... I thought, should I do the same with our house? Try imagining what the rooms would look like?
But I feel like I... can't, really.
As much as I spend, probably, a third of each day thinking about "our house" and the things we'd do to it once we get it (which, by the way, is still moving along but slowly - yesterday I finally managed to apply for a LIM report from the council and next week a builder will come to inspect it top to bottom, so hopefully around 25th of January we'll actually be buying the thing), unlike Sherry and John of Younghouselove, the things I am thinking about are very different.
I think about weather tightness, and thermal mass.
The house is made of brick, so in terms of "storing" heat it will be better than wooden houses - what they call "weatherboard" around here, and are notoriously leaky unless they've been well insulated recently - but I still wonder about replacing windows, whether the walls would need insulating on the inside and how much difference it would actually make, about sun's path around the house and where should we house our children (given that the weather - if it does - usually clears about midday their windows should be facing North, but that puts their rooms away from the log burner which is in the back of the building).
I think about positive pressure ventilation and heat transfer systems. I know for sure that one of the first things we'll do to the house is installing ventilation and heat transfer: there will be a fan in the roof cavity that will take air from underneath the roof and "push" it into all rooms through a ceiling vent we'll install in each room, thereby making the rooms drier, windows less leaky (air pressure inside the house will be bigger than outside, so the air will always be "pushing" to the outside through gaps around windows) and the house easier to heat due to less humidity. Part of it will also "transfer" heat from around the log burner into bedrooms so the temperature will be more even in the house.
Given that modern systems are quite elaborate in terms of their software - they'll change the speed of ventilation depending on what the outside humidity is, what the air temperature is (if it's cold outside, they'll take in minimal amounts of air to not make the house colder than it needs to be, but when it's warm they'll increases the fan speed to "draw in" as much warmth as they can etc) - they're actually quite expensive to install. I mean, several thousand dollars kind of expensive.
However, the thing I am still wondering about is, will I want to invest in an extra solar "panel" that will be attached to ventilation, the likes of Solar Pro? (They have a gallery on their website if you're interested.) I haven't got enough technical information about the product to know if it's actually worth it but seeing the Southland weather I am not convinced that standard ventilation is the way forward...
I think about insulation. I wonder what the quality of the house's current insulation is, and if we decide to top it up (which we probably will), whether to do it ourselves or hire it out.
I think about lawnmowers -we'll have to buy one. Corded electric or petrol powered?
I think about decent thermal curtains and whether it'll be worth it sewing them myself.
Basically, an inspiration board the likes of Younghouselove is not even on the radar at the moment. I honestly have not thought about what I'd do with the rooms in terms of decoration and design.
I haven't even decided who will go in what room yet!
In addition to the fact that we haven't even bought the house yet :D
But if I had to - if someone told me that I absolutely had to sit down and "dream" about the things we'd do in the house - I'd probably do this.
Wow, that was actually really therapeutic!