Efficient utilization of materials, selection of environmentally preferable materials, and minimization of waste du
Adam, having worked under the careful guidance of Edwin Tomas (Silicon Valley Mechanical), cut the copper fittings and built the components. Then, he sweated the components together into separate assemblies.
We want to have excellent water inside our house. First, we need to get rid of the ‘scaling’ of the hard water that we have. Second, we want the water purified so we can drink it. Although our water in Monte Sereno is relatively pure, it is loaded with calcium carbonate, which leaves a white residue (scaling) everywhere.
We bought the equipment through Jerry Breen, who is a water ‘expert’ that lives in our community in Los Gatos.
After Jerry designed our system, we had the components delivered and now have to build the system.
First, the water is put through an activated charcoal filter, which eliminates organic materials and filters any sediments out of the water. Then, the water goes through a potassium water softner, which eliminates the calcium carbonate that causes scaling.
We’ve hosted a number of site visits for various groups .in the past. Usually, the groups are architects or construction students. This one was a bit different as it was a group of interior design students from West Valley College.
The instructor was Linda Newton, and she was referred to us by John Mitchell and Dan Singleton. Linda was interested in showing her students the systems comprising an energy efficient home. Specifically, she wanted a tour to show the mechanical systems, geothermal heat exchange, solar photovoltaic system, and rainwater capture and management.
Linda estimated that there could be some 30 students that may attend. For such a group, we thought it would be best to have three groups of ten, with three ‘tour stations.’ Bryan recruited Ken Martin and John Rider to host two stations, with Bryan hosting the third. Each group would spend up to 20 minutes at each ‘tour station’ then rotate. Yes, each tour station host would have to make similar presentations three times.
The tour started promptly as planned, and went for a full 90 minutes. We were pleased to have several of the instructors there from the Interior Design Faculty.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the tour and they wanted to see it upon completion.
We received the 3FLinda lights and were able to get them installed. They look great!
Dan and Adam continued to work on the wall in the Wine Dining. This will be a work of art that will be absolutely amazing. While enjoying a glass of wine, it will be nice to reflect on how the wall was built and where the materials came from.
Way cool ..
We want to have the ‘Wine Dining’ room to be special. When Jo-Anne learned that we could buy the wood from the wine tanks at Mirassou Winery on Aborn Road in San Jose, she said ‘Do it.’
Milling the wood and creating the wall has been extremely labor intensive and time consuming. We think it will be worth it.
Our friend, Kostas Karachristos, recommended that we use RedGard as a waterproofing membrane, which we did.
The wall in the Wine Dining is starting to come together …