Making Light, Water, & Fire!

pendants and fan

The ceiling fan matches our floor!

pendant lights

We have lightttt!  And water.  And fire 🙂   What’s left?  Lots of trim, siding, and touch-ups!  And getting our furniture and other decor.  Our fridge and couch are on the way; yes, we’ll have an adorable little loveseat!

Interested in the technical details of our utilities?  See below.

Light.  We have an electrical panel consisting of two 15 amp GFI breakers.  When we’re ready to move in, we will simply wire into the electrical panel of our host house using a heavy-duty cord to get electricity.  Along with the ceiling fan and groovy blue pendant lights, we have a track light under the loft, sconces in the bedroom, undercabinet lights, and of course bathroom lighting.  No dark corners here!

Water.  Our water pipes are within the interior of the house rather than inside the exterior walls as is customary.  We did this to minimize the chance of frozen pipes and to keep our insulation as intact and efficient as possible.  The downside is that we now have to hide the ugly water pipes!  At least our utility  closet and vanity cabinet keeps most of the plumbing out of sight.

Fresh water comes from a garden hose which we can attach to the side of the house.  Waste water (grey water) from the sinks and shower flow out through a single pipe under the trailer.  We plan to create an artificial wetland to responsibly dispose of grey water and will scrutinize what goes down the drains.  It might be extra work to manage water like this, but it’s part of our goal of living conscientiously.  We don’t need toilet plumbing as we will use a composting toilet – more on that later ^_^

Fire.  When we started our fireplace for the first time, it warmed the whole house despite having the windows open.  I can’t wait to curl up on the couch in front of the flickering flames!  flameThe fireplace has a remote so we can adjust the temperature even when we’re in the loft.

Like the fireplace, our water heater is propane-fueled and utilizes external air for combustion.  We originally had a less expensive water heater but ultimately bought a safer, more reliable, and more powerful direct-vented model (Rinnai v65i).  This unit fits in our utility closet and provides hot water on demand.





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