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Building our
new home
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Virginia Northern Neck:
Specifications and materials

This page lists the specifications and materials for building our house -- we tried to keep the specs and materials in order for ease of reading.

Foundation, crawl space, exterior

  •   On crawl space, 36 inches high.  Six inches of sand on bottom of crawl space, covered with two layers 6-mil poly.

    •  Crawl space will be heated and cooled by a duct from HVAC.

  •  Continuous poured concrete footers, 24 in X 18 in.  By "continuous footers" we mean that the footers underneath the foundation are not broken -- there is a continuous footer completely around the house and through the interior of the foundation.  Every part of the foundation sits on a solid footer, not on a small pier.

  •  Continuous concrete wall foundation; exterior faced with dry-stack field stone; interior faced with 4-inch foam board insulation.

  •  Wall sheathing:  5/8-inch Zipwall with taped joints.

  •  Siding:  HardiPlank Select Cedarmill, factory-finished Monterey Taupe color, 8-1/2 inch with 7-inch reveal.

  •  Trim:  HardiTrim.  Soffit, fascia, and other exposed trim:  #2 or better SYP faced with Azac.

  •  Windows:  Peachtree Series 700; Aluminum-clad exterior, wooden interior; double-pane, low-E glass, argon filled.

  •  Exterior paint:  HardiPlank Monterey Taupe.

  •  Porches:  PT SYP 2X dimensional structure; tongue-and-groove SYP flooring, primed, painted with Cabot Opaque stain.  :Porch ceiling is SYP T&G beadboard.

  •  Roof:  5/8-inch OSB decking; 15-lb felt; 35-year architectural grade shingles with shingle-over roof vent

  •  Engineered trusses for roof.

  •  Floor will be engineered laminate I-beams; sub floor is 3/4-in TG OSB fastened with construction adhesive and screws.


  •  Flooring

    • Great room, master bedroom, study, hallways, kitchen -- oak hardwood floor, finished on site. 

    • Bathrooms -- ceramic tile.

    • Bedrooms 2 and 3 -- carpet;

    • Pantry and utility room -- ceramic tile.

  •  1/2-inch drywall wall; Benjamin Moore paint

  •  Paint-grade trim.

  •  KitchenMaid cabinets.

  •  Silestone countertops, color Ivory Coast.


  •  Supply lines will be 1/2-inch CPVC; PVC drains.

  •  Moen faucets

  •  Kohler toilets, ADA compliant

  •  Master bath will have tile shower, built on-site.

  •  Kohler 18-guage stainless steel sinks in kitchen.


  •  York 5-ton, 16-SEER heat pump with propane gas furnace emergency and backup heat.

  •  Sheet metal trunk duct with flex duct feeders to registers.

  •  500-gallon buried propane tank.


  •  200-amp service

  •  12KW backup generator; propane powered; automatic start; wired into house panel to provide electricity to selected critical circuits in case of power failure.

  •  Satellite TV outlets in great room, bedrooms, study.

  •  Cat 5 Ethernet outlets in great room, bedrooms, study.


  •  Keystone 36-inch B-vent gas fireplace with stainless steel chimney.  Exterior chimney to be field stone to match foundation.

  •  Raised hearth with field stone surround.


  •  26 X 30

  •  Two garage doors

  •  100-amp electrical service

  •  Cold water supply; 20-gallon water heater; laundry tub.

  •   Siding and roof same as house.

  •  Blue stone ( gravel ) driveway.

Shed - Woodworking shop

  • 20 feet wide by 16 feet deep; built on concrete slab, 26 feet wide by 20 feet deep.

  • Shed will sit on one corner of the concrete slab, leaving a 4-foot wide porch on front and 6-foot wide porch on side.

  • Double doors -- 6 feet wide -- on one end to allow riding mower to be driven in.

  • Single entry door on the center front wall, flanked by two small windows.

  •  Siding and roof same as house.

  •  Shingles and trim colors will match house.

  •  60-amp electrical service

  • Workbench across back.

  • Saltbox roof with deep, low eave in back where we can store long ladders.


  •  Bosch dishwasher

  •  Wolf gas cooktop

  •  Wolf exhaust hood over gas cooktop with inline exhaust fan in attic

  •  GE Profile double electric ovens

  •  GE upright freezer

  •  Whirlpool side-by-side counter-depth refrigerator

  •  Click on this link to see details of appliances.


Follow these links to see the construction progress.

Return to new house first page
Our lot on the Virginia Northern Neck
Front elevation and floor plan.
Specifications and materials
Day 1: Culvert and clearing 
Update at end of week 1; 11-15 February 2008.
Digging and preparing footers; 20-21 Feb
More to come.




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