We also wanted to review the site we had planned for the new house we’re building. My wife and I both had a few concerns about the spot and wanted to take another look now that the snow has melted.
Well, we decided after looking it over and a conversation with my folks to get their thoughts on our concerns that it wasn’t quite the right spot. Luckily though, we found a perfect spot quite close by.
One of the concerns we had was being too close to the high traffic areas of the yard. Putting the house where we’d planned it would have taken up some prime real estate that could be used by other stuff.
Another concern was feeling like we were just too close to my folks. Funny how you get out into the country and distance takes on a whole different meaning. The distance that was too close was enough to fit a couple houses into back in the city.
So the view to my folks’ place from our building site before was like this:
The new spot is actually a bit closer as the crow flies, but has a small hill in-between:
Amazing what taking advantage of terrain features can do for you.
Overall, we’re pretty happy with the new spot. The view is pretty darn good too…
We also made a decision on how we’re going to heat the place. We’re going to install an outdoor wood burning furnace with a nice wood stove as a backup and ambiance inside the home.
One big reason why we’re going this route is that it allows us to have one central furnace that can heat not only our home, but can also be used to heat greenhouses and other out-buildings. The new spot for the house makes this a no brainer.
I’m particularly excited about having such a great source of heat for a greenhouse. Combined with a partial in-ground design, we should be able to grow fresh food most of the year. I am obsessed with the idea of raising local vanilla for some reason…