Boiceville Cottages Construction Update, 1/2016

15 01 2016

Just a pass through Caroline to check on the latest progress at the Boiceville Cottages. At present, it looks like about six new houses have been framed out – the three furthest along (red-orange trim) are receiving their exterior stucco coats, while the three less further along (cobalt blue trim) look rather like shiny ornaments thanks to the aluminum facer on the Rmax Thermasheath polyiso insulation (previously some red-faced Atlas polyiso was used). Rigid thermal foam plastic insulation board is lightweight, easy to cut, provides decent fire and moisture protection and provides a very high degree of insulation from the elements, greatly limiting the transfer of heat outward. As compared to traditional plywood sheathing however, it’s not as strong, and because the water control is on the outside with the foam sheathing, there are limitations or extra steps that need to be taken before applying many exterior facade materials like wood or fiber cement.

The roof foam boards are covered in Feltex synthetic roof underlayment before the shingles are attached. Compared to traditional asphalt-saturated felt, the synthetic material offers greater moisture resistance, and they’re light-weight and high-strength. However, wicking, where water can be drawn up the roof and promote leaks, can be a big issue with synthetic roof underlayment, so it has to be installed correctly and carefully.

Another set of homes is still at the concrete slab and sill plate stage, but it looks like some wood stud walls will be going up shortly. Schickel Construction is aiming to have all 17 of the new units complete by the end of the summer.
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15 01 2016
Cornell PhD

What exactly is the scale of this thing now? It would be interesting to see an updated site plan (or even aerial photo) if available.

15 01 2016
B. C.

Honestly, the plans were modified from the 2012 filing, so I don’t even have an accurate site plan. I might be able to pull an aerial from this past summer, but that would be about the best I can find offhand.

15 01 2016
David Harding

Put “Boiceville Cottages” into Google Maps, then go to Earth view and you can get a good picture of the operation. Or “301 Boiceville Road, Brooktondale, New York”.

15 01 2016
Cornell PhD

Thanks; I think that image’s outdated too, though. The imagery is clearly from summer and Google hasn’t dated it (just has the 2016 copyright, which can’t be right considering it’s winter now).

15 01 2016
B. C.

There are aerial maps on the county website that date from summer 2015: http://geo.tompkins-co.org/SL/Viewer.html?Viewer=TCland

15 01 2016
David Harding

Yes, the Google Maps photo is certainly not current, but you can count the 17 partially complete buildings and pads of the current phase.

15 01 2016
B. C.

I have added the county’s map to the blog post.

21 03 2016
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