I don’t have good news about the house.
And yet I still want the house. Even Gary (aka Mr. Completely Sensible) wasn’t swayed. At what point is too much, just too much? Obviously I don’t know.
There was another house years ago that we almost bought. Similar in size, although it was well insulated and had a newer furnace. We passed it up and later found out that the new owners paid over $5000 for fuel their first winter. And I might add, this was several years ago, well before the current insane oil prices.
Oh, I forgot to mention that the barn is heated with propane, so that makes three separate units. Ugh. In order to make this work we would need to convert the entire house to HHBB or find an alternative and convert to that. Donald thought the conversion wasn’t impossible, but not easily doable either. I think maybe he just doesn’t want to do it because it will be such a huge job, which means we need to get Super Duper Expensive Co. out for an estimate. What is wrong with us?!?!
The other part of my dilemma is that I hoped to live in the house for a year before actually making any major changes. I would like to get the feel for the house and see how we use it before committing to something that won't work well, but with the heating situation we would need to take care of that right away, which would mean knowing the layout right away.
Perhaps I should be focusing my attention on the lottery to increase my odds of success in getting a bigger house.