Renovation Timeline: January - February 2009

Armstrong House Project: Renovation

Solar Array

Final Coat of Paint for the Custom-Built Storm Panels – First Floor




















January & February, 2009

  1. The cold and windy months of January and February saw the volunteers completing clean-up and shaving of all interior and exterior bio-based cell foam insulation in preparation for exterior sheathing and interior finishing. This was a very time consuming job. Exterior shavings done with hand saws and scrapers had to be raked up almost immediately so they would not be spread by the wind into surrounding woodlands. Plastic tarps were removed and re-attached as shaving work was completed.
  2. Oriented Strand Board (OSB) exterior sheathing made of scrap wood chips and glue was installed.
  3. It was decided to use a second donated wood-burning stove in the kitchen. The structural support was completed to accommodate this wood burning stove and its masonry base.
  4. A major number of custom exterior storm window frames were built and primed, ready for glazing and installation. Replacement garage doors were built in similar style to the original ones found at the house. Old hardware and glass was removed from the old doors for re-use.
  5. Exterior siding and trim. From a house slated for demolition in Darien, our general contractor, Ian Ashby, arranged for a large group of volunteers to remove all exterior siding and trim at the end of February. This material should meet most if not all of our needs to complete the exterior envelope of the structure. After being de-nailed, all siding was stacked and protected for future use.
  6. The first formal LEED residential charrette was facilitated by a local LEED certified architect and certified building manager. The goal of this initial session with the renovation team was to assess the possibility of formal LEED certification according to LEED residential criteria. Whether formal LEED certification is ultimately pursued or not, the project team has been following residential LEED standards for construction and process review to the best of its ability. Informal documentation has been underway throughout the project.