December 21 is the first day of winter here in the Northern Hemisphere. Is there any architecture that works in places that actually have SEASONS?
For example, now it is cold here. I am grateful that I have low ceilings, so less to heat. However, in the summer I want high ceilings. (I know, ceiling fans… are universally ugly. I hate them.) (#2: Loves her some ceiling fans)
Maybe a cave. My brick house is not doing it; the temperature lag can be a problem. It takes a LONG time to heat up, but once it does it stays hot. This is nice in winter evenings, but not in summer. In summer it’s like sitting inside my own personal tandoor, slowly stewing at night and wishing I could take the roof off. Though if I could, that would be wicked drafty in winter. (#2 Mmmm basement living… I bet you’d like a bunker.)
Current solutions all seem to suck half the time (which half varies). I fantasize about having a bed on hydraulic lifts: in the winter I could put it up near the ceiling, next to the shared wall with the warm kitchen. In the summer I could put it down on the floor, away from the kitchen wall and closer to the windows.
Does anyone have a sane way to build houses for 4-season weather?