Holly Magnani

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Displaced country girl looking for land in SE Ohio.
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I see all these posts about risers and those ratios but my biggest question is how tall it too tall for a chimney/exhaust stack?

Id like to put one of these in the middle of my basement but I'd either have to send the exhaust all the way up through the first floor and then the attic, which would be about 20' total... or send it out the side of my house almost horizontal. I don't see too much in Ernie and Erica's book about this. Seems like the assumption is that the RMH is built along an outside wall.

Thoughts?
8 months ago
This was my idea as well for the small woodburning stove I had planned on putting in the earthbag greenhouse that I never built. My thought was to build a cob cove for it and slide it in there. The greenhouse was never built due to a long drawn out reason.  Otherwise, the WBS is still in the garage being used as a shelf.
1 year ago
This wouldn't be a quick solution but it would be an amazing experience and the end result would be gorgeous: a tadelakt

You could make it any size and shape and then waterproof finish it.

https://tadelakt.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadelakt
1 year ago

Alicia Reed In fact, I have encountered a real live warranty note on something that said, "Warranty void in the event of shark bite, bear attack, and children under the age of 5." 😅🤣 [/quote wrote:
When I worked in a camera store, I think the labels for Pelican brand camera cases said something like that! It's so true: toddlers can break anything.

I work in a garage for a major privately owned nursery in my city where we fix all the trucks and heavy equipment, hand tools and mechanized hand stuff like blowers and bricksaws, etc. I swear they crews are just giant toddlers..... I say that with love, though.

1 year ago

Mart Hale wrote:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintsugi


Japan has been doing this for some time...



I tried to do a kintsugi photoshoot on the gigantic scars on my stomach from my four surgeries. Didn't turn out the way I wanted it to but it was a process of convincing myself that just because my formerly flat flawless abs now look like a roadmap, I am still beautiful.
1 year ago
Hello fellow Ohioan! I am also looking for land on which to build but I am thinking SE instead. We know that we want to go with a naturally built home using passive solar, grey water, etc. We've been in the discussion stage for a bit while also looking around in the areas that we are interested in. We've settled on Washington County, Marietta area.

When I bought my house, my realtor told me to make a list of the must-have in order of importance with the stuff at the bottom being the stuff more easily compromised on. I did that with the land I want to have. Ideally it has a natural water source, a pond of able to dig one, no above ground gas pipes, no electrical lines running through it. Some flat area would be grand, but we can flatten if need be, multiple points of egress, not near an airport or railroad. And with all that, reasonably close to civilization should medical care be needed and or a Target run. (wha??? <pearl clutch>) Then there was the price point. We didn't want to be land rich and cash poor because we still would have a house to build. So far, everyone seems to think they are sitting on goldmines so the process has been slow. We also have to consider the school district as I have school-aged kiddos.

From there, we've talked endlessly about what kind of house we want to build. Are we talking strictly cob, earthbag, rammed earth, strawbale.... passively solar heated with RMHs as well? I have sketches and drawings, a Pinterest board as a lookbook for the house as well as one for the dream of what I want the land to do for me after I'm living on it. I'd like the land to make revenue and self-sustaining in more than one way.

This is where we are at the moment. Lots yet to do. We are hoping to find something in the next year or so. Probably end up in the Marietta area in a rental home until we find what we want. Maybe being in the community and connecting there will help us find that ideal parcel.
1 year ago

John F Dean wrote: Most terrifying was the night we were visited by a bear.  Where does a bear piss? …..anywhere it wants to.  It chose the side of our tent. I and my sleeping bag were soaking wet.



That sounds terrifying with a horribly unpleasant after effect.

One of the first thoughts that was floated was a pole barn that would turn into the workshop after the house was built. We did some pricing and it seems like a pole barn would end up being about the same price as the house, all said and done. It was a bit disheartening to see that the prices for everything are sky-high. It makes wanting to live simply and frugally an expensive endeavor.
1 year ago
Hi,
I have seen around on here that there is an RMH heating a tipi or canvas tent up in Montana and that it keeps the occupants warm even during a Montana winter.

The plan here is to acquire land and build our house naturally but we'd like to be able to stay on site while we are building and I suggested something like a higher end glamping tent with amenities that could then be rented out to tourists or weary travelers once we are finished with our home.

Since I haven't been to Wheaton Labs in person, I'd like to know more about this set up, what sort of insulation requirements it might have, amenities it has, toileting issues, bathing issues, etc, since we'd be living in it until construction is complete. I have to house: me, him, a 13 y/o boy and a 7 y/o girl, 1 dog with boundary issues and 4 cats of variable intelligences.

I am located in Ohio and looking for land in SE Ohio where we still do have 4 separate seasons, sometimes all in the same day, and whereas the snowfall in SE Ohio can be scarce due to temps, we do get rain, cold nights, wind, etc that make us need to have 4 season environmental controls. Lots of ice, mud, iced mud, some snow, random sunny days and the like.

We are deep in the planning stages. What kind of land, what does it need to have, what can we work around, how far out in the boonies, what's the nearby schools like, is civilized life stuff within a reasonable (< 1 hour) distance, what kind of house are we building (rammed earth, earthship, cob, earthbag, etc) and alllll that. Within all that I am thinking about housing while we build. Right now, we live 1.5 hours from the desired area and that's too long of a commute for me. I'd like to be on-site while I live/build and not have to commute. (I used to produce out in Los Angeles and these types of things make me put on my producer's hat and get happy.)

I am interested in that set up and all that it entails. What could have been better. What went well, what went wrong, etc.
Thank you in advance.
1 year ago
I few years ago, I wrote a book rather abruptly...if one can actually do that. It does need to be rewritten but it draws money every month. I have it on Amazon and a few other places.  This book tends to make more money around the holidays. I don't promote it at all. I probably should. I get paid two months in arrears so this month (Jan), I will get November's royalties. See attachment. It continues to make money because I leave it up there. If I take it down, it won't. :-)

https://www.amazon.com/How-Not-Be-Asshole-century/dp/0692707298/ref=sr_1_1?crid=XRMIBSL6S0BH&keywords=how+not+to+be+an+asshole&qid=1674680648&sprefix=how+not+to+be+an+asshole%2Caps%2C89&sr=8-1

1 year ago
I few years ago, I wrote a book rather abruptly...if one can actually do that. It does need to be rewritten but it draws money every month. I have it on Amazon and a few other places.  This book tends to make more money around the holidays. I don't promote it at all. I probably should. I get paid two months in arrears so this month (Jan), I will get November's royalties. See attachment. It continues to make money because I leave it up there. If I take it down, it won't. :-)

https://www.amazon.com/How-Not-Be-Asshole-century/dp/0692707298/ref=sr_1_1?crid=XRMIBSL6S0BH&keywords=how+not+to+be+an+asshole&qid=1674680648&sprefix=how+not+to+be+an+asshole%2Caps%2C89&sr=8-1



1 year ago