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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 3/2/2019 3:28:41 PM

The first winter in the house is going well.  Propane use, which includes hot water, the fireplaces, cooking and heating for the 7200 sq.ft is running around 150 gallons/month.  To me,that is a very reasoable, infact a very low amount, but at $2.30/gal, a significant monthly expense. Sure wish we had nat gas.


The solar gain is working very well on the main and upper stories.  It provides all the heating needs from about 10:00 am throughout the rest of the day when the sun is out.  Fortunately this is more the norm.  There is unfortunately no gain on the second floor as we extended the upper deck by two feet in width during construction.  While I knew this would shade the windows below, it was still the correct thing to do.

We’ve had several renters now and they are all amazed at the finishes, the “warmth” of them and the location next to the slope and views.  For us, we’re not sure about having people below us, which we can still hear to some extent.  I guess it’s easier for younger folks. We had to install a temporary wall across the stairwell using Lexan panels while waiting for the glass wall to arrive. I assume that noise will be cut further when the glass is installed as we ordered laminated for sound reduction.

We’ve gotten lighting installed for the stone walkway, lighing inside the china cabinets and for the open shelving in the kitchen.  Used LED strip lights throughout.  I would highly recommend them to anyone.  For the walkway, I used aluminum extrusions made for the purpose with translucent covers.  They hide the LEDs and diffuse the lighting nicely.  I need to put them on a timer though as renters either don’t know they are there and that they can switch them on, or they do and never switch them off and they run 24/7.  I saw a timer when I was organizing the garage.  Just need to remember where I put it.

I’m slowly organizing the garage.  Wish it would go quicker, but it’s better than before.  The lift has been really handy and has gotten a good amount of use, the latest of which was replacing the O2 sensors on the old Tahoe.  It was a job that cost $110 in parts and would have been between $500-1000 for a garage to do it.  A few more of jobs like that and it’ll have paid for itself, not to mention I’ve become a great friend for some of the local folks! Lol!

Spring appears to be very much on the horizon.  And while I have spent the entire winter skiing almost every other day, as the temps warm up and mud ensues everywhere, we’re looking forward to the change in seasons and getting outdoors doing warm weather things.  But we can get snow well over March and April and even into May, so we’ll just roll with whatever Mother Nature sends us.


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