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2013


June 15-Construction drawings done

June 20-Donating and recycling all metal and stuff from old house

June 27-Capped off sewer and water from old house

June 28-Got temporary electric pole installed

June 29-Sadly had to cut down two diseased trees on property for safety reasons

July 10-Got demolition permit to deconstruct the rest of the old home

July 17-19-Razed the old home thanks to Paramount Corporation and Dump&Junk

July 20-Structural engineer Smbat Hacopian signed off on the construction drawings

August 3- Cleaning up of property

August 9-Benning Associates started working on Site Plan and Sediment Control Plan

August 20-Place silt fence around property

September 2-Potomac Valley Surveys conducts topographical survey for Site Plan

September 10-Provide Bracing Plan and Thermal Envelope Plan to DPS

September 17-DPS accepts all plans during prescreening

September 23-Meet with ICF contractor to go over plans

October 10--Hired Winter and Associates as our LEED rater

October 25-Sediment, Site and Construction Permits Approved

​October 30-Live Web Cam Installed

November 15-Construction Driveway Installed

November 24-Survey Offsets Done

November 29-Registered our LEED project with USGBC

December 1-Mark Quinn and Bill Naegeli Joined Construction Team

​December 2-Going with BuildBlock ICF from footers to roof

December 2-Using HELIX steel fibers in our ICF walls for maximum strength 

December 4-Chesapeake Bay Trust provides support for our sustainable landscape design

December 12-HELIX arrived 

December 13-Signed contracts for ICF, concrete work, sprinkler system and project consultant director

December 16-Broke ground for basement excavation

December 16-Sustainable Landscape Design presented as thesis at GW University by Bevan Schimizu

December 19-53 foot semi arrives with 49 pallets of Insulated Concrete Forms from BuildBlock

December 22-Stouffer Landscape excavates home

December 23-Bartley Concrete pours the footers

December 31-Bobby Jones Plumbing installs plumbing under basement slab


2014


January - Second Web cam Installed

​January - Bill Naegeli and crew poured the basement slab with 2 in of rigid foam under entire slab

January - Bill starts putting up the BuildBlock ICF walls in the basement

January - Pump and concrete trucks pour 30 yards of concrete into the ICF walls with Helix

January - Matt Unkle and his crew frame the basement and the first floor

February - Bill and crew set the first floor ICF walls, and cut and buck all the doors and windows

February - More yards of concrete fill in the first floor ICF and Helix

February - Weatherseal Construction puts eco friendly waterproofing and dimple membrane on basement walls to grade

February - Cary Stouffer and crew backfill mounds of dirt and dig 16 footers for porch and deck

February - Matt started framing the first floor

​March - The roof goes up.

​April - Exterior stone work with stone from Irwin Stone commences.

April - EDGE ENERGY joins the GreenCasa Team for our energy monitoring needs.

May - Interior stone work for fireplace starts. See pics on Pictures 4 Page!

May - SaverSystems helps GCM out big time with Defy Extreme Wood Stain!

June - Fire sprinkler system and internal plumbing and electrical work starts. 

June - Exterior red cedar porch, siding and rail work continues.

​July - Stone work for rear patio starts, and interior "green tile" from Daltile work begins.

July - GCM gets a nice article written about us in the local Cabin John Newsletter! Read it here.

August - "Princess" red cedar balcony work finished up, must see the pictures!

​August - Defy Extreme Wood Stain from SaverSystems.com work on deck, railings and siding.

September - Green Guard and Kingspan Insulation help us out with insulation for maximum LEED points

September - GCM wins Award from for our Western Red Cedar deck, railings and siding. See pics here!

September - Front walk and yard landscaping work begins. Front stone wall installed. Pics here.

October - EDGE ENERGY runs air duct pressurization test, assures air ducts have less than 3% "leakage".

October - Crew discovers 50-year-old DRY WELL buried on property, See video here.

October - GCM constructs exterior structure to store landscaping materials and more.

October - GCM installs FEIT Electric LED bulbs for Energy Star Efficiency Rating and LEED points. Pics.

November - NO VOC paint project using Benjamin Moore NO VOC paint begins. See our VOC Reduction section and video!

December - Custom cut trim, molding and baseboards from pine installed, along with pine doors, all stained with Defy Extreme  Wood Stain from SaverSystems.com. See the pics on our Pictures 11 page.

December - GCM's real cedar deck and railings featured on Best Deck Railing Products website!


2015


January - GCM's newest sponsor, Vintage Lumber, delivers yellow pine flooring reclaimed from old barns and other structures.

January - CraftMart partners with GCM for custom stairs.

February - Roberts NO VOC floor adhesive used to affix reclaimed yellow pine flooring to basement floor.

​February - Whole Heart Farm donates cedar harvested locally and responsibly.

February - Fortress Railing Products donates beautiful glass side railings for stairs.

March - Fortress Railing Products glass railings go up (Pics here) with on-site, custom hand railings made from re-claimed lumber.

April - PureBond plywood that is formaldehyde-free, soy-based and is environmentally-friendly are chosen for the cabinets.

​April - GCM to conduct tour for CertainTeed, manufacturer of sustainable durable surfaces and countertops made with recycled glass.

July 2015 - GCM to be certified by NAHB's Green Building Program.

August 2015 - Certainteed tours GCM!

September 2015 - Irwin Stone donates natural stone and rainbow marble for Fire Pit!

September 2015 - S&L Spindles donates sustainable cedar railings and fencing.

October 2015 - GCM is Energy Star Certified! See the Certificate HERE.



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