John C Daley wrote:Those rocket mass heaters may work for you.
Heating water off a small solar system may be difficult.
Could you live with an LPG system?
- I use LPG for hot water, cooking and refrigeration.
I alaso had a wood heater and a fireplace outside for cooking. Later I put an LPG BBQ outside as well.
Maybe you can have a small solar lighting system and after the house is built etc, save the money for the grid connection.
My house was about 500 sq ft and my solar panel was 24 x 18 inches self regulating with one storage battery.
I used that for 10 years.
A Johnson wrote:Can anyone point me in the direction of more info on this? Perhaps an online course?
Daniel Ray wrote:
Any specific questions about balecob feel free to ask or shoot me a purple mooseage. Good luck! and have fun.
Brian Michael wrote:Have you considered Cord Wood construction. It's on my list of "one of these days" projects. Seems like it's often done in climates similar to ours.
As for over-heating the house - I guess that might be a concern, but it will be easier to open a window in a hot house than trying to find heat that isn't there.
John C Daley wrote: I guess you need to build keeping on mind the locals.
Most of us think about thieves or dogs, not bears.
Is it possible to design and build in such a manner the bears cannot damage things.
Of course that means stronger and smarter design, no loose bins, heavier chook sheds.
Is it possible?
Anne Pratt wrote:This is exciting!
As you imagined, Vermonters are going to have a moment imagining your flat roof. A way to build almost as simply could be with a shed roof - simply higher on one side (ideally the south) and lower on the other. This increases your solar gain, insulates you further against the north, and solves some of the leaking/ice dam/load-bearing issues you'll encounter with a flat roof.
Have you looked at the building code in the town? Do it before you get too far along, so you don't do many hours of work only to face great disappointment.
Douglas Campbell wrote:I second the comment to go for a shed roof not a flat roof.
Also remember that rafters can form a cold bridge from the outside to the ceiling, causing condensation patches.
R Scott wrote:Living roofs are typically VERY expensive because you have to build them so strong to deal with the weight, but your house is small enough it might be possible for not a lot extra. I do know one guy that built a tiny house with a flat deck roof and then put a greenhouse on top as his second floor. But it was tiny, like garden shed tiny.
I really like your layout.