My wife and I will be building a new home in the near future. As with most people who want to build a home, the list of "necessities" and the list of realities often vary. What I would like feed back on is what people think of our plan based on their previous experiences and areas of expertise.
We would like to design this house using insulated concrete forms. This seems to be an efficient building method that results in a strong, tight structure that is efficient in retaining heat. The house will be designed around an attached greenhouse and have a passive solar flavor. If possible we would like to use a direct exchange geothermal system with radiant floor heating (including the greenhouse) with either a wood stove or a masonry heater for supplemental heating. We would like to power this house with PV solar panels. With construction expected to start within two years, we hope to have enough time to achieve something close to our dream of being as close to off the grid as possible. The house will be located in Bucks Co. PA. Am I dreaming or can all these things be worked into a realistic design?