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Blog Cabin 2013: Q&A With Dylan Eastman (page 1 of 6)

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Q. Can you list the home’s energy-efficient features?
A. This year's Blog Cabin features the following energy-efficient features:

  • Low-E insulated windows with thermally broken frames
  • 2x6 exterior walls with R-19 batt insulation at all original wall locations
  • Sprayed foam insulation at all roof areas, plus in the attic
  • Sprayed foam insulation under the first floor
  • High-efficiency ductless heating and air conditioning with individual controls in select rooms
  • LED lighting in select areas
  • 1' roof overhang around entire house, 8' porch overhang at first floor, 4' gable overhang at second floor
  • Electronic dimmers in most locations
  • Front-load washing machine

Q. Will the home be handicap accessible?
A. Unfortunately, no. The home’s location within a flood plain would have required a 40-foot ramp to the entrance, 6’x6’ space on both floors would have been essential for elevator installation, and a chair lift would have been difficult to install on the new winder tread stair.

Q. Tell us about indoor and outdoor storage features. Will there be a garage or garden shed?
A. Indoors: An integrated closet system in the master bedroom and laundry room help maximize small spaces. The master bedroom bed also has built-in storage drawers where the box spring would normally be. Two Murphy beds were also installed in the family room to make the room multiuse. There is a built-in storage area under the stair landing, capturing normally wasted space. The main interior storage closet is in the laundry room. Outdoors: Since all exterior structures have to meet the same flood and wind requirements as the house, we did not have the time or resources to build additional outbuildings.

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