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Home Building on an Island

On this episode of Building on an Island, Wade will demolish an existing home, making way for a new custom build. Remember though, since he’s on an island, you can bet on plenty of challenges, such as weather, logistics, ferries, planes, delivery coordination, subcontractors, and getting materials and labor over to the island to get working.

This home featured here has been on the property for about 35 years. After trying to salvage, it was determined that it would need to come down due to its poor structural condition. And so, demolition began. After a quick hour or so, nothing remains of the home, but the work has just begun. Wade chats with his project manager, Dan who has been building on the island for many years to chat about some of the issues many companies are encountering these days.

First challenge they face: dumpsters can’t leave the island, so they’ve already lost a week of work. Once all the wreckage is loaded up though, Wade will take us through the actual excavation, as well as give as an inside look at how concrete is manufactured on the island since concrete trucks can’t take the ferry over. Stay tuned for next week’s episode.

Episodes

Building on an Island

09/10/2021

In this Original Build Series, a mainland custom home builder embarks on a mission to build a new custom home on an island 12 miles offshore.

How will he navigate the logistics and build a home in a reasonable amount of time? How does concrete and lumber get out to the island?

Episode 2: Concrete and Foundation Wall Footings

02/14/2022

On this episode of Building on an Island, Wade heads over to Block Island to place the concrete for the foundation wall footings. This is an important and productive step in the process. After the quick and easy excavation process, and securing the footings in place, the team will wet set the upr...

Episode 3: Foundation Waterproofing and Drainage Boards

02/14/2022

On this episode of Building on an Island, Wade takes us back to the house where we the transitions from the foundation and backfilling to the framing stage. Wade focuses on foundation waterproofing, drainage boards, and how they will tie into the french drain system around the footing. He'll a...

Episode 4: Framing, Roof Trim Details, and a Spray Foam Basement

09/17/2021

On this episode of Building on an Island, this structure is starting to look like a house. Wade and the team face storms as they begin to get walls up and roof sheathing on. Wade gets a visit from Matt and they discuss the structure of the basement which uses crushed stone and spray foam insulati...

Episode 5: Coastal Windows (Installation and Key Differentiators)

09/17/2021

In this episode of Building on an Island, Wade dives into coastal windows. Chatting with Andersen Window “Guru,” Don Hamel (Rhode Island Andersen Representative) he looks at the A-Series Line of windows. Some challenges faced on the island include: high salt spray, high winds, and rain in all dif...

Episode 6: Framing Wrap-up

09/17/2021

Now that the framing, decks and exterior window trim is complete, Wade and the team are transitioning to mechanical, plumbing and electrical aspects of the build. On this episode, discover key aspects of the unique build including the decks around the house, such as the ones from the upper kitche...

Episode 7: HVAC - Compact Ducts and other Unico Benefits

09/17/2021

On this episode of Building on an Island, Wade checks in on progress. The winter months, holidays, and COVID-19 have certainly proven to be a challenge on the job site recently. Despite some delays, good progress has been made in plumbing and HVAC. Join Wade as he meets with Evan Trethewey o...

Episode 8: Plumbing with Legend's SmartClick System and weatherproofing the Deck

03/09/2022

On this episode of Building on an Island, Wade dives into the waterproofing methods used on the exterior decks. The deck sleepers are spaced from the surface using EPDM walkpad strips, allowing the sleepers to sit above any standing water and promote the longevity of the deck. Wade also meets wit...

Episode 9: Final Framing and Two Additional Projects

03/29/2022

In this episode of Building on an Island, Wade visits two other worksites on Block island before we head to the BOAI site. At the first home, Wade and his team are installing a slate roof. He shares why they chose slate over other roofing materials, and why slate tile roofs are called a "fore...

Episode 10: Sidewall Cedar Shingles & the Island Power Grid

05/06/2022

In this episode of Building on an Island, Wade dives into the shingling process and how manufacturer delays can make the project get more expensive. Next Wade walks through how they get water off the roof and deck and pitched down and out. With electrical coming up on the job site, you might be ...

Episode 11: Logistics and Island History

05/27/2022

After receiving many questions regarding construction on Block Island, Wade hands it over to Dan, the project manager, to answer a few of them. How did the island manage freight before larger ferries were commissioned? What happens when the crew is short on supplies? Dan goes in depth on these is...

Episode 12: Stone Veneer, Electrical Rough-in, and Gas Piping

07/20/2022

After many supply chain delays and days of inclement weather, Wade and crew are making great progress on the island. In this episode, Wade covers the stone veneer being installed. This veneer is a Connecticut Blend from Delgado Stone. While the exterior stone and cedar shakes are wrapping up, the...

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