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Supplement to the Powell Tribune ■ Thursday, October 27, 2011 Earthy but not lodgey By ILENE OLSON Tribune News Editor A fter more than a year of planning and building, Matthew and Cheryl Elliott moved into their new house in the Greenfield Subdivision last month. Cheryl Elliott said it surprised many of their friends that they chose to move into town from their three and a halfacre rural property. But now that their sons are grown, she said, it was becoming difficult to find time to maintain their rural property. “I guess it’s to simplify things, to put everything on one level and reduce the things we have to take care of,” she said. Elliott said she likes the wide hallways and not having any stairs in the house. Since the Elliotts expect the house to be their retirement home, no stairs is a good thing, she said. “I broke my leg last summer, and we lived in a bi-level,” she said. “Every place I needed to go, I had stairs.” The Elliotts’ original plans didn’t call for building a new house; they planned to buy an existing home. But when they couldn’t find the house they were looking for in a quiet neighborhood, they decided to build instead. During their search for a home, they Wood cabinets and an island give the home of Matthew and Cheryl Elliott a warm and inviting look in addition to providing plenty of space to put things. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson did find a house plan they liked, but that house was on a busy street. The homeowners graciously shared their plans, and the Elliotts made a few minor changes. Once it was time to build, “We went to Jim’s Building Service and asked if they would be interested in building a house,” Elliott said. The company has done more commercial building in recent years, but agreed to take on the project. “We were really blessed,” she said. “Jim’s Building Service took a lot of pride in their work, and they’re craftsmen.” That attention to detail included things such as routing out the wood on the front, back and sides of the kitchen island to look like picture frames, and installing wooden doors that had a similar design and matching finish throughout the house. Wooden floor registers are set in the hardwood floor so perfectly that they almost disappear. “They put in a lot of detail that a lot of people wouldn’t have done. But it made a lot of difference,” she said. Elliott asked Bill Hobby and Jay Boardman if they would install the tile in the house. “They came out of retirement to do the tile work,” she said. That work included a walk-in shower in the master bathroom, complete with an in-line floor drain that goes across the entrance to the shower, eliminating the need to raise the floor to trap the Please see Earthy, Page 8 Home designed wITh green In mInd By GIB MATHERS Tribune Staff Writer T he house under construction on North Gilbert Street for Joe and Sharon Keele is about 3,600 square feet and has green design features. “We try to be green build- ers,” said the contractor, John McClure, who owns McClure Custom Builders Inc., of Cody, with his wife, Robin. Indeed, the two-story home is erected with sustainable buildings materials like walls and ceiling composed of SIPS — Structural Insulated Panels. These panels are 5 1/2 inches of styrofoam sandwiched between sheets of seven-sixteenths-thick plywood. Width wise, the results are similar to a two-by-six wall but with an R-value (thermal resistance) of over 30. The SIP ceiling has an R-value over 40, McClure said. The R-value far exceeds that of a traditional two-by-four or two-by-six wall, said the architect, Kane Morris of Point Architects of Cody. “Save 40 percent to 60 percent on heating and cooling costs forever,” said the house’s SIPS manufacturer Enercept Inc., on its website. “Every nook and cranny is crammed full of insulation,” Morris said, describing the snug seal from styrofoam and plywood. The walls feel solid as concrete blocks bonded with mor- The two story, approximate 3,600-square-foot home being built for Joe and Sharon Keele on North Gilbert Street should be completed by Christmas. Tribune photo by gib mathers INSIDE: City tries out LED lights SEE PAGE 5 Manor residents enjoy ‘new’ kitchens SEE PAGE 9 ReStore offers more materials SEE PAGE 12 tar. Light plastic emblazoned with the Enercept’s logo wraps the home’s exterior forming a vapor barrier and on the inside, asphalt coated strips, resembling thick electrical tape, seal all the joints. Depending on the season, the SIPS walls and ceilings keep warm/cool air in, McClure said. The panels are four feet wide like a sheet of plywood, but the length can run up to 20 feet, McClure said. Using the panels entails less scrap compared to conventional framing. That means less waste to haul to the landfill, which is green action in itself, McClure said. The house rises two stories. Above, McClure’s crew attaches tar paper to the roof in preparation for asphalt shingles. Industrial strength fasteners drive staples into the plywood with hollow whacks. Even with a few windows waiting for glass and the open doorways, the place looks cozy and spacious at the same time. “Green” has become the objective in recent years, but it means more than energy efficiency or waste reduction. Once the house is completed, McClure will determine just how snug the place really is with a blower door test. A blower door creates a vacuum so the house can be tested for air leaks, McClure said. “Any air coming out of this house is basically dollar bills coming out,” McClure said. “Green is the color of money.” For those building a large or a small house, it pays to plan ahead by discussing green dePlease see Green, Page 2 Newly remodeled cozy homes SEE PAGE 16

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