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Your house sounds wonderful! And it will be cosy and comfortable once you get it just the way you want it, with the stoves and wood heating.

I think those blow heaters are actually the most wasteful ones to use. I have never seen them in Europe, except for some offices. Mostly, we use radiators heated from a central heat system using oil, coal, gas, wood or - as in my case - long distance heating. That means an entire block or even larger area of a town is heated by one large heating station through a system of hot water pipes. Very often, the central heating station also produces electricity at the same time, boosting efficiency.

My sister's home is heated almost entirely through a solar heat collecting system in the roof, additionally, they use a wood stove. I love being there, it's a very gentle constant warmth, always fresh, warm air in the house. That's a special house, though.

I wouldn't mind heating a house with wood, in fact, that's what my dreamhouse would do.

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The 'blow' heating you're talking about is a central heating system that, in many cases is both heat and air conditioning. We have neither here. I grew up with the forced air central heat, and have had it in every house I've lived in until now. Each room in this house is actually equiped with one electric wall unit, except for the master bedroom and it has an electric baseboard heater. Usually, the only ones of those we use is the one in the bathroom, and ocassionally the one in the kitchen, but most of the time, we don't use any of them. We have one gas log 'stove' and one set of gas logs that is our primary source of heat. We don't heat our bedroom unless it's too cold in there, then we'll use a small portable electric room heater. I prefer NOT to use electric at all due to the cost, and it's not a good [sign in to see URL] dry. Like I said, we'd love if the fireplaces in this house were large enough to use wood, but it was built to burn coal, so they are really small. Plus, I don't like coal [sign in to see URL] turns everything black very quickly. That's all my inlaws in VA use is coal, and you can't keep the black off of anything. It gets into the upholstry, the curtains, all over the walls and [sign in to see URL] me, it may be much more efficient, but it's a very dirty heat source. The gas is bad enough to build up a film on the windows and [sign in to see URL] reason I'd like wood, but, since we don't own, we have to deal with what we have.

Firle, your sister's house sounds wonderful. Using solar power to heat is about as clean a heat source as you can get! Does it power an electric unit or what?



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Today, I was struck by an epiphany giving logical insight into what I should do with the house.......

The house is built using no logic whatsoever - it has things in the wrong place, with odd levels and tilting walls... If we look at the house logically, it is obvious how it should be set out, and it will be simple to get it to be that way - The kitchen is the most important room of the house - it is where we eat, sit chatting round the table, and enjoy warmth from the oven... It should have a door to the outside, preferably the back door, and should be large enough for the cook stove, shelves, freezers, fridge and the large table. The living room should be cozy, with desk, sofa, entertainment thing, and a couple of chairs. It should not be where the back door opens, as it is now, but it should be where the french windows are.. Being of ancient descent, I believe in sculleries - the place, separate from the kitchen, where water, sinks, and drains abound. By moving one wall, we can have a seventeen ft by eighteen ft living room, thirteen by eighteen ft kitchen, an eight ft square scullery, a six ft by eight ft dressing room, and have the kitchen in the right place, by back door, and the living room in the right place, by french windows.

This leaves the bedrooms and bathroom in the same places whilst giving us more useful room in the kitchen. It also makes it easier to tile... a diagonal doorway will be no more, making the living room square shaped, not irregular shaped.

WE will work out the logistics of moving the wall - there is an electrical socket and a light switch in the wall to be moved, so need isolating before we demolish the wall.
We should have it done, by the time we get the stove and chimneys put in.. I really like this house, it is so solid, moving walls is not a problem. ( all the same, I will be putting the new wall in, before the old wall is removed.)

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Goodness Muladzh, I'd not know what to do with rooms that nice and big! I'm glad you figured out a way to get the rooms not only how you want them, but WHERE you want them!
Sounds like you're getting more and more settled and that this is where you have been headed for the last year+. I'm thrilled for you and Frog!!!! emoticon

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Thank you, Becky, we think it most definitely is the place we have searched for, for a long time.

The land is perfect for what we need - a place for fruit, a place for veggies, and a place for trees. We are going to have a lot of fun here.

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That sounds great! And if it is as "simple" as moving only one wall, that's a good solution. Hope it all works out well, even with the electricity.

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Saijen, my sister's house collects heat through a system of pipes on their attic. The attic itself serves as heat collector (they can go up there, but it's not useful for anything else). The heat is then stored in a water tank and distributed through floor heating. It also heats the hot water. The wood stove is in the wintergarden (which opens to the attic) and actually heats the attic if there is not enough sunshine to generate heat.

The house is made from wood and very well insulated, while still allowing air to circulate. I think it's exceedingly clever. They also have solar panels for electricity and usually generate more than they need.

They don't have a big vegetable garden because my sister works full time and her husband is not a gardening fan. But they have chicken! They share the flock with their neigbors on a weekly basis. It seems to work out very well, and the chickens are even laying now.

I will stay with them over Christmas, and I'm already very much looking forward to that.

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Firle, your sister's house sounds awesome! I think the US could learn a thing or 2 from the heating systems there. A much more effective way to heat, and it's an easily renewable source, unless we go into a world-wide drought and the Earth dries up. I'd love to have the heating that's under the floor. Makes SO much more sense since heat rises.

Muladzh, I'm glad to know that you and Frog are happy, and feel so at home there. It's obvious this is where you belong. The pride comes through when you post about your piece of paradise. Maybe one day I'll get to meet the two of you, and see your place. emoticon

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Seeing us, and our home is easy... Tell me when you want to come, you too Firle, and I will supply airline tickets.

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Muladzh, that is a wonderful offer. emoticon

Saijen: I love being in my sister's house. It's a wonderful environment with natural materials, mostly wood. They have a large living room with the kitchen right next to it, in the center of the house. The wintergarden, a workroom for my BiL, and bedrooms for the parents and two kids, and a bathroom. The basement has another bathroom, three rooms that serve as guest room, printer room and work room, plus some storage.

It's not a big house, as they go for that kind of family, but they are happy. No TV, btw, and the kids play outside as much as possible. Lots of kids in the neighborhood, and lots of cooperation. I am a little envious.
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I dream of a small house for myself, with an annex for my practice room, and a garden for growing my own food. I'd love chicken, maybe rabbits (and yes, for food). And maybe, maybe a horse.

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Firle, I love how "GREEN" your Sisters house is. And how in tune it is with [sign in to see URL]'s no wonder it feels good to be there. emoticon

Muladzh, I'm so happy that all it's going to take to make your house a true workable home is moving one wall. We've done that before and being a non load bearing wall makes it much [sign in to see URL] feeling your joy! emoticon

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