House Prices, a Yummy Meal, and Green Building
It was an absolutely gorgeous day here today. Unfortunately we spent most of it inside the house in a state of mad panic, trying to clean up our construction mess before the bank’s property assessment guy came buy to have a look around and figure out what our house is worth. We’re starting to worry that we’re not going to be able to get enough for our house to make this property purchase happen smoothly. The house that’s for sale nearby that we were basing our estimates on (it’s the same size and age as ours) just lowered its asking price, so that’s not really filling us with confidence. It’s still in the ballpark of what we were figuring on, but it’s starting to make us sweat a bit.
To take our minds off things, we went outside in the afternoon to start clearing out the flower beds and enjoy the sunshine. The fruit trees are all flowering or are just about to, the violets have started blooming, and things are starting to leaf out and green up. Spring is in the air.
To help soothe our stressed-out souls, I made comfort food for dinner. This recipe for Mac N’ Cheese is a fairly recent addition to our mealtime repertoire, and it’s a good one. It’s easy to throw together and gives you time to relax before dinner while it’s in the oven.
We’re going to the property tomorrow morning to meet with the septic engineer to try and get an idea of what it will cost to have one installed. I’m seriously considering composting toilets and a grey water system instead, but my husband is worried about resale value (to which I say, why would we ever sell our dream home??). Anyone out there using composting toilets? I’d love to hear from someone with experience in this area. We’re looking at the Envirolet low water remote system because it looks good and is Canadian made. I’ve heard a few negative things about them lately though, like people finding that they don’t compost properly, so dual-flush toilets and water conservation may be the route we end up taking
Another consideration is the cost of running utilities to the house versus putting in alternative energy systems (I’m thinking about a combination of solar and wind power with either a geothermal or air source heat pump for heating). There’s certainly a lot of research to do, so please feel free to share any insight you might have!