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Low-Country Morningstar in South Carolina
Preparations

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The Low-country is a geographic and cultural area along South Carolina's coast. Rice and indigo were the early mainstays of the Low-country. Today the Low-country is a tourist destination due to its historic cities and communities, natural beaches and environment, and cultural heritage. Enertia is excited to be sending an Enertia Morningstar kit to the Low-country.
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With the high water table of the coastal area, there are different site challenges for this Enertia Morningstar home. The "basement" of the home, which serves as a geothermal heating/cooling unit, will be on-grade and will be bermed later on three sides with the South exposed, as we have seen before in coastal situations.
As in most new construction, after initial clearing of the site the first step to drill for water.
The homeowner, Kaye, is fortunate to have useful timber on her property and is having it logged. The wood in the background will be sawn for slabs and boards. The wood in the foreground will go to the pulp factory.
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A WoodMizer® portable sawmill is used to mill the logs into slabs and boards which must be properly stacked for drying. The boards can become flooring or cabinetry. The slabs will become tables and benches.
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The wood surfaces are beautiful, and Kay is rightfully proud of this accomplishment as she stacks the boards on sticks and under a tarpped roof for air circulation and protection from the UV rays of the Sun.
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Even saplings and branches can be dried and saved for use in split rail fencing, which is traditional in the area.
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Once the site is cleared and excavated, the footers are poured with a large concrete pump on site to speed up the process.
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On the left, above, is the wood frame that will support the outside of the plywood concrete forms. At the top right you see that the plywood has been screwed to the "frame wall" to form the outer wall of the concrete form. All of the lumber and plywood used here will be reused for partition framing and sub flooring. Very little is wasted in Enertia Home construction. The use of screws as fasteners speeds the process. In the upper right image note that the rewbar grid for the foundation walls is in place and the large South windows have been boxed.
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Here are the wall forms before and after pouring.
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On the left, above, is a detail of the Window inset in the form wall. On the right, the project manager, Stan, is splattered with concrete after pouring. Soon we will have photos of the concrete walls with the forms removed, so come back and check out the progress!
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After the foundations is poured and the forms removed, the subfloor framework is built and plywood is crane-lifted onto the deck to be used for the subfloor surface. Soon the Enertia® kit will be delivered and the first floor walls will begin to rise.
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The concrete foundation (footers, walls, floors) have been poured. Concrete holds a lot of water, and the walls are drying out. The floors are being screened and troweled for a smooth finish.
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The West porch is being built early in the process so it can be used as staging for the construction of the kit. Meanwhile, the kit has arrived from the Enertia factory.
Bundles of timbers are raised onto the subfloor with the contractor's crane. Each bundle has precut, numbered timbers ready to set in place according to the chart provided by the team at Enertia Building Systems.
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