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Q. Will you be installing insect screens on porches?
A. The porches are set up to receive 8' x 8' screened panels. Although we are not going to install screens, this would make a great DIY project for the winner of the cabin.
Q. Why did you decide on an underground drain system rather than gutters?
A. Gutters tend to concentrate water in a few areas, which is fine if a property properly drains and/or features storm drains. Our site offered neither. Instead we decided to install square-cut eaves with drip edge and a perimeter foundation drain. Square-cut eaves prevent water from running down the fascia. The foundation drain also helps to reduce soil saturation around the crawlspace. With roof water absorbed over a much larger area than accommodated by four to five downspouts, we reduce concentrated soil saturation and prevent surface soil runoff.
Q. Will there be generator backup?
A. Since this area is fed by overhead power lines, outages due to trees and high winds are not uncommon. There is a standby generator to the north of the house. It feeds an automatic transfer switch, which ensures a safe and quick changeover to generator power.
Q. Will you install any solar features?
A. Though I would love a future Blog Cabin to feature renewable energy, active solar energy was not a good fit this year. Here’s why: