Converting from oil heat & electric hot water to geothermal and redesigning utility room and master bath
I am moving from Southern California, where I typically don't heat or cool my home to Central Pennsylvania.
The home I am purchasing has Oil Forced Air Heat and Electric Hot Water and appliances.
There are no Natural Gas Lines near the home - so Natural Gas is not an option.
The home was built in 1949 - Mid Century Modern Ranch home on a slab foundation, no basement. It is a 1784 SF home with 6 rooms - 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen, Utility room, 2 halls and Living Room. It was a cement block home and someone over the years added dryvit stucco to the outside. Exterior walls end up about a foot thick. The bedrooms and bathrooms have art deco glass block windows. The kitchen has a small window over the sink and a bay window in the breakfast nook area. The livingroom has a bay window and a front door. The master bedroom also has a set of french doors to the back yard. One hall has french door to the front patio and the second hall has a flat window.
The home does have central AC.
1. The cost of oil is high and I expect it to rise.
2. The layout of the laundry/pantry/utility room places the hot water heater in the space that is used by the master Bath/ master closet. Would like to move things around, but not sure how.
3. Oven/Stove is electric (I am used to natural gas, but could learn to cook on electric and use the outdoor kitchen/bbq in nice weather)
I am thinking about going geo thermal for heat. I realize that initial investment is high, but don't want to be at the mercy of the oil market prices. The home is on over a 1/2 acre of land so I think geo thermal could be installed.
Thinking about what to do with the water heater - love the space saving of a tankless system, but without natural gas not sure this is a good option.
I don't know how to redesign things without a good idea of how much space will be needed for furnace, electric panel and water heater...
My ideas for redesigning include moving the washer dryer to the garage.
I don't know if it is good to use the same furnace, keep oil as a backup or buy a new one. Could a new one be placed in the garage or is it better left where it is? What are the pros and cons of moving the hot water heater?
it is obvious that the wall separating the master bath and utility room is not original (the glass block window is split by the wall with one row of glass block in the utility room, one row behind the wall and the remainder in the master bath.
I have attached a floorplan. The use of space in the master bath/closet is awkward and pictures of the home before the last purchase shows the shower was where the toilet currently sits and the listing showed that the washer/dryer were in the master bath. Not sure how it was laid out or what other changes were made. The last owner didn't disclose any structural or major renovations, but based on the photos, he did swap the position of the toilet and shower - don't know if it was done to code or permitted or if permits would have been required.
A little scared about what I may find when and if we redesign the master bath/closet, but am sure the space could be more efficiently used, especially if we move or eliminate the water heater.
Looking for advice, ideas, pitfalls that I should be aware of or thought that may change my plans.
Posted Sun, 04/06/2014 - 18:24
Edited Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:52
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