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Generally we only keep 1/2day-1 days worth of wood inside the house. Sometimes as much as 2 days worth if the weather is especially nasty and we don't want to be going in and out as much as usual. I'm concerned about bugs, so I would not want the whole woodpile inside my house.
I would concentrate on being warm and having food in my stomach. In my case, we have a few years of firewood already to go, but if I didn't, I'd buy 2 or 3 cords. That would be around $500. I'd spend the other half on food, right now I'd stock up on fresh locally grown foods that could be preserved somehow, potatoes, winter squash, etc for storage, and apples, other fruits for canning and freezing. I'd make sure to save some money to buy seeds and other gardening...
You've gotten some great ideas! My fridge is also in a corner and the door doesn't open enough to get the bottom drawers out for cleaning. This is frustrating. Other than that, my kitchen is fairly new, and someone else designed it and it works well for us. If I were going to design a kitchen from scratch, I would go easy on the cabinets. Especially upper cabinets. I like lots of windows above the counters so I can look outside while I wash dishes or chop...
We had a 2002 legacy. My first and only brand new car. We planned to pay it off and drive it forever, but forever didn't last long enough. It always had head gasket problems and kept getting fixed. I wish I'd gotten rid of it sooner, but I didn't know how serious it would get. The dealer "fixed" it numerous times, but last winter, at 6 years old the engine blew and we had to replace it. I went to a subaru dealer because we found one that would give us a good...
I would say look at 2 bedroom houses and choose one that can easily be made into a 3 bedroom at some point. Pay for a 2 bedroom, and sell a 3 bedroom when you move. My kids are 7 and 11, it happens sooner than you think. And they will want privacy from opposite sex siblings eventually.
Quote: Originally Posted by changingseasons First of all - :. This absolutely is the house for me and my family, and we ARE going to be living there. I haven't made any decisions yet, and don't plan to immediately. I'm not just going to send in the troops to chop things down before I even move in. I'm just thinking out loud here and asking for opinions. Also- I'm curious where you get the thousands of dollars price? My realtor just arranged for...
Honestly, I think you should live there for a year or more before you make any major decisions about the tree. When we moved into this house I had an idea that areas were not actually as shaded/sunny as they were. It took a while to actually see what happens throughout the year with the sun/shade. In the meantime, either build a small bed out front for veggies, buy a csa share, or start a container garden. Then, the way I see it, these are your choices: 1~tear...
We built three raised beds last spring and two last fall that are lasagna method beds. All are framed with untreated 2x12's. I had more success with these gardens last year than I expected. I did learn some lessons along the way. ~don't put peat moss as the top layer ~the best top layer that I've found so far is rotted woodchips. I got them from a dear friend who had them for his commercial blueberry patch, he'd used what he wanted and let me clean up the...
I have cellular shades that came with the house and I like them. I think they are more insulating than wood would be. I haven't cleaned them yet, and haven't noticed that they look dirty. I only put them down on nights in the winter to keep the heat in. I think wood would be much easier to clean, if you are concerned about allergies, I think wood would be better. I do like my cellular shades, though. They do have a cord , but once they are up, you barely see that...
You know, if you wanted to, it looks like you could extend the wall there to the left of the oven, and add some cabinets there.
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