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Home Building on an Island
Wade takes us along to visit two island projects that are underway. The first stop is a local restaurant and bar, Yellow Kittens Tavern. Project manager Dan is overseeing the extensive foundation work to bring the structure up to spec. This will then pave the way to build a large deck that will require nearly 30 helical piers for support. At the next location, Wade breaks down the plan for a property with two existing homes and a garage. These houses face two possible outcomes; relocation or demolition. As an island requirement, the structures must be advertised locally for relocation purposes. The structures are free for anyone that can provide logistics and transportation to a new property. Once the lot is cleared, construction can begin on a primary house, a guest house, and a new garage. Back at the BOAI project, the guttering and downspouts have been installed. The interior doors and the upstairs kitchen cabinetry are in place, trim carpentry is well underway, and the painting crew has arrived, ready to trail the carpenters. Wade shows us the custom door casing that emulates a 3-piece molding - but with the benefit of durability as the home ages. As a solid piece, the concern of multiple trim components splitting or cracking in the future is eliminated. Wade shares the progress on the bathroom tile and covers the Schluter waterproofing system behind it. Heading upstairs, the stairwell is being fitted with MDF sheets for a recessed panel design. As the projects get smaller in scope, the house is taking shape, and soon the focus will be solely on interior finishes. Come take a look at the progress here on Building on an Island.

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 1: Demolition and Site Prep Logistics

09/17/2021

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, d...

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...

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