Solving the Challenges of This Plumbing Design
I’ve been trying to adapt (using the SketchUp program) a 1936 Cliff May hacienda design for a new house I want to build in SoCal. The courtyard design is great, but the “U” shape makes for some long hot water runs. How/where would you put hot water tanks in this design? I had considered a mechanical pit/basement, but would like to avoid that for cost issues/not knowing what is under the building pad (giant boulders are a possibility). Area is limited to propane for gas, so I am planning on two heat pump electric water heaters. Don’t like tankless, or recirculating lines. I have some thoughts, but would appreciate any creative ideas to solve this problem. Any other input on this design (on any aspect of it) would be welcome. Also, this will have an unvented attic (within the house thermal envelope) and the plan is to put the HVAC and ducts up there (at the corners where the wings meet the main volume). Eventually, I will go to an architect/engineer with this, but I want to work out the bugs on my own first.
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