We compare mini-split heat pumps to an air-to-water radiant heat floor system.
This is one of my favorite times of year in the Methow Valley. The summer rush is over, and the ski season isn't quite in full swing. Alex, Leon, and I had the good fortune to be able to spend a long four-day weekend at the house, and it was wonderfully relaxing. We've started renting the house on Airbnb over the last few months, and it has been great to see how well our guests have taken care of it.
The building inspector came by last week to do the final inspection of our cabin. He just found a few things that we were able to complete immediately (add house number, install a missing piece of drywall in the pantry) and passed us.
We've been busy putting the finishing touches on our zero-energy cabin, and we're really happy with how it's turned out. Compared to the "big show" of the walls and interior framing going up, this final phase of finish work seemed like it went very slowly.
After getting bumped from our first tiler's schedule, Sy came up from Chelan to install our backsplash and shower pan. We ran into some issues with the porcelain tile we originally chose for the kitchen. Our electrical outlets were placed too close to the top of the backsplash, and the tiles Sy tried to cut kept breaking.
Our cabin is nearly ready for use! Alex, my mom, Leon, and I headed out to Winthrop for a three-day weekend to celebrate my birthday and work on what seems to be a never-ending punch list of little tasks that need to be completed before we start enjoying the house. I spent much of the last couple trips sealing and installing the custom rusted-steel trim for the baseboards and doors. It came out looking really cool, I think, and adds a nice rustic touch to the look of the place. Thanks to our neighbor Michael Guilfoil for the idea.
The house is feeling much brighter and more spacious on the inside now that it has been painted. Our drywall installer sprayed on a very light orange-peel texture and then two coats of zero-VOC paint. We chose to pay a slight premium for this premium paint to avoid the odors and off-gassing of traditional paints.