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For the last several years my wife and I have been planning a house to be built on our property in North Carolina. For the first couple of years we basically watched the sun come up and go down so that we could properly place the house to insure warmth in winter and shade in the summer.

The goal is to build an energy efficient house that exploits the natural surroundings to heat/cool the house with a minimum of artificial heating and cooling. We will use the shade of the trees to cool during the summer and capitalize on the natural breeze that flows up the mountain side and circulates through the house via large windows at the bottom and a series of fans that pull the air upward through the house.

In the winter, the same trees that provided shade will now be leafless, allowing the sun to shine through the large windows and naturally heat the slab/tiles on the floor. An outside wood furnace will heat 380 gallons of water that will circulate through the floors and provide radiant heat for the house as well to heat domestic water for showers, etc. We will also utilize an indoor wood stove to provide heat for those months when we don’t want to keep the outside furnace burning. Wood is not an issue for us as we live on 50 heavily wooded acres.

We will use solar tubes to provide the house with light during the day and eliminate as much as possible the power that would ordinarily be needed. Construction will use 2X6 framing techniques with blown insulation throughout. The beams used on the inside (for cosmetics) will come from the property and is being milled at a local saw mill down the road.

I’m creating this thread to keep a log of the build as it takes place and to share the process (all it’s good sides as well as its bad) with my fellow FF’ers.

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Yesterday our crew put in several drainage pipes to direct the water coming down the mountain away from the mountain and channel it under the road and then down the mountain side.











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Old 12-12-2012, 05:25 PM
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Today we trenched 1,100 feet (up the middle of what will be our road) to install power lines, water lines, and supporting conduit for lighting and security camera's along the road.












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I look forward to your thread...being in the building game i love to see how others from across the pond tackle a new build...materials new and old with surrounding area and building regs ect.

My first tip would be never expect the weather to play ball...it rarely does

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You have a fine operator to work with!!!!! a ditch bottom like that makes laying conduit and lines a lot easer.......who ever it is thank him!!!!!!!!
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I look forward to your thread...being in the building game i love to see how others from across the pond tackle a new build...materials new and old with surrounding area and building regs ect.

My first tip would be never expect the weather to play ball...it rarely does

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This is going to be a great thread.

First question: Is that the only road in and out of the property?

Keep this thread alive Squerly!!!!
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For the last several years my wife and I have been planning a house to be built on our property in North Carolina. For the first couple of years we basically watched the sun come up and go down so that we could properly place the house to insure warmth in winter and shade in the summer.

The goal is to build an energy efficient house that exploits the natural surroundings to heat/cool the house with a minimum of artificial heating and cooling. We will use the shade of the trees to cool during the summer and capitalize on the natural breeze that flows up the mountain side and circulates through the house via large windows at the bottom and a series of fans that pull the air upward through the house.

In the winter, the same trees that provided shade will now be leafless, allowing the sun to shine through the large windows and naturally heat the slab/tiles on the floor. An outside wood furnace will heat 380 gallons of water that will circulate through the floors and provide radiant heat for the house as well to heat domestic water for showers, etc. We will also utilize an indoor wood stove to provide heat for those months when we don’t want to keep the outside furnace burning. Wood is not an issue for us as we live on 50 heavily wooded acres.

We will use solar tubes to provide the house with light during the day and eliminate as much as possible the power that would ordinarily be needed. Construction will use 2X6 framing techniques with blown insulation throughout. The beams used on the inside (for cosmetics) will come from the property and is being milled at a local saw mill down the road.

I’m creating this thread to keep a log of the build as it takes place and to share the process (all it’s good sides as well as its bad) with my fellow FF’ers.
I look forward to you posts in this thread. My wife and I have a vested interest as I just started a similar thread about our remote build in the Missouri Ozarks.

I doubt it will be as grand as yours but will enjoy comparing the trials, and successes of such a project with you.
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What part of NC are you located in? I love the area around the Va - NC line. From Mt Airy and Galax, Va, the area around Boone. I'm sure there are others areas I would like, but these two are two I know. I am seriously considering moving to one of these areas within a year or so.

Interesting thread prospects. I will look forward to following it,
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It looks a lot like the area near Tennessee just under the Smokies.

East of Cleveland/Chattanooga? Or Dillsborro/ Cherokee.
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Squerly,

Water lines in the trench with the power??

I would have thought you would have to dig a well...

But maybe that isn't an option in the place you are at?

Rural water systems like we have here, maybe that is what you are tapped into?

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I look forward to you posts in this thread. My wife and I have a vested interest as I just started a similar thread about our remote build in the Missouri Ozarks.

I doubt it will be as grand as yours but will enjoy comparing the trials, and successes of such a project with you.
Between the two of us we should be able to keep the board fairly well entertained!
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What part of NC are you located in?
We are located between Murphy NC and Franklin NC at about 3,700 feet. Great views!


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Squarly,

Water lines in the trench with the power??

I would have thought you would have to dig a well...
Kirk, I am blessed with water and there is a spring not far from the home site. The water lines in the ditch are actually going to supply water to the cabin at the bottom of the mountain. The upper spring provides much superior water quality so I took advantage of the ditch being open to run water down the hill.

Typically, the power company doesn't like to share "their" ditch with anyone but in this case they allowed us to as long as we kept the additional stuff 2' away from the primary line.
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Covered them up today.







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We are located between Murphy NC and Franklin NC at about 3,700 feet. Great views!


Kirk, I am blessed with water and there is a spring not far from the home site. The water lines in the ditch are actually going to supply water to the cabin at the bottom of the mountain. The upper spring provides much superior water quality so I took advantage of the ditch being open to run water down the hill.

Typically, the power company doesn't like to share "their" ditch with anyone but in this case they allowed us to as long as we kept the additional stuff 2' away from the primary line.

Lucky you. My spring is 250' below my house site. Excellent water but I have to pump up 250' and then over 1/4 mile. It may be cheaper to drill a well near the house. Same aquifer/same delicious water.

My Car club has spent a lot of time in Franklin, just off 441. Back roads there are awesome for sports car driving. We have an annual event every spring and fall in Lake Fontana running the 129 Dragon road and terrorizing the locals. Which is why I was able to spot the Nantahala locale.

You have any gemstones in that dirt you were digging? Great place for rubies .

That is one good looking road there! With what will you be paving it?

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A few words of advice on the road. Make sure it is wide and stable enough for a heavy firetruck to drive up it. Switchbacks are OK if they are not too tight to drive without backing and twisting. Control your water runoff so you don't get washouts. Get your base in as soon as possible so the construction trucks can compact it well.
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The first thing different here is that conduit would have been on a base of pea shingle and then covered also in pea shingle before it was all back filled...buiding regs require it here,very interesting.
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I assume that is to prevent rock damage to the cable?
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I assume that is to prevent rock damage to the cable?
Absolutely.

Here in the Ozarks many of the rocks are flint. Freeze thaw will force them up and they will cut the cable insulations. A little moisture,,,,dead short to ground.

We put all wire in Conduit here. Adds a buck or so per foot.
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Absolutely.

Here in the Ozarks many of the rocks are flint. Freeze thaw will force them up and they will cut the cable insulations. A little moisture,,,,dead short to ground.

We put all wire in Conduit here. Adds a buck or so per foot.
Yup and once the wire is cut you have to dig up your road to find it.
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