Just a quick update to show off some new photos of the street side of the ecoplex!
Jason is doing a fantastic job, and I am so happy! Of course, the orach and sunflowers practically hide the building, so here are some more to show detail:
This side of the ‘plex underwent the most change. It is the street side and the also north side. I chose to minimize windows on this side to reduce heat loss and sound transmission. Because of the steeply slanting roof on this side of the salt box, the top floor already has no windows on this side. The middle floor had a huge picture window in the living room, a big window in the bedroom, and a door. We live on this floor, and generally kept the blinds closed anyway to protect from nosy neighbors and chill in the winter. The bedroom north window was removed (there is an east side egress/light window left in this room) and the big picture window was replaced by the 2 small peeker windows you see in the bottom photo. Most of the light into the living room comes from a west window and from the kitchen to the south. The peeker windows allow peeks at standing height and sitting height from the living room to check on what is going on outside. From most seating positions inside the living room the windows frame trees and sky. I thought about removing the door too, but decided against it, instead I may one day build an interior arctic entry or protect the porch more.
I worried about two things – less light into the living room and making the outside front aspect of the place look uninviting and blank. The living room really doesn’t seem that much darker, though I will someday replace the dark green carpet with lighter flooring, and will probably abandon my plan to paint the living room walls a dark color. I think the street view of the place is still plenty inviting with the beautiful green siding, the trees and summer flowers, the cute little windows, and the door and porch flags – but I’m willing to take suggestions! What do people think of a brightly colored ‘Putumayo’ style painted sign proclaiming it the spenard ecoplex?
Oh, and see the next post for the invite to celebrate the ecoplex this Saturday!