[LMB] 2014 NASFIC and weather
aruvqan at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 01:22:27 BST 2011
I have actually found a house plan that I like, without having to
essentially redesign the whole blasted thing ... suited more or less for the
Fresno CA area.
It is a bit fabulous 50s, but is very wheelchairable [ I would switch sides
in the master suite, and move the sink to where the little vanity is under
the window so it gives me room for the chair so I can transfer to the
toilet] though we would need to work with the architect to add some sort of
pergola/overhang around the whole thing to shelter the windows, and a
pergola around the pool for shade, and an outdoor kitchen [well actually a
recreation of a Mennonite hearth from Winston Salem area]
I was thinking that the IKEA sort of scandanavian stripped down modern would
be a great look for the place. We would change the hobby space into a prep
kitchen and just do the actual cooking in the tiny central kitchen. No
carpets, all bamboo flooring throughout, and a tile roof and cement walls
instead of stick built. Not that Kerman has forest fire issues, we just like
the look and durability of the style.
On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 4:23 AM, A. Marina Fournier <saffronrose at me.com>wrote:
> On Sep 19, 2011, at 10:18 AM, quietann wrote:
> > The best houses for weather like that are thick-walled adobes, but few
> > exist anymore.
> Double or triple-paned windows, with insulating layers between them, are
> very good for insulation. I'm told straw-bale houses are very like adobe
> houses for insulation. A good roof with good insulation helps reduce energy
> costs--allegedly foam roofs are good for that. If the fire danger and the
> water situation in your area permits, having deciduous trees shading the
> house are cooling in summer, and when bare in winter, permit more solar
> energy to reach the house. Many trees, once established need occasional deep
> watering only.
> A. Marina Fournier
> SaffronRose at me.com
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