My family comes from very random roots! My mother’s side of the family ran a carpentry business before finally retiring just 2 years ago, and our father’s parents ran a farm of several acres for nearly 70 years… Though our Grandfather sold the land of to a housing comapny more than a decade ago, the house stays in the family till this day! Since his passing, it is now in the hands of our father. My mother was skeptical about moving into a farmhouse built in 1972, and her greatest problem was the cost of heating–wouldn’t a house this old spell trouble to keep comfortable? As it turns out, our mom couldn’t have been more wrong. This house was built to be comfortable all year round without the need for any HVAC at all, while the house has an oil furnace this week, it is built around a central fireplace that was used to heat several of the rooms of the house at many levels. The ceilings are lower, which means the central HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the house warm. While the windows are still the original windows, they were resealed years ago. My parents now enjoy having friends over in the winter, where they serve up a traditional feast with meat and breads all cooked over the fire just as our family did in this house centuries past; Despite my mom’s worries, the house really goes through oil even slower than her old home did. The oil furnace doesn’t have to work that hard to keep the house warm, so they can go even longer between fill ups, however everyone likes come to visit our folks in their cozy old house for a supper that goes on for the evening.