We’re Building a House!


In July 2011, Aidan spent a week at Camp Olympia. As I was driving north on Avery Road to drop him off, admiring the surrounding trees of Rock Creek Park, I saw an unassuming “Lot for Sale” sign planted at the intersection of Avery and Southlawn. I was immediately intrigued, since it was clearly a…

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Introducing… the tool shed!

Site plan of our lot, with the tool shed toward the southwest corner of the house. Our front door faces west, toward the driveway coming off Avery Road.

Interesting story behind the location of this shed… Montgomery County requires you to get a permit before putting up a tool shed, and one of the conditions is that the shed be in the “rear yard.” The rear yard is basically defined as the area beyond the house that is opposite to the side fronting…

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Alan Abrams on Passive House


Alan Abrams, our architect, blogs about passive house and other build and design topics on his website. He also chronicled the construction of our home in a series of posts. [UPDATE: Looks like Alan’s site is down.] You can download a single PDF with all the posts about our house (8MB).

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