So often we share photos of a home after it is built, but the building process is fascinating! So I thought I’d take a little time and share the starting process for one of our homes in New York. February is all about Net Zero Homes, so enjoy these images and stay tuned for more on building Net Zero Homes! Keuka Lake, Jerusalem, New York, Net Zero Home with Newcastle Home Construction Corp.

Demolition day! There was an existing structure on the property that had to come down before construction could start.

But look at that view! Beautiful Keuka Lake, Jerusalem NY

Then the digging can begin. This home sits up on the hillside above the lake. So it will have a walk out basement and the first floor will be just below street level.

Foundation going in

ICF’s going up. In energy efficient building, we often talk about how critical it is to get the foundation right! So we have ICF block foundation on the two below grade sections with framed walls on the interior of the basement and 11 1/4″ thick double framed walls on the two walk out sides of this house for an R-40 insulation value.

Pouring concrete in the ICF’s

Couldn’t help but share, sometimes its silly things like this on the job site that keep you motivated to build in the middle of February! There goes the derelict boat, into the dumpster.

Block frost walls

A little framing going up on the lake side.

Driveway and rough grading coming down to the garage level and walk out side of the lake. It’s so important to create the right type of drainage when changing levels, but especially when building on the lake. It’s critical to know where your drainage is going.

And speaking of drainage, waterproofing is absolutely critical in a Net Zero Homes. We aim for this house to be below 1-2 air changes an hour, so trapped moisture from a bulk moisture source like the ground would be a disaster. It’s so important to have a water management strategy and good indoor air quality in a Net Zero Home. More on the ERV in the future!

Steel going in. Sometimes with long spans, you have to move to steel.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Keuka Lake Net Zero Home! And check out our friends over at Newcastle HCC!

Photos courtesy of Mike DeNero, Owner of Newcastle HCC

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