This is a small 2 storey cottage to be built in the Bancroft area this spring. Because of a high water table we decided to go with Postech's helical piers. These are a galvanized steel piers with a screw type tip. They are basically screwed into the ground as deep as required to give sufficient bearing. http://postech-foundations.com/thermal-piles/
A colleague has purchased an old farm house in the Haliburton Highlands on a beautiful piece of land. The farmhouse has been renovated on top of renovations on top of renovations..... So he has asked me to build a 3D model of the house and create a set of blueprints so he can then decide on how he would like to renovate the home to suit his needs. It was quite a challenge but fun at the same time.
Fleming College's Sustainable Building Program will be heading back to Abbey Gardens in 2016 to build a retail store to be used by Haliburton Wind & Solar. The building will feature rammed earth, straw bale, straw/clay, and cordwood walls. The building will be super insulated and off-grid with HWS providing the power as a showroom for their products. Here is the first rough draft of the building. You can see it will be near the Haliburton Highlands Brewing Company.
We had a chance to visit the site of the new Jones Cottage being built by Card Bros. They are doing a great job and it really is looking great. Can't wait to see the flooring down, paint on the walls, fire in the fireplace! I've included a couple of images from today as well as the computer rendering and watercolour sketch.