May 9, 2017 9:15 pm

Mogens Wishes for More DIRTT

While there is a lot of DIRTT at Hygge, Mogens Smed’s new home, there isn’t as much as he’d have liked. “I should never have agreed to stuff like this,” he said while standing in the shower room that is not yet finished on the bottom floor.

The upstairs living space is nearly complete. Complete enough for Mogens to move in and hold dinner parties on a regular basis! But his dream for a fully finished home from footings to done in five months hit a few bumps along the way. He feels it is entirely due to those moments of weakness when he let “that’s the way we’ve always done it” get in the way of a better 21st century answer.


April 20, 2017 4:40 pm

Main Floor is Getting Hygge With It

The blog is a bit behind, but Hygge keeps chugging along. So, how to pronounce “Hygge”, the Danish word for comfort, company and contentment? Since it is Danish, don’t expect it to be obvious. On the surface of the English tongue, it is pronounced “Hoo-gah.” But really, you want to make that “hoo” sound a little more “hueh” – not that THAT is pronounceable. Anyway, I’m sure you’ll get it.

The main floor has already hosted guests and is home to Mogens. The lower floor is still underway and the landscaping is getting underway – which is a good thing as we come into rainy season.

Stay tuned as we come into the home stretch!

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April 7, 2017 2:34 pm

Deck Railing Installs Lickety Split

Yet again, technology makes work on the job-site a breeze. Watch as the beautiful glass railing installs fast and fits like a glove.

PS. “Hygge” is pronounced Hoo-gah. Yes. That’s how the Danes describe their much loved art of comfort, connection and contentment.

April 4, 2017 10:47 pm

Since We’re So Close – Let’s Have a Party!

If you thought the homeowner moving in before you were finished building the house was a deadline amplifier – what if he decided to throw a little cocktail party too? Yep. That’s one of the many things that happened at Casa Smed over the last few days.

They’re also finishing off the fascia and flashing. The outdoors handrail on the deck started Monday and is expected to be done by Wednesday. DIRTT walls are going in the laundry room. Tiling is being done in the bathrooms and the all important cable for the TV is getting hooked up!

Plus, when the official move-in happens, it’s been decided to re-christen the house with a more Danish vibe – to match the owner. Soon Casa Smed will be known as Hygge.


March 31, 2017 1:57 pm

End of March – How are we doing?

Anyone who’s ever built a house knows to expect “challenges.” Challenges to the schedule. Challenges from availability of materials. Challenges to your sanity…

Even though Hygge is a first-of-its-kind build, and technology is being used as much as possible – challenges arise quite eagerly. Sinks arrive scratched. Painted areas get dinged. The owner moves in before everything is finished… You know, the usual.

Still, the deadline seems to be attainable – 5 months from footings to (ready for habitation!) move-in.


March 24, 2017 2:21 pm

Mogens Gives Deadline an Extra Meaning for Crew

Two-and-a-half weeks before the official move-in date, Mogens Smed gives the crews on-site and at DIRTT an exciting new twist.

March 21, 2017 7:30 pm

Solar Runs the Hygge Show

Today we hear from James Robinson at Wave Technical. He created a solar solution for Hygge. It will not only run the house, once it’s moved into – but he set it up so it could support the tools and teams building it. And during the construction season, temperatures plummeted to an, eyebrow freezing -28C at times!

Solar shed at Casa Smed getting ready for the family.
March 17, 2017 11:18 pm

Mogens Closet arrives

The DIRTT DNA is starting to show up at Hygge. As a little prod to the schedule, Mogens had his own closet system arrive before the floor was finished installing “This is a good physical and visual hint that things must get done fast,” he said as the painters picked up the pace. You can also see a hint of what the beautiful wood handrail will look like on the glass panels along the stairs.

March 6, 2017 10:52 pm

Why all the European stuff?

Tomaz Stich take us from the original mock-up, where we had to demonstrate the validity of our approach to the local permitting officials, to the Hygge job-site. He explains why many of the construction materials and components in Europe would be good choices here in North America.

Windows, insulation and other materials from Europe make Casa Smed more durable.
March 3, 2017 8:39 pm

Glass railing leads to loft.

See how the glass panes slide onto the beautiful, elegant connectors on the stairs for a dramatic addition to the staircase.