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Urban Rusticity

December 12, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve last blogged, and the reason for it is that I’ve had to do some shifting of my thinking. No more is the dream of moving to the country a current possibility. Again it is a long term – hopefully a 5 to 10 year – plan.

So. Urban rusticity. I have my eye on a house that could fit my budget and my needs. It’s on a gravel road between Wygant and Going, a larger lot for the city; not much house but a two car garage and a fountain in the backyard. Space for the pizza oven and hot tub I want to build. Space for a wood shop. Space for water catchment, gardens, solar, outbuildings…

The deal is that the remodel was started but never finished. Perfect! It needs flooring, so I can put in radiant heat. Some drywall work isn’t a big deal. No gas line to the house – that’s a bummer. But I could put in a wood-burning stove, and possibly run the chimney through the garage for heat out there.  Between the floors and the stove it should be plenty warm.

It will be interesting to see how much I can minimize my utility bills. Bet Thoreau didn’t have to worry about that!

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