Hot Water: There’s Lots of Energy in that Tank!

Hot Water: There’s Lots of Energy in that Tank!

Because hot water is such a big part of our overall energy load, we designed our plumbing system to minimize the energy required for our every-day uses. We purposely located several hot water usage points in close proximity. We located the water heater next to two heavily used bathrooms so that they will get instantaneous hot water (due to a very short plumbing run). And we are sizing our PEX […]

Why You Can’t Plan a House Around a Table :(

Why You Can’t Plan a House Around a Table :(

When we purchased our Net Zero Nest, I knew one thing for sure – I was keeping my reclaimed wood dining room table.  I love it, have only had it two years, and feel it reflects our style and personality.  Plus it took a really long time to find a table I could afford and at every dinner party it has performed beautifully.  I am invested in that table! Fast […]

Floor Plans are Fun

Floor Plans are Fun

Perhaps my favorite project day so far was when Cynthia Kraus and Claudia Wiehen, our fabulous architects from OpenHaus Design, showed us some floor plan options. We were utterly shocked to know that our 1950 sf ranch could be reconfigured in not one, not two, not three, but four different ways to meet our needs. All within the existing walls and footprint. All with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths plus an […]