So somewhere along the way I mentioned the Texas power failure and our discussions surrounding it to my wife.
So as of this moment we are driving down to Charlottesville next Monday to pick up a gorgeous, white Jotul stand alone gas fireplace for the living room and we’re having the local propane guys out to sink a 120 gallon tank in the side yard I think some time this week. And then over the next 2 weeks we’ve got a local guy coming over to plumb the whole thing up so we have stunningly beautiful Norwegian gas heat in the living room, impervious to the wiles of electrical power failure.
But oh! It doesn’t stop there. Since my house sits on a hill, the north side of the basement is below ground. But the south side is marvelously ground level and sloping down away into town. So I’m rebuilding the basement, moving the finished north side to the unfinished south side leaving my lovely wife free to add big picture windows in the basement walls that look out over the town and the Alleghenies in the distance.
Oh, and since there’s a currently unused chimney on that side of the house we’re putting in another, more modest, yet to be determined gas fireplace there, too. In the vicinity of the majority of plumbing in the house. So in any case we can sit and watch winter go by in style, or accommodate wayward children who need a place to crash, or rent the space out to one of the numerous temporary assignment types that come and go with the wife’s work.
And should the power Armageddon ever strike the Valley and our all electric house, I can plug my 400 watt generator truck in to keep the lights (mostly LED these days due to other wife-driven improvements) and maybe internet and computers working until the Mounties find us.
Thanks guys. You’ve been a lot of help.