Last edited by jdurand; 12-27-2020 at 11:29 AM.
There's also been a door moved, a window moved, things like that. But, overall it's our design (revision 42 or something).
The fireplace is a good example of "modest". In California we have a steel wood stove for extra heat, very efficient, low smoke, heats the whole house to WARM. We asked for either a steel stove or a Russian fireplace (with the chambers in it to extract heat). Well, they hired the top fireplace guy in S. Russia and we discussed some ideas, then he started building. And building. And when he was done he noticed he had more stones left so built some more. This DOES have interior chambers that I'm not allowed to discuss (trade secret), but here's the builder in front of his creation.
The fireplace is actually sunken into the wall to the outer layer of bricks, so it's around 40cm deep inside the wall plus what's in front of the wall.
FINALLY the snow melted enough for them to get back to work. Everything in Russia happens "soon", but one must understand the subtle meaning of "soon" (скоро).
They assure us snow like this shouldn't happen in this area. Glad to hear that but also glad the insulation and heating system was approved by people from Siberia.
After all this time in poorly insulated houses in America we're amazed that a 27 kW gas heater (92,000 BTU including domestic hot water) is keeping this 2600 square foot house comfortably warm. In California we have a lot bigger heater on a house with a heated area half that size (the shop IS heated in the new house).
Main roof up, side panels and track for hoist still need to go in as well as finishing the rain gutter. I'm sure the guys like working there a lot more since now they're out of the rain.
The work area (square-ish area in front of workshop) is about 16 feet wide x 13 feet deep. The porch will have a swing out railing to double as a loading dock.
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