Part III - Create a Comfortable Home and Enjoy the View.

design Jan 15, 2019
 

I've talked a bunch about incorporating a significant amount of windows on the south side of the home. So how do we design houses with a view on the north, east or west side?

We must consider that...

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Reflections During a Winter Storm

Uncategorized Jan 06, 2019

Today we have a beautiful winter storm! This kind of flurry comes with free refills. Boot, dog, and ski tracks are quickly filled up with fluffy white snow!

A few weeks ago I shared my reflections...

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Part II - Creating Spaces Heated by the Sun

design Dec 10, 2018
 

If you've read Part 1 of this series, Designing an Affordable Home, then you have likely been pondering some of the questions posed in the blog:

Have you been considering what spaces your home...
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Supplemental Blog - An Off-Grid Winter's Day

Uncategorized Dec 03, 2018
The weather outside was frightful - so the kids went skiing and Matt and I decorated the house for the holidays.
 
What is it really like living off the grid in the winter -especially...
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Part I - Designing an Affordable Home

design Nov 27, 2018

How do we design homes without mortgages and smaller utility bills? As you might imagine - this is a sizable question.

The first step is to start with the floor plan. The perception of what size of...

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Living in Abundance Rather than Lack

Uncategorized Nov 14, 2018

Moving into the season of gratitude reminds me of the many blessings I have received over the years of living and flourishing here at Twisted Oak, our self-sustaining home. This home works with...

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Passive Solar Heating & Cooling ~ Part IV

design Nov 01, 2018

The Following edited excerpt is a continuation of how I designed the interior of our passive solar, self-self-sustaining home. 

The kitchen would have new appliances, and I began to research...

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Passive Solar Heating & Cooling ~ Part II

design Nov 01, 2018
The following is an excerpt from Twisted Oak: A Journey to Create a Self-Sustaining Life and Home 
by Kristina Munroe
 
Since the road approached the house from the west, the logical...
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Passive Solar Heating & Cooling ~ Part III

design Nov 01, 2018

In the following excerpt, I continue to explain how I designed the interior of our passive solar, self-sustaining home. This layout fit my family’s lifestyle, but it is only one of many...

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Passive Solar Heating & Cooling ~ Part I

design Nov 01, 2018

“Form follows function — that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” 

~ Frank Lloyd Wright 

The following is an excerpt...
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