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8eardad
Having just bought a shallow but wide plot these houses are a real inspiration.
   
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Nguyen Loan

How can some one help me to improve this plan??? I want to move kitchen to the front of house and then living room + dinner. the lot of land is 15mx5m.


   
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Craig

I know that a square is the most energy efficient shape for a house in cold climates, but how would a moderately well sealed and insulated house work with an open floor plan? I'd like to build a 22' by 68' house in Northern Michigan because the light and the views are really important to us... but not if it will be ridiculously cold and ridiculously more expensive to heat.

Does anyone have experience in a long house during very cold weather? Do you notice it losing more heat and being harder/more expensive to heat, or is it mostly a "theoretical thing?" People say buy the most insulation you can afford, but practically, what do you have in your house?

People say, compact shape is the best, but then I see pictures and articles about narrow houses and I don't know if they are practically fine, just not Passive House standard... or if the people living there are enjoying their beautiful, albeit freezing house... or if they just spend hundreds every month in heating costs. I'd love to hear practical stories, especially from anyone with personal experiences to share.

   

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