House from a bar with a stove and heating with a heat pump, underfloor heating and plinth, "Beacon" 144 m² in Belarus
"Beacon" - was built at the foot of Mount Beacon in the Braslav region, with an excellent view of Lake Snudy. There is clean air and forest noise all around. The house combines a traditional Russian stove and a modern heat pump.
"Beacon" is a spacious house made of profiled glued beams for permanent residence. Thanks to the large glazing, the second light in the house creates space, volume and a feeling of lightness and freshness.
From what to build a house, the owner did not think long - only a tree. Do not build a house on the shore from blocks. We decided that it will be glued laminated timber:
There is no gas on the site and there will be no way to heat the house? Firewood, pellets - difficult. Often you need to leave the house for work, and boilers running on such fuel require attention. At the design stage, our company was told about geothermal heating. This was a decisive moment: a foundation appeared on the site, on which the builders quickly assembled a house from laminated veneer lumber. Quickly means that in a year the house was ready to move in.
A special sealant is used between the crowns - it has proven itself better than standard inter-crown seals. Walls 20 centimeters thick are not blown through, the house keeps heat well. Its even, slight shrinkage was aided by the heavy tiled roof..
The windows in the house are wooden:
The house on the left is an old bathhouse in the country. When the question arose of where to build - in Minsk, or somewhere else, they remembered the dacha:
The walls are of excellent quality: glued laminated timber does not twist, there are no cracks:
There is excellent fishing here, from the shore in the morning you can catch a bucket of fish - tench, bream, perch, pike:
The total area of the house is 144 m². It is a large space with a second light and huge windows overlooking the lake.
On the first level there is a salon area that corresponds to the open space concept: a living room combined with a dining room and a kitchen. The guest block with a bedroom and a bathroom is separated from the public space. The traditional style and comfort can be emphasized by two components - a wooden house and a Russian stove. Interior around the stove:
What is good about glued laminated timber is the minimum cost of finishing. In "Beacon" the walls are simply covered with wax:
A fireplace is built into the front of the oven. It has a water jacket and can heat the coolant in the general heating system:
On the first floor, there is a place for a guest bedroom and a bathroom:
Ground floor plan:
The house has a water heating and heating system based on a heat pump, underfloor heating and a warm water baseboard!
Geothermal heating is a whole complex of works. Three wells of 100 meters were drilled near the house for the heat pump and pipes with antifreeze were lowered into them. Pipes from the wells go into one central well. From it there are two pipes to the boiler room - "supply" and "return". The decrease or increase in the temperature in the house is regulated automatically, without human intervention.
If the electricity goes out, the heat pump stops. It happens very rarely, and as the voltage appears in the network - the equipment starts itself.
Thermal power of the pump installed in the "Beacon" - 17 kW. Nearby is a 700 liter tank, in which hot water and heating water is heated (300 liters of hot water and 400 liters of the heating system buffer volume).
The capabilities of the heat pump made it possible to install a fan coil unit in the bedrooms. This is a passive cooling system due to the circulation of the coolant through the soil collector, without the operation of the compressor. Fancoil works like an air conditioner, but almost free:
The house, in addition to the bedrooms, is heated by warm floors. The bedrooms have an unusual warm skirting board system. This is a mini convector installed instead of the floor skirting boards. And it looks like a flat skirting board. But inside there are copper pipes with brass fins through which hot water circulates. This heat source works well with heat pumps:
Warm skirting boards were also installed under large windows - they cope no worse than floor convectors:
What you don't expect to see inside this modern home is a large Russian stove made of black clinker bricks. The stove is the main element of the interior. The owners regularly heat it during the cold season and prepare food.
The kitchen area, equipped with modern appliances, is hidden from the common space behind the stove::
Russian stove element:
The owner says that the favorite place in the house is the bed. Lying on the stove, you can admire the lake right through the large windows. A stove with a stove bench is an additional source of heating, a sleeping place and a bright piece of furniture:
On the second floor there is a "second light", a second bedroom, a bathroom and a dressing room.
Second floor plan:
An original architectural solution that has retained the "second light" for the first floor with the ability to come close to large windows overlooking the lake or go to the balcony:
Stairs to the first floor:
On the second floor there is a bedroom, a bathroom and a wardrobe. Several more rooms could have been arranged, but then the living room would have been left without a second light. And there is enough living space:
In the coldest months, heating, hot water, lighting, and so on run up to a thousand kW. In spring and summer, costs are lower. It turns out a little cheaper than gas.
The system is not cheap. But this is not a comparison with a gas or pellet boiler. The question is whether it is worth overpaying tens of thousands of dollars for a plot, the value of which lies only in the fact that gas is supplied to it.
A nice addition to the beautiful home - the gazebo and retaining wall were made of stone. Behind the house begins Mount Beacon, and to prevent the land from sliding onto the site, a retaining wall was made. A cellar and a gazebo were added to the slope. There is a lot of stone, the locals know how to work with it. The boulders are split and placed in the formwork so that the front of the masonry is flat. The stone looks original - on the hottest day it is noticeably cooler here:
Most of the plots that are located in picturesque places, but far from civilization, are not so expensive, land in a cottage village will cost several times more expensive than a secluded plot by the lake.
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