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Designing a Natural Pool with Fish Habitat

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Designing a Natural Pool with additional fish habitat area for the Sustainable Hemp Home Series.

Top View Natural Pool Design with Fish Habitat
Top View Natural Pool Design with Fish Habitat

Since the Hemp Home Designs are all about Sustainability.  Why wouldn’t the pool be as well and while we are at building a natural pool we might as well incorporate a fish habitat into the natural pool design.  This will allow the pool to serve as a food source in addition to the entertainment value.

Birdseye view Natural Swimming Pool Design
Birdseye view Natural Swimming Pool Design

Tips for natural pools supplied by Mother Earth News

Design Information

  • Reserving at least 50 percent of your pool’s surface area for shallow plants, either at one end or in a ring around the sides, eliminates the need for chlorine and expensive filters and pumps. You’ll want to separate the swimming area of your pool and the filtration area, or plant zone (see the illustration in the image gallery).
  • The water needs to circulate continuously for the plants’ roots to cleanse the pool. You also may need to aerate the water so the water organisms’ oxygen needs are met.
Without adequate oxygen, your pool could become stagnant, harboring odoriferous anaerobic bacteria.
  • Besides cleaning the water and making your pool beautiful to behold, the shallow plant zone warms the water quickly and provides habitat for frogs and many invertebrates. They’ll appreciate the shallow water for breeding grounds and repay the favor by eating mosquito larvae.

  • A rim within an inch of the water’s surface keeps plants in their place but allows water from the swimming area to move to the plant zone for filtering, As water passes through the fibrous root structure of the plants, bacteria concentrated on the plants’ roots act as a biological filter, removing contaminants and excess nutrients in the water. Decomposer organisms, also found in the plants’ root zones, consume the bacteria, effectively eliminating underwater waste buildup.

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Hemp Home Catalan Vaulted Style Roof Waterproofing

In the previous post I have been illustrating how I plan to build the Roof System for the Net Zero Hemp Home.  This post shows how I plan to both Insulate the Catalan Vault Style Roof System and make it water proof.

Solar Array and White Roof Water Proofing on Catalan Vault Type Roof Structure
Solar Array and White Roof Water Proofing on Catalan Vault Type Roof Structure on Scottys Hemp Home
Hemp Home Second Roof Design with Natural Lighting Added
Hemp Home Second Roof Design with Natural Lighting Added
Hemp Home Catalan Vault Style Roof Waterproofing Detail
Hemp Home Catalan Vault Style Roof Waterproofing Detail

I found some additional details in English at this site http://www.mexico-insights.com/judysblog/post/Brick-Lakesidee28099s-Cornerstone-Part-7-The-Roof.aspx.  I am now following the author on Twitter and FB!  I’ll have more info on waterproofing the roof ASAP.  I will also be contacting the Hempcrete Pros for their suggestions in incorporating their product into this system.

 

See the Youtube Video of how these Spanish Masons Waterproof the Catalan Style Roofs:

Layer on vault compreión Gausa

Ask a Builder-How would you build your retirement home?

My retirement home will be a Hemp Home!  I feel a Hemp Home addresses the main issue facing mankind today co2 emissions without sacrificing comfort needed in both energy and lifestyle choices.

To ensure that my retirement income will provide the needed security as I age in place my hemp home will enable me to use natural resources in the building of the energy efficient structure-controlling costs in the build and the future energy costs.

 Taking pointers from the first American Settlers:  I will build my home from the land and use as many natural resources as possible.

I will use stones and rocks in the building of the Rubble Foundation that will support the Hemp Wall Construction.

I will grow and harvest the Hemp needed to build the walls-using Hempcrete-a natural lime based binder.

I plan to use a combination of Post and Beam – Timber Frame Construction techniques.

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Canadian Solar Panels for electricity

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Comfort-Sustainability-Natural Resources-Are just 3 areas that critical attention is given to in this sustainable design.

  1. Netzero or better energy production from Solar Panels for electricity needs

  2. Rainwater and Greywater Recycling for water need

  3. Energy Conscious Build Technique

Rainwater and Greywater Recycling

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Electric Radiant Floor Heating

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Hempcrete will be utilized in the flooring and walls.

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Hemp Building addresses the issue that  plagues traditional building techniques when the cost of carbon emissions is factored into the manufacturing process of the needed building materials. Scotty

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p dir=”ltr” style=”padding-left:30px;”>I’ve been toying around with using the Catalan Vault Construction build technique of Spanish Masons to construct the roof.   [When I watched this youtube video of the Spanish Masons I realized that I can reduce the lumber needed to construct the roof and then by adding a slurry of hempcrete to the top of the roof I will have the strength needed to protect my home from the elements and provided the water barrier needed.]

To be continued- future posts will include: Design Plans, Material Lists, Hemp growing techniques, Hemp Harvesting, Timberframe construction, Hempwall Building, and more.

Pt1 Spray Foam Insulation-St Louis Brick Buildings

Cost Effective:Energy Conservation for StLouis Brick Buildings

As a provider for Free Green Estimates and Advice in regard to Green Building for St Louis Homes.  I get many requests for my opinion on various construction related home and business requests for: improvements, retrofits, rehabbing buildings, energy conservation, and clean energy resources-by the people of StLouis .

Repairing a Stone or Rock Foundation on Typical StLouis Older Home
Repairing a Stone or Rock Foundation on Typical StLouis Older Home

Since education of Energy Conservation in building science is ignored by many builders in the region and what I feel is what led to a couple of requests for free estimate for: Spray Foam insulation for Interior Brick Walls on St Louis Brick Home.

I strongly urge everyone who is involved in remodeling, retrofitting, weatherizing, or any other construction related project with a StLouis Building review and practice these must do activities when working on the typical StLouis brick or masonry building.

Improper Building or Retrofitting Techniques could lead to: Respiratory Problems, Indoor Pollution, Combustion from Natural Gas Appliances, as well as the further deterioration of your brick building.

View Part 1 of the Spray Foam Insulation Series at these links Spray Foam Insulation StLouis Brick Building or View the Google Cloud Document 

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What about Green and Cost Effective Decks?

Here’s my thoughts Answering : What about Green and Cost Effective Decks?  Asked by: BentonPark West

 When I build anything my goals are that the Project will be:

  • Low Maintenance
  • User Friendly
  • Meet any Must Have conditions for the Client
  • Green, Eco Friendly, and Sustainable

As far as Lumber and materials used in Deck Building here are my thoughts in re:

  • Plastic Lumber: All though it will not: Rot, Decay, and is Impervious to Insects.  The costs for building a Deck from this materials is very very expensive.
  • Redwood: I would never build anything out of this kind of wood.  It takes too long for these trees to develop and what is still growing has its own ecosystem of hundreds of various species all living in and around the tree.
  • Cedar Lumber-Would be my top choice of Lumber Used-When Building a New Deck

    • Cedar trees grow locally and could be sourced from local sawmills.  Keeping $Money$ in our Local Communities! Some of the benefits of this type of wood is the natural pest fighting aspects of the Cedar Oil:
    • It is used as an insect repellent. (which is why Cedar Chests are still being made and still used when building closets)
    • a)   It is resistant to decay and hence is suitable to build outdoor furniture.
      b)   In ancient times, it was used to preserve dead bodies.
      c)   It is used as incense in temples.
      d)   It is used as aromatic oil, because its woody odor works as a sedative and effectively treats stress and anxiety in people.
      e)   Due to its aroma, it is used as an ingredient in perfumes.
      f)   It is used for preservation of spices.
      g)   It is used as an antibacterial.
      h)   Its health benefits include effectively treating respiratory infections.
      i)    It is beneficial to hair, as it helps eliminate dandruff and protects the hair against hair fall and graying.
      j)    It also effectively treats skin infections such as acne.
      k)   It is also used in treating arthritis, especially rheumatoid.
      l)    It is also used for its antiseptic property.

    • Uses Of Cedar Wood

      The cedar wood is lightweight and used for construction of homes and furniture. It is eco-friendly. The wood from various kinds of cedar trees is used for different purposes.

      a)   It is resistant to decay and hence is suitable to build outdoor furniture.
      b)   It produces aesthetically beautiful furniture.
      c)   It is easy to work with as it is lightweight and doesn’t crack or split easily.
      d)   It is highly durable.
      e)   It can absorb sound effectively, so are used in building roof shingles.
      f)   It is a good insulator; hence, when a home is built using cedar wood, it helps keep the home warm in winter and cool in summer.
      g)   Though its color fades after a while, it can easily be restored.
      h)   It doesn’t spread fire easily hence it is suited for building purposes.
      i)    It is a natural anti-termite, which is it prevents furniture from rotting.
      j)    Due to its lightweight and strength, western red cedar is used to make guitars.

                  • Source: http://cedartrees.net/uses-of-cedar

Lumber is not the only product used in building a deck.  There is also Concrete used when support poles are set in or on the ground.  See Example: Porch Footing and Foundation CADD Drawings by Scotts Contracting …stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com

Metal Bracing and Fasteners– (as required by:St Louis Building Codes) is used in places where the different building components are connected.   One of the benefits of this type of metal is that the metal is recyclable when the project has reached its lifetime usefulness.

  • My Top Choice for Metal Bracing is Simpson Strong Tie.  This type of bracing is Specifically mentioned on St Louis Building Codes.  YouTube Video: Saving a Deck from the Landfill at this link.
    • Simpson Strong Tie Stair Bracing
      Simpson Strong Tie Stair Bracing- Required by St Louis Building Codes
    • Post to Beam Simpson Strong Tie Connection
      Simpson Strong Tie- Post Beam Connection also required by St Louis Building Codes
    • CAD Deck Design by Scotts Contracting
      CAD Deck Design by Scotts Contracting-annotating crucial areas for bring the deck to current building codes
    • Proper CAD Footing Detail for Deck Building-with Post Beam Connection
      Proper CAD Footing Detail for Deck Building-with Post Beam Connection
Care and Maintenance of Decks:
  • Paints, Stains, and Varnishes are normally used in Deck Building.  Each has its own benefits. I suggest High Quality Paints for Low Care Situations such as Behr Paints which were used in this project: Saving a Deck from the Landfill.  

The property in the photos is an investment property Clifton Heights Neighborhood.  This building had some great features with: 2 Sun Porches-one for each apartment, Hardwood Floors throughout the 2-3 Bedroom Apartments, Garages for Each Apartment, Basement and Fenced in Yard with Plenty of Space.  For rental Information contact: Tempel Appraisals, Inc

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DIY Flat Screen TV Mount

Rather than spend $200 for 2 TV Mounting Brackets.  I fashioned these  Flat Screen TV Mounts for the New Bar Design.

Every Design Build Project has a Must Have.  The Must Have for this part of the New Bar Design were:

  1. Adjustable Mounting to accommodate future TVs

  2. Forward Tilt of TV Screen to accommodate people viewing the tv from a seated position 10-12 ft away sitting at a lower position.  We didn’t want people to get a kink in their necks while watching the TVs!

  3. Sturdy Construction that will not fail.  If the TVs fall it could also danger the Bartenders and Customers who are sitting at the Bar.

     Failure is not an option when dealing with an expensive flat panel TV.

  4. Repositionable Forward Tilting Flat Panel TV Mount Designed and Built by Scotty, Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy, Shady Jacks New Bar Design
    Re-positionable Forward Tilting Flat Panel TV Mount Designed and Built by Scotty, Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy, Shady Jacks New Bar Design
    Additional Close Up View of Adjust Flat Screen TV Stand for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design
    Additional Close Up View of Adjust Flat Screen TV Stand for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design

    Since the final position of the TV was to be determined after placement on the Shelves.

  5. I knew there was going to be Downward and Outward tension on the Bracket that was included with the TV.

  6. Front View CAD Design of Flat TV Mount for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design
    Front View CAD Design of Flat TV Mount for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design- Designed and Built by: Scotts Contracting St Louis MO

      To Relieve this Downward/Outward Pressure I designed the strap that is in this CAD Design.

  7. Total cost for the Design and Installation of this Flat TV Screen Stand for both the TV in the Center of the New Bar Design was less than the costs for New Flat Panel TV Hangers $200.00

  8. CAD Rear View Design for Adjustable Forward Mount LED Flat Screen TV Display for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design- Designed and Built by Scotts Contracting St Louis MO
    Note the Bracing Added to Relieve the Pressure that will be created when the TV are placed on the Shelf. CAD Rear View Design for Adjustable Forward Mount LED Flat Screen TV Display for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design- Designed and Built by Scotts Contracting St Louis MO

    These Forward Mount Flat Panel TV Stands were also designed to be adapted for Future TV upgrades.

  9. The materials used for this project were leftover materials used in the New Bar Design at Shady Jacks Saloon in Downtown St Louis MO

CAD Design- Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design by Scotts Contracting

Final Bar CAD Design for Shady Jacks Saloon, Downtown St Louis MO-Design Build Green Project- CAD design by Scotty-Scotts Contracting www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com
Final Bar CAD Design for Shady Jacks Saloon, Downtown St Louis MO-Design Build Green Project- CAD design by Scotty-Scotts Contracting http://www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com

Project Notes / Must Haves

  1. Additional Room for the Newly Added Alcoholic Beverage Dispensers
  2. Create a User Friendly area for the Bartenders with the addition of additional beer coolers under the lower shelf
  3. Decor Must Match Existing Finishes

Materials Used

 

  • 2″x20″x14′ White Oak Rough Cut  “True Dimensional” Lumber from the Mill- Up-cycled materials that have been in storage for 8 years

Specialty Tools

  • Kreg Jig used in Attaching the Shelves 
  • Hand Planer
  • Hand Sander
  • Skil Saw
  • Levels
  • Torch Drivers

See the Before and After Photos  with Additional CAD Designs for the Project

Shady Jacks Saloon CAD drawing New Bar Design- Green Build Project- CAD by Scotts Contracting www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com
Shady Jacks Saloon CAD drawing New Bar Design- Green Build Project- CAD by Scotts Contracting http://www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com
Final Bar Design Shady Jacks Saloon- Waitress Station and Center Shelving added to New Bar Design
Final Bar Design Shady Jacks Saloon- Waitress Station and Center Shelving added to New Bar Design

 

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  • 4500 Watt Solar Power Generation

  • 8000 Watt Line-Interactive Inverter / Battery Back-up UPS / Power Center

  • 8000 Watt Stand-by Generator to refresh the battery supply until the sun comes up or the grid is restored

 

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  • 8000 Watt stand-by generator
  • Runs on LP or NG
  • Designed for quiet operation
  • Recharges batteries in Power Center when required
  • Automatic self-test weekly

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Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs

GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE ROOM ADDITION ESTIMATE FOR ADDING A 2ND FLOOR DORMER ONTO AN EXISTING BUILDING.

Rough Estimate on projected costs to add a 2nd Floor Room Addition to an existing 1 story building in St Louis.

Designed by Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired 2nd Floor Room Addition

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs

Estimated Addition Size 12′ x 25’=300sq ft
Estimated Roof Size 18’x27’=486sq ft
Estimated Flooring Size=300sq ft

Description Estimated Costs in $ for Materials

  1. Building Permits- 350-700
  2. Dumpster x1 750-1,000
  3. Solar (the money you save with solar will pay for the addition)
  • Lease               0
  • Lease + 1,000-1,500

Windows 150-250 ea

Lumber Framing

  1. Walls 250
  2. Ceiling 180
  3. Flooring 180

Lumber Sheeting

  1. Roof 500
  2. Walls 400
  3. Flooring 300

Insulation

  1. Walls 200
  2. Ceiling 300
  3. Floor 300

Stucco 600-1,500

Roofing 2,000

Total: $8,000+
Labor $16,000

Additional Notes

  1. This is just a basic estimate on materials made from guesses with my drawing. Without knowing exact dimensions of planned addition, materials chosen, and how you plan to finish the interior of the addition I can’t determine a cost. (use $70-$100/sq ft for Total Costs)
  2. Home Depot Kingshighway, St Louis MO for Material Costs
  3. Labor Computation= Materials x 3 – Materials (for rough estimates only)

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Kitchen Remodel Project Photos

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Kitchen Remodel Project Photos

Picking out the Counter Top and Back Splash
Picking out the Counter Top and Back Splash

Beautiful Granite Stone in photo is from Graniterra, Holly was nice enough to let us browse the Great Selection of Beautiful Stone in the Warehouse on Kingshighway Blvd, St Louis, MO 

CAD Design #2- for Determining the Coffered Ceiling Layout for the Accent Lighting
CAD Design #2- for Determining the Coffered 
Ceiling Layout for the Accent Lighting
First Design
First Design
CAD Design- for Determining the Coffered Ceiling Layout for the Accent Lighting
CAD Design- for Determining the Coffered 
Ceiling Layout for the Accent Lighting
Example of Accent Graffiti
Example of Accent Graffiti
Before Installing the Cabinets I checked the Drain Pipe and  found that it was clogged.  We then replaced the entire Drain pipe and Vent Stack for the plumbing in the Kitchen.
Before Installing the Cabinets I checked the Drain Pipe and
found that it was clogged.  We then replaced the entire Drain pipe and
Vent Stack for the plumbing in the Kitchen.


https://picasaweb.google.com/112720002992298421869/DowGreatStuffAirSealing?authuser=0&feat=directlink
https://picasaweb.google.com/112720002992298421869/DowGreatStuffAirSealing?authuser=0&feat=directlink
New Vent Stack for Kitchen Remodel
New Vent Stack for Kitchen Remodel
Plumbing Line that was inoperable
Plumbing Line that was inoperable
Installing the Accent Lighting in the Coffered Ceiling
Installing the Accent Lighting
 in the Coffered Ceiling
Building the Coffered Ceiling
Testing the Accent Lighting
Testing the Accent Lighting
 Painting New Drywall Primer Coat
                                                Painting New Drywall Primer Coat
Leutron Dimmable Accent Lighting Switch
We found these Great Under Cabinet Lights at Restore St Louis (AKA Habitat For Humanity)- Purchase Price was $4.00.  Great Buy on Accent Lights!
IKEA Under Cabinet Accent Lighting

We found these Great Under Cabinet Lights at Restore St Louis (AKA Habitat For Humanity)- Purchase Price was $4.00.  Great Buy on Accent Lights!

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Additional Photos will be posting soon.  Scotty





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