considering buying an old house--heating/cooling questions
My husband and I are considering buying an old farm house. We can do basic home repairs on our own, but know that this project will be a learning experience for us as we will need to ask questions/get support in order to renovate most things this house will need. So we are trying to become educated about some of the basic things in order to help us make our decision. The house has a huge attic that we are wanting to turn into a rec room. We have heard horror stories about something called "ice dams" that can occur if an attic becomes too warm (I think). Is finishing this space (drywall, carpet, heat) even feasible in order to avoid this ice dam problem? Are there things we will need to do to make it possible? Secondly, we are afraid of being able to afford the heating costs (we are not sure even how much they will be)--currently forced air w/ propane. The house does have all new windows, but beyond that we don't know anything about the insulation, etc. Considering a corn burner, etc... Is there a way to estimate the costs? No one lives in there now. Any input would be appreciated.