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Cori, glad I might help. It might work. If you’re in a very rainy, snowy space, I’d advise a conventional roof with lots and many insulation. The berming on the sides would help tremendously. Years ago my children and I lived in a basement condo that was bermed on two sides. Our heating and cooling payments had been 1/3 the costs they had been in a home of comparable size and no insulation. Good luck to you, and thanks for taking time to read and comment.
You might be very lucky to have land on which to put a pole barn. Our half acre has no such place, nor a place to plant a garden, which we might love to have. The vendor of our house has provided to sell us the lot next door, but he wants too much for a bit of hillside dust. He has abandoned it to change into a jungle and even his bushes are falling down from storms. It would additionally value too much to rehabilitate it.
If your house is designed with an open ground plan, you may not need a traditional air distribution system for heating, and cooling. Think about radiant heating, since you will probably have a concrete flooring anyway. You can run cool water via the piping for cooling in the summertime, however for those who do, you will want a dehumidifier, and ceiling followers to keep away from temperature stratification. You may get the cool water from a well, if it has enough capability, or a chiller. In case you have a chiller, it may possibly additionally power the dehumidifier.
HISTORY QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Name one of many Indian tribes who fought in the French and Indian war. Answer: In the struggle between France and England for control of North America (1754-sixty three), most, however not all, Indians fought on the French facet. They included the Abnaki of Maine, the Delaware and Shawnee of Pennsylvania, and the Potawatomi and Ottawa of Michigan and Wisconsin. The English relied on the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.