This is Keith again. Yes I know that this is going to be a large home. I do assure you that I know that one small windmill or solar panel is going to support the electrical demands of such a home. I was planing on using a combination of both systems and alot of them. Not big and menicing but enough. Please rememeber that we are dealing with 160 acres to play with so ruining the view will be very hard to do. Yes propane and natural gas is going to be a big part of my life. But then that is way my friend sent me those links to the sites for do it yourself books. I do plan to the main ones installed but building extras does not sound bad. The reason why I asked for my log family to look the links is to see if it is legit. There are alot out there.
In response, Wolf and subzero have both natural gas and electric stoves and ranges. Natural gas helps with the water heater and radiant heating though that can get real expensive real fast. I am working on that too. A/C is going to be problem but then, when is a/c not a problem for any house? I also have fireplaces and plenty of wood to burn. I believe in having redundant systems to be in place for when things go wrong. I have never live in snow country so this going to be a challeging adventure. I know I have bitten off alot for myself but then that the fun of it all. This has been my dream since the very first one I saw when I was camping around Lake Tahoe Ca. as a child. There something so majestic and homey about a log home. It is the kind of home you want to come home to, for the family to gather. So if I have to clear ground, build solar panels and windmills, dig wells...etc, then that is what I will do. I am in many ways, a dyi' er just I do not have all the information to feel all secure about it. I feel secure enough to do this but still learning. I again encourge all again to go to the first blog, click the link and see if this guys is blowing smoke in the air. Yes, I know that it my choice what to do. But this is one time when too many cooks is not going to spoil the soup. That the advice is coming people who have gone before me, is icing on the cake.