Archive for March, 2009

I’m your fan

Cirrus Hugger in white.

Cirrus Hugger in white.

We hadn’t really planned for a ceiling fan initially. But after getting reacquainted with a region where running the AC in the dead of winter is not unheard of (two years later and we’re STILL thawing out from New England’s harsh winters), we started mulling.

But, it’s just so hard to find a simple, unobtrusive ceiling fan that’s also durable and affordable (come on IKEA!). G Squared’s Artemis and just about everything on offer from Ron Rezek’s Modern Fan Co. are quite nice, but… cha-ching!

Hampton Bay’s 60-inch White Industrial Fan had offered a glimmer of hope. It is minimally designed, energy-efficient, and quite affordable at $59.97. But after the guys installed it two weekends ago (sorry Will and Matt), it just looked… well, cheap (and being the proud, card-carrying typography snobs that we are, we were appalled by the design of the wall switch).

About that time, DWR had just started it’s Ten Year Anniversary Sale (15% off and free shipping) making what we’d initially had our eye on ever-so-slightly more affordable (that and Liane’s $50 Christmas Gift Card). So we dismantled the Hampton Bay, took it back to Home Depot, and splurged on Modern Fan Co.’s Cirrus Hugger in white (it also comes in silver/brushed aluminum).

It’s up, though not yet running (I took on the installation duties this time… fingers crossed we’re all good when the juice is turned on)… and looking super-cool (photos forthcoming)!

More about the Cirrus from the Modern Fan Co. site:

“At 13-inches, the Cirrus Hugger is designed specifically for low-ceiling applications. While compact in scale, this hugger is an exceptionally powerful air mover. Although refreshingly simple in appearance, (the Hugger) involves mastery in design, powerful motors, maintenance-free bearings and Ron Rezek’s invention of blades that insert directly into a single-piece rotor.”

“Modern Fans can keep you comfortable while helping to reduce energy consumption in several ways. Like a nice breeze on a warm day, moving air offers recognizable relief from heat and humidity. This effect allows for upward adjustment of your AC thermostat by as much as 8 degrees, resulting in up to 40% reduction in power consumption. In many cases, air conditioning can be turned off entirely, with a Modern Fan using less electricity than a standard light bulb.”

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Week 37.1: hit the deck

Plan Master Terrace ©Green Bottle Workshop, LLC

Plan Master Terrace ©Green Bottle Workshop, LLC

With the paint drying on the inside volume structures (photos soon, once we’re up and running again after yesterday’s unfortunate C-Lux tragedy!), and the subfloor enjoying it’s last hours of light before bamboo-ing begins on Wednesday, the Green Bottle Gang—once again ably assisted by the Hardie Boys—turned their attention outward and upward to the master terrace deck.

More or less gathering pollen (and, fleetingly, a bit of snow) since it’s weather-proofing back around week 25, Monday saw most of its bare spots covered in the remainder of the Hardie Board fiber cement siding used to great effect on the rest of 1133 (again, photos forthcoming).

After this, only the decking and the glass handrail remain before the master terrace is in full service. Heck, we’re even wired for sound!

As for the decking, we’re going with composite over wood. Composites, which blend ground-up wood and plastic, can last two to three times longer than conventional decking material and don’t require painting or staining. We’ve narrowed the field to two: Weyerhaeuser’s ChoiceDek® available exclusively from Lowe’s and Home Depot‘s reputable Veranda™ line.

According to their site, ChoiceDek is composed of 100% recycled content—recycled wood fiber encapsulated in recycled polyethylene. Not much info on the Veranda site regarding it’s Green-liness, but Consumer Reports has given it top marks in its category, beating ChoiceDek in its resistance to mildew and sagging (woo hoo!).

Either way, we’re probably going with the gray.

C-Lux drops, crax

Klutz drops C-Lux.

Klutz drops C-Lux.

Dropped the trusty C-Lux today whilst showing some nice folks around the house.

It’s not working.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Sending it to Leica USA for repair tomorrow.

Fingers crossed.

It’s not easy being green (the no-blues blues)

It was around week 29 that we received the bad news: no jeans for 1133. With the receipt of one fateful estimate, our denim dreams died… and died hard. Reality bites… and at an estimated $12K for Bonded Logic’s Ultratouch Recycled Cotton Insulation, it was a bloody, vicious bite (our budget for insulation was around $2K). Crestfallen and incredulous, we reluctantly agreed to fiberglass.

But, as they always do, the Green Bottle Gang came through, managing to find something in our price range that was still respectful of our desire to stay clean and green—Guardian Building Products.

According to the Guardian site:

“Guardian Fiberglass meets the highest possible product certification for indoor air quality standards—Greenguard Certification. As part of an on-going certification progress with Greenguard, batt, roll and loose-fill insulation products are tested each year to ensure that Guardian products continue to be in compliance with the strictest of air quality standards. Guardian Fiberglass helps a quality home environment.”

Week 34.1: 2 down, 1 to go

2 of the last 3 windows are sorted (for the downstairs bedrooms)… and these open! Just 1 more to go before we’re thoroughly windowed.

Bedroom window (east-side).

East-side bedroom window (east-side).

West-side

West-side bedroom window (backside, outside).

West-side bedroom window (inside).

West-side bedroom window (inside).

Week 33: sub-volume

More wall-ing… and window-ing…

The dividing wall (foyer side).

The dividing wall (foyer side).

Front door and dividing wall.

Front door and dividing wall.

Kitchen volume view from the front door.

Kitchen volume view from the front door.

West-side hallway.

West-side hallway.

Narrow windows.

Narrow windows.

Bedroom windows waiting in the wings.

Bedroom windows waiting in the wings.

Week 32: the week in white

The walls went white on the inside of 1133; and, at the end of the week, nature followed suit.

S N O W . . .

The most recorded snowfall in Birmingham in 9 years!

Blending in.

Blending in.

Red, white, and…

Red, white, and…

The overhang, under a blanket.

The overhang, under a blanket.

White over door (in Enduring Bronze).

White over door (in Enduring Bronze).

Icicles downstairs.

Icicles downstairs.

Icicles upstairs.

Icicles upstairs.

The bin and the box.

The bin and the box.

The best it's ever looked.

The best it's ever looked.

Fits in the snow.

Fits in the snow.

Alas, it was all gone by 2…

So we pointed our cameras inside.

The GBG* made significant headway on finishing out the windows. Here are a few of our faves.

Trim on the narrow.

Trim on the narrow.

The narrow from inside the master bedroom.

The narrow from inside the master bedroom.

In downstairs bedroom west.

In downstairs bedroom west.

*Green Bottle Gang (aka. Green Bottle Workshop; aka. Will and Matt).


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