Secret Fortress Hideout
This blog documents the progress of our super-cool, pre-fab home "somewhere" in the wilds of Northwest Arkansas. Rocio Romero designed the home, model LVL, and incorporated our custom modifications. GC Don Lourie is doing the build and architect Brad Satterwhite is providing additional ingenuity.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I designed the basic form for the building using Google Sketch-Up in September. We started construction in October, and Floyd's completed the job last week. Now we need a little landscaping to beautify the dirt work surrounding the slab.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Here's the story.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
This got me thinking about how we've made the house green in other ways and I decided to make a list of all the eco friendly materials used in SFH.
• passive-solar home orientation on shaded lot
• high-efficiency multi-stage heat pump
• soy-based spray insulation on interior walls
• formaldehyde-free bat fiberglass insulation in faux walls
• VOC-free interior paint
• formaldehyde-free strand bamboo flooring
• natural formaldehyde-free cork flooring
• PaperStone 100% post-consumer recycled paper counter tops
• low-e glass
• Energy Star appliances
• high-efficiency Rais wood stove
• insulated concrete form foundation walls for crawlspace
• electric radiant bathroom flooring
• drought resistant zoysia grass
• energy efficient TPO reflective white roofing
• water-conserving dual-flush toilets
• dimmable compact flourescent light bulbs
• LED outdoor lighting
• sustainable, recycled pecan shell mulch
• locally quarried stone wall, stepping stones and river gravel paths
• Ipe deck from certified sustainable forests in Brazil
• CUZN (Copper-Zinc) water filter system
Monday, September 1, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
"On Thursday, we made it back to the SFH. I turned on the radio to get some nice background music while working on the deck. The first piece of music played that morning was Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach. Wow! There was no way I would work while that was playing, so I sat down on the couch to soak up the music. Your speakers are sensational! My goodness, I have never heard that music that well. It was so brilliant! I'm getting excited just thinking about it. It sounded like the organ was in the room. Great choice on speakers. Your guests are going to love it. I would recommend you begin a small library of great music and each guest can make a contribution. That way you'll have an eclectic music choice. I will contribute the first CD. Racmimaninoff's Vespers performed by the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. It's my favorite and can't wait to hear it on your stereo."
In other news, Don and Jeremy completed most of the deck railing. The posts were custom fab from L & L Metal Fabrication of Springdale, AR, and the steel cable rail was manufactured by American Metal Specialties of Tacoma, WA.