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Daniel Humphrey

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returns 12/31/2018

I can answer questions about designing and building homes and outbuildings, especially for colder climates. I am expert in timber framing, but of course I also know about other kinds of residential construction techniques and materials. Because of my emphasis on using local materials and organic alternatives, I know quite about about Green Building and am willing to do the research to find out more.

Experience in the area

I've been a timber framer for 21 years, working as a general contractor who designs and builds custom timberframe homes, working as much as possible with local organic materials, from foundation to finish. I've built houses from timbers, adobe, logs, and standard materials. I also have expertise in designing, building, and setting up pre-fab remote camp facilities on terra firma or temperate glaciers for research and expeditions, using helicopters for support.


Timber Framers' Guild of North America


B.A., M.F.A.

Past/Present Clients

Private homeowners, developers, and icefield expedition companies.

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Recent Answers from Daniel Humphrey

2017-01-26 ground source heat pump:

Dear Marie,    A ground source heat pump can cool or heat a building using electric compressor pumps to move a refrigerant between the building and the ground, essentially cooling the ground to heat the

2012-03-25 attic insulation:

Dick,    Unless you are going to convert the attic to a living space, do not insulate beneath the roof, especially with sprayed foam, which will eliminate the functioning vents. Instead, insulate the ceiling

2010-04-19 Log Home Help:

Dear Kim,    The backer rod is good for saving your chinking material, since it is far less expensive than the material itself. Some people use spray foam and scrape away what they don't want. I've used

2009-12-04 Lot drainage:

Anton,    The perimeter drain is to relieve water pressure from around the foundation. Most soils drain well enough anyway, but some do not. If your soil does not percolate well, because it is clay for


Sean,    SIPs make great houses. If you have a builder experienced with SIPs, you can get an airtight house. Your concerns about ventilation are well grounded. SIP houses have been known to suffer from


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