The Mechanics of My Off Grid Home.
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Photographs of my solar powered, off grid home in the Washington County woods of upstate NY. Earlier images were taken with a digital Sony Mavica MVC-FD95. From September 2006 I've been using a Canon 30D, and most recently (9/09) a Zenta Bronica ETRS medium format film camera.
Rebuilding in the Spring of 2001
New Red Cedar Shake Siding
very private property is situated a 1/2 mile off the main road and although
it's only 7.25 acres +/- in size, it's surrounded by almost 1,200 acres
of pasture, woods, ponds and mountains! The red
outline is the property, and the green one shows the 1,200 acres surrounding
it, with no other homes inside the green line.
The property is located in picturesque Washington County, NY, roughly 18 miles SE of Lake George, and overlooking
the Green Mountains on the Vermont border. It's also on a club sponsored ATV trail system with over 60 miles of groomed trails.
Before the work began in the Winter of 1999
Original Structure in the Winter of
My off grid home a few months after
I bought it
in the Winter of 1999.
Inside Home Before Rebuild
Inside Before Rebuild
Beginning reconstruction in the Spring of 2001
Off Grid Home Construction Started With Deck.
It really was a wonder the place hadn't burned
before we had a chance to rebuild it.
Check out the condition of the wall that
was behind the exterior chimney!!
Office, Porch, & Roof Frame Taking Shape
New Roof With
Hips on Both Ends
Living Room Wall Opened To Begin Stove Alcove
My son Lou Jr on right & life-long friend Carl Schilling on left
New Roof Papered, Lathed, and Ready for Metal
New Metal Roof
Interior Gutted and Reframed
27 New Bonneville Windows & 4 Exterior Doors Hung
New Red Cedar Shake Siding
Carl Doing Some Finishing Work on Front Porch
Did I mention being pretty happy about
switching from burning wood to coal??
Solid Maple Kitchen Cabinets with
Corian Counter Tops and Double Pot Sink
Xantrex Power Panel above Washer & Dryer
My Son Lou by the Vermont Castings Woodstove which has
Since been replace with a Kodiak Coal Stove from
Alaska Stove Company.
Front-end loader digging a trench for the solar panel conduit.
6 AstroPower Solar Panels.
Here are the solar panels I'm currently using:
Solar Panels (now GE Energy) on top, and
115 watt, 12vdc Solar Panels on the bottom.
to see the alternative energy mechanics of the home
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