When I designed the Bushway home in 1989, I was already committed to energy conservation and renewable energy sources. Having heard about the tradition of masonry heating in Northern Europe, I decided to incorporate one in his plans. Thus I began a rewarding extension of my chimney/masonry business that was able to incorporate an extensive knowledge of the “house as a system”.
For the past 20 years, I’ve enjoyed working with home owners and builders to not simply “make a statement” but to reflect values and enhance a home’s beauty and harmony.
I feel fortunate to have found an avenue for my creativity that has a practical benefit for my customers. I like to tell people that I’m a musician that needed to get a “real job”. Actually, internally the masonry process isn’t that different for me. I still have an idea I want to communicate, within a certain tempo or space. And though the product is very physical and lasting, we need a bit of both, don’t we?
I got my start as a chimney sweep and my college physics background helped me understand the dynamics of fire, heat transfer and draft issues. I have also sought to live a lifestyle that minimizes the use of fossil fuel. Any wonder I found masonry heating?
I remember the long lines to get gas during OPEC’s first oil embargo in 1973. There had to be a better way, I thought. It’s a little discouraging to think that 37 years later, we’re still driving cars that get an average of 20 miles per gallon. So masonry heater building is a little antidote for that dismal transportation reality. As I keenly follow development of solar, wind and fuel cell technology, I still think masonry heating will be the green technology of choice for residential heating in the years to come.