My old house might not be much to look at, but it surely wins in its charm and coziness.
I’m nestled right along a riverbank that leads into a peaceful wildlife reserve.
The house, just over 1200 square feet with only two bedrooms and one bathroom, was painted green to virtually disappear into the landscape around it. But, once you step inside, you are transported to another world that is full of old hardcover books, a crackling fireplace, the smell of fresh bread in the oven, and a visual scheme frozen in time from a bygone era several decades ago. Nothing save for the kitchen appliances could indicate being in the present time, and without them it might seem like a portal altogether. Even though it’s amazing feeling as if I live in a hobbit’s home in the Shire, I ironically struggle with many of the outdated features when it comes to basic survival. Right now my central heating and cooling system is barely working at all. The furnace is fried, leaving me to keep the house warm with just the fireplace and a spare space heater for the bedroom. The air conditioner is 20 years old and seeming like it’s soon to be on its way out as well. Since I don’t want to wait until the last minute when it breaks down after a few weeks of use come late spring, I’m going to consult with an HVAC specialist to find the right system for my old home. I want something comparable to what is installed currently, but with upgraded energy efficiency. Having stronger air and heat would be great as well.