Mod House Design – Canning NS.4

With only 3 to 4 months to go before building starts, we’re beginning to feel a little pressure to get all our choices made and quotes in so we can finalize our budget.  I’ve completed the lighting plan, including budget, and received two thumbs up from both Michael and Architect Vincent. We’ve made our decisions on plumbing fixtures, built-ins, heat sources and the hot water system.  Architect Vincent has finalize our plans and now he will submit them to Al Stewart at Efficiency Nova Scotia (Efficiency Al) for his thoughts on heat loads and losses. We’ve decided on propane for domestic hot water, …

Mod House Design – Canning NS.3

We’ve felt like there’s a chorus of circus poodles dancing around in our heads as we tapdance our way through the options on how to heat and power our home. We would LOVE to be off-grid –  meaning our home would not be connected to any utilities and we would generate our own power and heat and not rely on municipal sewer and water. It turns out that living off-grid is VERY expensive.  But throwing oodles of money into a project will not guarantee a comfortable life-style in a fully autonomous home.  There are trade offs – many trade offs. We really want to keep things simple …

Mod House Design – Canning NS.1

The plan was to collect photos right from the start, but it’s easy to forget to snap pictures during initial meetings when there’s so much that’s new and exciting!  So, I’ll start with yesterday and backtrack just a little. The purpose of this blog is to document the planning, design and building of our perfect home. Those who are planning to build their own small footprint, small budget, super-insulated, energy-efficient home or are simply curious may enjoy following along. Yesterday, we had our third meeting with architect, Vincent denHartog, at our building lot.  The purpose: to look at exactly how and where our house …