Monday 15 August 2011

Progress on the hill

Things are progressing on the hill, the contractors have been putting in the road and replacing a field drain which wasn't doing its job as the pipe wasn't big enough.  It has been replaced with a two foot pipe so there should be no problem with it dealing with the flow of water! 
The scraping of the top soil ready for the house and shed has begun this afternoon.  Because the site is of archaeological interest we had to have an archaeologist on site to supervise the initial scrape.  Thankfully there was nothing found or that would have delayed things even further.

We have been looking into Aga's today, we are hoping to manage without having to rely on oil so we wanted some advise on electric Aga's, the lady in the shop was very helpful and the plan is now no oil!  We plan on generating our own electricity and use a ground source heat pump for the underfloor heating.  It's getting rather exciting!!


Rosemary said...

I'm getting excited!! Must be great to see all the progress being made!

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

That's very exciting Debbie - GSHP should be well worth the probable extra bit of cost - and you can't really put a price on having your own supply. What aspect of the site is archaelogically interesting?

Jeff said...

Seems to be a MAJOR bit of construction going on there!

Unknown said...

No oil sounds like a very good plan Debbie...are you getting under floor heating in the barn too!

Shirley said...

It's all looking good Debbie. We had a look at a whole range of energy sources for a new build, GSHP, ASHP, solar etc but at our ages determined that the time required to recoup our outlay made it unattractive. All right for you youngsters though! Alpacas of Lewis have recently put in a GSHP system. Good luck with the build. Shirley & Robbie

Judi said...

Hi Debbie,
We have an electric Aga and we love it! My Black beauty...!
It is very economical to run, we reckon about £2/day. We use cheap electricity over-night, think you can do that in UK too, which saves money. It is much cleaner and the servicing is practically non-existant as there's little to go wrong! We had an iol-fired Rayburn before and it cost lots to service and maintain, wood range before that...lots of work and mess but probably cheapest and now wood pellets make them even easier! E mail me if you have anything specific as I'll fill your post with my enthusiasm for the electric Aga!