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Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:40 pm
by admin
interesting.

I worked as a roofer too when in high school and couple years in university.

coming from a northern climate, you can apreciate my natural recoil at the sight of "flat" roofs of any sort. in that area it is probably fine, but they insist on trying to transplant those to southern Chile.

Down south, we would call it a "rooftop swimming pool" :lol:

Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:51 pm
by KDnR
admin wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:40 pm
interesting.

I worked as a roofer too when in high school and couple years in university.

coming from a northern climate, you can apreciate my natural recoil at the sight of "flat" roofs of any sort. in that area it is probably fine, but they insist on trying to transplant those to southern Chile.

Down south, we would call it a "rooftop swimming pool" :lol:
:) I know what you mean. I lived in a rainy state and flat roofs always had some sort of problems. But I can't complain, I made a lot of money when people called to do repairs. So... I have an idea how to do it right. Attention to details and everything will be fine.

I scratch my head when I see some other people doing it. Recently I saw one roof done in the most horrible way I have ever seen... That is how houses set for a disaster down the road.

Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Posted: Mon May 25, 2020 9:48 pm
by KDnR
Finally!!! Our exterior boards made it to the property after 5 months of delays. Could not unload into warehouse due to complete lockdown in Santiago, had to bring the container to the property to unload by hand. Not much fun to do it, each board is up to 120 pounds. But at least it is here and we can move on with construction.

Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 7:35 pm
by KDnR
Today we finished wrapping the house in MgO stripes. Same as on the roof, it will help eliminate heat loss or gain. It took a lot of materials, almost the whole pallet. The problem now is that we need to get spray foam guy to do corners and areas that we will not be able to do from inside. And he is from Santiago and can't come because of lockdown. Can't start putting MgO boards until that is done...

Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Posted: Sat May 30, 2020 2:52 pm
by Britkid
So just flicking through the whole thread....thanks for sharing...

The flat roof, you mentioned you know how to design, the solution is you just design it in such a way that after heavy rains you can just leave the water there until it dries out and given the construction quality it will be fine?

And then my other curiosity, the under floor heating, how does that work? Those pipes contain what - hot water? Heated by gas?

Also curious if you are considering/going to do solar panels/solar hot water systems or not? Or just rely on grid electricity + gas supply? If you are building in the Colchagua valley area, solar energy would be decent.

Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 4:05 pm
by KDnR
Britkid wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 2:52 pm
So just flicking through the whole thread....thanks for sharing...

The flat roof, you mentioned you know how to design, the solution is you just design it in such a way that after heavy rains you can just leave the water there until it dries out and given the construction quality it will be fine?

And then my other curiosity, the under floor heating, how does that work? Those pipes contain what - hot water? Heated by gas?

Also curious if you are considering/going to do solar panels/solar hot water systems or not? Or just rely on grid electricity + gas supply? If you are building in the Colchagua valley area, solar energy would be decent.
I have a drainage system inside the roof. Heavy rain may destroy the roof in no time if there is no way out for the water. The weight of that water may quickly exceed how much that roof can handle. On top of that drainage, I have an overflow opening, just in case...

In-floor heating will be handled by the heat pump that is working on electricity. Also, I am using top of the line unit that also utilize heat from solar hot water panels. Most of the time I will have extra heat that I could use to warm up the floor. If I do not have enough sun for the water, the heat pump will help. But we have plenty of sun here, doubt that this would be the case. And I am placing a system that exceeds my needs. I like to go the extra mile in everything I do if you noticed.

Pipes inside of floor contain water.

Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 8:57 pm
by Britkid
ok, thanks!

Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:00 pm
by KDnR
Does anyone know the contractor in the Santa Cruz area who can finish spraying the foam from inside? Our contractor can't get to us from Santiago now to finish the job. He was able to get here once during lockdown that we can proceed with placing MgO but can't get another permit now. Please PM me if you know somebody, thank you.