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French Drain!

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Well, we got the French drain in. It was way more massive than we thought, took twice as much gravel, but the ground looks great and I think we’re in business to be able to absorb all of the water … Continue reading

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Geothermal Build

Tomorrow we start with the installation of our geothermal system. This is mostly the mundane part where we rough in the vents, just as we would with a standard system. The magic comes when we plumb in the heat pump. … Continue reading

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DEC Permitting

Our geothermal project is inching along. We’ve progressed to the point of having our permit submitted to DEC This consisted of completing: State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Application Form D Short Environmental Assessment Form Part 1 Providing project plan … Continue reading


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Geothermal Startup

We’ve contracted with GeoTherm International LLCĀ to build our system. Right now we’re in the permitting process. Our goal is to build an open loop system, using our existing well which delivers >10 gpm (gallons per minute) of water and then … Continue reading

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Phase II – HVAC

Now that we have the upstairs built out, we’re on to the next portion of the build-out: HVAC. We’re hoping to build a ground source heat pump (widely called a geothermal system) as part of our personal low-carbon approach. Since … Continue reading

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Phase 1 Complete

Woohoo! We now have the upstairs build-out complete. We still need to decorate the space, but it is completed and functional (and already in use). Next up is HVAC. Hopefully we are going to be able to go geothermal. We … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

We went to La Crosse, WI last weekend for a family wedding and, while there, visited a relatively new (c.a. 2004) shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Very pretty and moving facility. Below are a couple of images I created … Continue reading

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What a difference a week makes

We’re making good progress on the buildout. All the walls, paint and electrical is done. Carpets arrive tomorrow and the tile and bathroom fixtures go in over the next couple of days. We’re hoping to have everything done within the … Continue reading

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The Buildout Begins

We’ve kicked off Phase I of our cottage buildout plan. It is a multi-year plan to turn our little cottage into our retirement cottage. This phase is intended to give us more guest space by adding two bedrooms and a … Continue reading

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Hey Hey from Stockholm

It is often called the Venice of the North. Stockholm is a vibrant northern European city built on a series of islands that extend into the Baltic Sea. We’ve had a great 3 days here, hiking all over the city, … Continue reading

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