harttills from Tills Home  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:34 AM
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Our 26 foot douglas fir beams arrived on Thursday and they look beautiful! There was a bit of a mix-up, though...they weren't finished (as in varnished). It's kind of a mixed blessing, as now we will be able to really control the color and final finish, [...]

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Beam me up!

by harttills from Tills Home  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:34 AM
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Yesterday the first two beams were placed...those are the most difficult ones, and today should show a big change as more go up. That main beam will be trimmed down (it's about 6 ft too long right now) once all the others are placed. On Saturday Matt [...]

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The details

by harttills from Tills Home  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:38 AM
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The sofits of the garage and second story were completed this week with the same douglas fir tongue in groove paneling that will cover the living room and porch ceilings....The beams are now stained and ready to be placed first thing next week! By the end [...]

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A Word About Septic , Septic Design and Graywater

by Jan & Myleen from Sjodin Dream Home  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:37 AM
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For those of you unfamiliar, most of the lots that are out in the countryside aren't connected to town sewerage, so you have to get your own septic tank. It is where all your wastes go after you flush your toilet or clear your garbage disposal, if you [...]

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Picking Concrete for Our Kitchen/Bath Countertops

by Jan & Myleen from Sjodin Dream Home  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:34 AM
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I absolutely love this concrete that's so popular in modern homes. Mixed with river rocks and bamboo, I think it will have a very Japanese and modern effect that we are after. It's a very monolithic and organic looking material that we would like to use [...]

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Thought you couldn't afford solar panels?

by Jan & Myleen from Sjodin Dream Home  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:36 AM
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Now there's an affordable and totally attainable solution! I was so happy to find that there is a way to have solar panels without spending the $25,000-30,000 for a 3 kW system. Unfortunately, we don't live in the Austin Energy service area, so we don't [...]

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Choosing the U-build It Program

by Jan & Myleen from Sjodin Dream Home  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:35 AM
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Owner-builder programs can save you huge amounts of money (in our case, we would easily save $60,000) because you are basically taking over the builder's job of managing your house project and controlling cost and choice which suits us perfectly fine. We [...]

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Swedish toilets - why they rule!

by Jan & Myleen from Sjodin Dream Home  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:34 AM
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I think the following story sums up why Swedish toilets are superior to American ones (and why my Swedish husband insists we get 3 of them for our home). It's a hilarious, yet honest take on poorly designed American toilets. By the way, if you're easily [...]

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Unique rock wall for drip cooling can be made affordably

by Jan & Myleen from Sjodin Dream Home  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:38 AM
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Our architect, Ted Mengers, recommended making this gorgeous and unique pebble wall enclosed in wire mesh for catching and cooling breezes on our landscape. The possibilities are limitless, and we're considering using these dry pebble walls for [...]

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