Category Archives: The Land

Skating on the Pond

Unrelated to the house building project, we are monitoring the pond to see if the ice is ready to skate. The weather has been mild, so we need a few days of colder weather. No snow though, so we won’t … Continue reading

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Visit on the Weekend

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Reoccurring Theme

Things getting stuck: John took the boys to the property yesterday to learn how to do manly work like; fix a tractor, clear trees to make way for a driveway, get the car stuck in mud, figure out a way to get … Continue reading

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Staking House Location

 Yesterday, we met with the builder to stake out the location of the house. His name is Jonathan Good, of Good Construction and Manufacturing.  We want a position that is high enough on the small hill to enable a good view … Continue reading

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Finding True South

The house will be properly oriented in order to benefit from full exposure to the sun. The longer axis of our house (the house is a long rectangular building) will be situated so its west to east walls face due south … Continue reading

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Lay of the Land

Since the house we have in mind is passive solar, we needed land that has good southern exposure. After a long time of searching, we found an acreage of old farm land and mixed bush. It’s poor quality farm land, … Continue reading

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A House in a Sunny Field

Welcome to Year of the House. This blog follows the construction of an energy efficient home in a rural location near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This house is designed using energy saving concepts such as; Passive solar design (large south-facing glazing for solar gains and minimal east/north/west facing … Continue reading

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