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Old 04-20-2011, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Manchester Center, VT
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Efficiency Vermont has information and a search feature to find contractors who do audits...there are lots of tax credits available for all kinds of stuff as well, and most of them are valid whether you build new or upgrade existing...lots of info out there, it can make you a bit crazy.

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The energy audit cost me $400. The insulation of my basement and attic area was somewhat expensive but I received a check from Efficiency Vermont for about one third of the cost. If you are planning to stay in your home for more than a few years it's a really great deal.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:14 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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If you've already got a nice piece of land, I'd try to build something...

I'd build my own cabin myself, but that doesn't sound like an option with you since your husband had that heart attack (getting away from stress is a really good idea to prevent another...). Build small with the ability to expand built into the design (i.e., cut some windows in the wall where the doors will be for the addition, to simplify things later...). A loft for storage space at least will make for more living space downstairs too.
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Quickdraw - you are right! I think we can live in a lot smaller than we think we can. I'm going to have to check out some small floorplans and see. We have to have a couple of spare bedrooms though - for family....ok, well, I guess we don't have to but I think one of our parents may come to live with us along with a possible sibling. The issue comes into having everything on one level....that's what will kill us. I don't know how to convince my husband to have the bedroom upstairs....but - if it's a deal breaker - it may come down to that. However, for the possibility of someone else living with us....hmmmm....I just don't know. But you know what...maybe we should just deal with that when it happens rather than plan for it - and then it winds up not happening.

Good ideas and thoughts all.....
overnight guests are a very legitimate concern. now we can only have one couple. this has been a minor inconvenience for us twice in 7 years.

speaking of stress - the harsh winters here have provided us with stress we weren't counting on. our uphill driveway is a constant concern, and we've been stuck in the middle many times. we also don't have a garage
and the walk downhill to our cars is very slippery and nerve-wracking during icy periods. A flat driveway and an attatched garage would be wonderful, but it's not happening.

keeping snow off your roof up here is crucial too and I find myself on a ladder pulling snow off much more than I'd like. the first year that I didn't
do this, we had so much ice on our roof that it slid off and pulled a pipe out of our roof, leaving us with a hole in the roof.
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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A snow rake with extra long handle is a nice thing to have, as is a one story house. A steep metal roof encourages snow to slide off too...
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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A snow rake with extra long handle is a nice thing to have, as is a one story house. A steep metal roof encourages snow to slide off too...
I have a steep metal roof. With some of the winters we've had lately, you have to get the snow off long before it slides off. You especially don't want a partial melt with a lot of ice on the base to be followed by a foot of new stuff.
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:10 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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I have a steep metal roof. With some of the winters we've had lately, you have to get the snow off long before it slides off. You especially don't want a partial melt with a lot of ice on the base to be followed by a foot of new stuff.
Yeah it doesn't end the problem, but I'd hate to have a flat roof up here...
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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start making your list of demands! metal roof with a steep pitch and attached garage
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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LOL! You got it Joe Moving! You all are giving me lots and lots of ideas....room for expansion if necessary....never thought about that! Steep metal roof! Attached garage!!
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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LOL! You got it Joe Moving! You all are giving me lots and lots of ideas....room for expansion if necessary....never thought about that! Steep metal roof! Attached garage!!
If you want to add several years to your life by eliminating worry-get a generator. If you can afford it - get one that goes on automatically when the electricity goes off.

Freezing bursting pipes..well problems...obviously a freezing house.

I don't have one. I'm playing with fire.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:06 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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A woodstove is a very nice thing to have up here...
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