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Old 12-16-2015, 10:28 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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In most contexts I do not believe in luck. Good things do randomly happen as do bad things. If enough people buy lottery tickets, one of them will 'win', but I am not convinced that makes them 'lucky'. A person is likely to buy a lot of losing lottery tickets, before they buy a winning ticket. That 'luck' came after a lot of failure.



Before we bought this land, we designed this house to be fairly efficient, with the intention of one day being powered by Solar-Power and heated by Solar-Thermal.

I have been told that I am 'lucky' for having solar-power.

I guess that after we finish the solar-thermal, we will be 'lucky' for being net-zero. Though it took us 10 years to finish.



In our town, most homes face the road. Our town's one road follows a river, it changes direction every mile or so, and is never oriented East-West, so houses built to face the road never face South.

A few homes are set back away from the road and these homes are more commonly oriented to the sun.

Are homeowners who decided to face the road 'unlucky'? While the homeowners who decided to face the Sun 'lucky'?




We produce most of our food. As we do this we have observed how our grocery shopping has declined. We only buy things that we do not produce. We had conversation yesterday about how to further close this gap. How to bring our food consumption more in line with our food production. It has taken a while, but we are having more successes. I try a lot of things every year that fail. In my mind, I see a lot of failures. Someone else looking at our setup might only see the successes. I have been told many times that I am 'lucky' with our garden. From my perspective it takes a lot of failures to make that luck.



We do have a lot of South-facing windows [that can be used for growing], we also have North and East windows. We live in dense forest and we like having a view of the forest around us.

I think that my 'luck' in having windows, has been that I included windows in our home design.

I didn't intend to initiate a philosophical discussion about "Luck" vs "poor decisions."

Not everyone can build or choose their ideal home.

In New England we want our houses to face south for obvious reasons, in a word: winter.

We value those bits of warm sunlight that come slanting in for a few hours on those cold winter days. But most of us make do with what we can afford when it comes to houses.

For example, I'm just renting now and will be moving elsewhere. My one south facing window is in the bathroom next to the toilet! I'm not growing edible herbs next to the toilet, I'm growing a maranta there just because it needs a place to live. It lives on the back of the toilet.

The only window I currently have that is suitable for herbs is the east facing kitchen window. It's small but my parsley plant is big and is thriving there. I think a kitchen window is a perfect place to grow herbs because while you are cooking--snip-snip-snip--and there are your herbs for your meal. Convenient.
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Old 12-16-2015, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Maybe it isn't luck, but not everyone has the good fortune to have so much choice in the place that they live.

That said, I do agree with you that it is sad that so few builders consider orientation when they select a house design for a lot. When I was looking to buy a house, I saw several with huge north-facing windows, or no windows at all on the south side of the house. The house I settled on was not 100% ideal, but had no windows on the north side and at least one large window on the south and is situated perfectly for a nice, big south-facing veggie garden and fruit tree patch. Sometimes compromises are necessary.
Developers do not care. Builders do not care. Sadly most buyers do not care.

Those few who do care, buy something different. Maybe that is 'luck' too.
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Old 12-16-2015, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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In New England we want our houses to face south for obvious reasons, in a word: winter.

We value those bits of warm sunlight that come slanting in for a few hours on those cold winter days. But most of us make do with what we can afford when it comes to houses.
I agree.

We should all want houses to face South. Yet it seems that only a small portion of home-owners build homes that face South. At least that is how homes are here in Maine.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:21 AM
 
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I agree.

We should all want houses to face South. Yet it seems that only a small portion of home-owners build homes that face South. At least that is how homes are here in Maine.
Houses all do not need to face south depending on how you utilize them. We chose our lot which faces north but this gives us great south facing in the back which is where the kitchen & the family room are and upstairs where the master bedroom is. In the breakfast area we have a "V" shape sticking out which gives us both east & west facing windows. I built a bench by the windows and there are where my indoor plants sit happily. I have hydrangeas cuttings growing there with big green leaves waiting for next spring to go outside. On the other window I have a Kaffir Lime tree in a pot that my wife use its leaves in some of her cooking.

But don't let not having a south facing window stop you from having indoor plants. I have grow mint and green onions, & house plants successfully with a north-facing window in winter (get the least amount of sun). You'll just need to find plants that do not required as much sun.
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