Now that rough mechanicals are in and the air barrier system has been successfully tested, finishes are going in.These will get a lot more exciting pretty soon as tile, wood trim and accents, cabinetry and countertops, etc. get installed, but that will be next.

This stage of construction is where a lot of toxicity can enter a project, but we and Evolutionary Home Builders (contractor) are vigilant about keeping interiors healthy. Adhesives, caulks, primers and paints, and floor finish have been selected to minimize toxicity: low VOC is not enough: we look for zero VOC, non-toxic, GreenGaurd Certified products, and of course no added urea formaldehyde. At the end of construction we hire a third party to test the air for aldehydes and VOCs, so we are especially motivated to keep it clean. It makes such a difference–this jobsite has never had that awful toxic “new car” smell you get on so many construction sites. We’re very grateful for the vigilance EHB brings to the project.

upper landing
upper hall looking east to master
ground, polished, and stained concrete floor
reclaimed hickory flooring going in…
…and hickory finished with Rubio Monocoat natural
panels on north side
10″ exposure LP SmartSide smooth siding