As you can see by the flickr pics, things are SLOWLY moving along. Some days it rains, others days there are other delays. I’ve learned that you should count on only about 2-3 days of completed work per week.
That being said, some decisions are on the horizon that the wife and I must make.
1. Wood flooring – some of the wood flooring needs to be replaced because it was exposed to the elements while the roof was off. This needs to be done for a couple rooms. With this new decision, we’re torn btwn choosing FSC nearly locally harvested oak or going w/ bamboo floors. The oak would keep true to the age of the house (1920’s bungalow), but the bamboo would definitely represent the modern aspect. Unfortunately, it appears that much of the bamboo is being imported so Oak may be the way to go. Unless someone knows of some locally sourced bamboo.
2. Hot water heater – there’s a good chance the hot-water heater needs to be replaced. I’ve searched all over and can’t decide on what to do. I had been leaning toward the Stiebel Eltron Tempra electric tankless, until i really understood the power requirements: 100-120amps for our needs. That’s over half the panel. My other thought was the solar hot water system that the guys at 100khouse were looking to use. However, the upfront cost was pretty steep and I don’t like the idea of possibly having to winterize the system; plus you’d need an auxiliary system.
I may end up w/ a gas tankless, though I’m not thrilled about a pilot light always being on. Or may see what it’d take to upgrade my panel to over 200. Anyhow, i’ve been doing tons of research to find the best fit for us and would be interested to know anyone’s experience w/ tankless.
3. Faucets – Wow, faucets are expensive. At least the ones we like are. Why does modern design = expensive? These decisions are mostly budgetary and only the dual flush toilets and low-flow spouts we’re requesting really have a green impact. Suppose i could go as far as finding out where they’re shipped from, but faucets are pretty small.
Other decisions include:
Vanities – expensive and not sustainable. How to choose?
Exhaust fans in the bathroom – looking for efficient and budget. The best i’ve seen so far will actually turn on when it senses humidity. Good for the shower area, not so good for toilet area.
I’ll post some more pics soon. Since they shld be putting the roof on this monday.