A Beacon for the Future

A Beacon for the Future
"We hope the reinvention of our 100-year-old waterfront home as a model of green building will educate and inspire both the building industry and the general public.” - Homeowners Dave and Anna Porter (rendering by Craig Thorpe).

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Open House Encore

Just in case you weren't able to visit the house last fall during our public tour days, you can join us this Sunday, June 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m. for an open house encore. The address is: 19126 Soundview Dr NW, Stanwood, WA. Please know that parking is limited and we appreciate you being respectful of our neighbors' driveways and yards! Thanks!

Almost Famous

Dear Readers:
Okay...we just have to take a moment to toot our horn! On June 5 at about 6:00 p.m. our beautiful Going Green home will be featured on a new program, Renovation Nation on the new Discovery Planet Green channel. This is very exciting and quite an honor for us. We, of course, look for every opportunity to spread the green word so getting onto TV will be a big boost for the project--and ultimately green building and living. Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors about our show and all the other ones coming up on this new channel. We look forward to your comments about the show...and anything else!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Slippery When Wet!

Okay...we promised to be honest in our reporting so here goes: we love our FSC-certified Tigerwood decking but must say that it can be downright dangerous when it gets wet! We've had a couple of falls ourselves and a few friends (and this was when sober!) who have slipped. We've had some discussions with others about the issue looking for a solution and so far nothing really satisfactory.

One idea was to put on a clear-coat (obviously earth-friendly) finish with some sand or other type of grit in it. The problem here is two-fold: 1) this eliminates the low-maintenance feature of letting the wood age naturally without refinishing; and 2) as the finish wears off--in the higher traffic areas--the grit will get carried into the house.

Another, even less desirable solution, was to attach adhesive tread strips to the steps and deck. Of course, besides the obvious downside--not very attractive!--these also have a tendency to come "unstuck" within a short time making them even less attractive and presenting a whole other tripping hazard!

We're still investigating this. Any suggestions from you, dear readers, would be most welcome!