On March 31, 2011 I got the occupancy permit for the residential section of our building at 78 Main St! And I moved in last weekend. There is still some work to do on the commercial side (Energy Emporium’s future home), but I’m hoping to finish that and move the store in by the end of this month.
It has been a lot of physical, mental and emotional work, a lot of red tape (from permits to loans), and some interesting tweaking and modifications of the solar powered heating system to get to this point… but it came out really well. A lot of thanks goes to my general contractor, Don Roberts, who has been great to work with even while I changed things at the last minute to meet LEED (Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design) and ZEB (zero energy building) requirements.
So, here are some pictures of residential part of the house (2nd and 3rd floors):
It is very exciting, very cosey, comfortable and peaceful. The heat works! I'm still tweaking the domestic hot water, and the finances have been stretched to their limit -- but it is really nice to have a place to call home!
What do you think? I hope to see a lot of you at my open house this summer (or stop by whenever you can)!