thomas rubino wrote:Oh My Goodness Rudyard;
That is a very very cool old building! I like It!
And it looks absolutely nothing like I had envisioned from your text!
Heather Staas wrote:Amazing. I love seeing properties from areas of the world with such a long and rich archectural history, as well as seeing them persist into "now" times and preserved. That yard looks pretty special too. I have no advice whatsoever, but thank you for posting this and sharing it here. I hope you keep this thread updated (or new threads) as you go.
If you choose your spot carefully, if the basement floor is solid, you may be able to build pillars to support a main floor RMH. You'd absolutely need to insulate the floor between the wood and the RMH.
Rudyard Blake wrote:I so want to build a rocket mass heater but sort of gave up on the idea because of the wooden floors and lath-and-plaster construction of the walls. Wouldn't the cob be super dense and heavy? Wouldn't there be a fire risk building it on top of a wooden floor?
Jay Angler wrote:you may be able to build pillars to support a main floor RMH. You'd absolutely need to insulate the floor between the wood and the RMH.
What's the square footage? How much square footage do you actually need?
Generally health departments discourage farm animals near/in houses because flies spread nasty things and are pretty good at sneaking into kitchens etc.
thomas rubino wrote:Hi Rudyard;
No RMHs do not need to be cob.
Kate Downham wrote:
For water, do you have any slope that you could work with? You could get a DC solar pump, and then when the sun is shining it would pump from the well up to a storage pond or tank, and then gravity feed to the house.
How cold does it get in winter there? You might be able to get away with just an Aga or something similar for cooking and heat, this would mean there's one or two rooms of the house that are warmer than others, so you might need something extra if your winters are extremely cold, but it works fine here in Tasmania.