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When I was framing in Regina there was a lot of 45 day houses built, from start to finish I'm pretty sure they sold posesion dates instead of houses, a few were built in 30 days, it wasn't much fun having the plumbing, electrical and roofing crews all at the same time then the concrete crew would show up to do the gradebeem for the garage.

Kind of got tired of the plumbing crews there a strange bunch sniffing glue all day. ;)
 

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Does anyone have any advice on heated floors? Would you go without a furnace completely?
 

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... people with larger houses obviously use more county services than those without, so it only makes sense to tax them higher...
So explain it to me, how is it possible? Does the grader drive by more often when you have a larger house?

Did the quarter section or acreage take up more space or get larger?

Yes we burn more gas and electricity for bigger houses, but we pay for consumption, so that doesn't matter.
The same amount of people live there, it's not like a Hutterite colony where hundreds live on one quarter.
What could possibly be the rationale for taxing a family more if they have 3000 vs 1000 sq. ft.?
 

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Does anyone have any advice on heated floors? Would you go without a furnace completely?
Thought about it but if you want central AC like we did you need all the duct work anyway. Our plumber had been in a couple houses that used all floor heat and said the air quality wasn't the best. Said you need a good air exchanger. Dual zone heating for basement/ main floor would be nice maybe with in floor heat in basement.

We don't get charged more tax on our yard improvements if we own xx amount of land in the RM or a neighbouring RM. My taxes are the same when I had a mobile home as they are with a 1500sq ft house.
 

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Thought about it but if you want central AC like we did you need all the duct work anyway. Our plumber had been in a couple houses that used all floor heat and said the air quality wasn't the best. Said you need a good air exchanger. Dual zone heating for basement/ main floor would be nice maybe with in floor heat in basement.
Heated floors seem nice, and are, but darn near everyone I know with them installed have had expensive repairs at one point or another.. no matter how expensive the boiler.. furnaces are just so simple and easy and cheap.
 

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We don't get charged more tax on our yard improvements if we own xx amount of land in the RM or a neighbouring RM. My taxes are the same when I had a mobile home as they are with a 1500sq ft house.
I wish that was us! If you put a deck on your house.. more tax, a fireplace in, more tax, finish your basement or renovate it (no size increase even) making the value go up... more tax.. those are the rules here.
Even if you put up bins... more tax
 

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So explain it to me, how is it possible? Does the grader drive by more often when you have a larger house?

Did the quarter section or acreage take up more space or get larger?

Yes we burn more gas and electricity for bigger houses, but we pay for consumption, so that doesn't matter.
The same amount of people live there, it's not like a Hutterite colony where hundreds live on one quarter.
What could possibly be the rationale for taxing a family more if they have 3000 vs 1000 sq. ft.?
Apparently tone of voice doesn't convey well through typing. I was being facetious with that comment. I can somewhat understand a business being taxed on square feet of improvements since that would indicate more trucks in and out, or more customers down the roads. But residences is a mystery to me. Socialism and wealth redistribution at it's best.
 

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Taxes are based on the ability to pay them, bigger house means you have more money therefore can afford to pay more in taxes. I don't necessarily agree with it but thats the way it is. Do you feel a poor man living in an old grain bin should pay the same amount as a millionaire living in a mansion? I doubt it.
 

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I wish that was us! If you put a deck on your house.. more tax, a fireplace in, more tax, finish your basement or renovate it (no size increase even) making the value go up... more tax.. those are the rules here.
Even if you put up bins... more tax
Our county is better that way, it has to be permanent, even cattle sheds and bins don't count. I know one farmer who left the wheels and hitch on his trailer and refused to pay taxes on it.
 

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I wish that was us! If you put a deck on your house.. more tax, a fireplace in, more tax, finish your basement or renovate it (no size increase even) making the value go up... more tax.. those are the rules here.
Even if you put up bins... more tax
friends in the city finished their basement. Never "completed" one wall in the utility room....permit wasn't complete so no tax increase for them
 

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Taxes are based on the ability to pay them, bigger house means you have more money therefore can afford to pay more in taxes. I don't necessarily agree with it but thats the way it is. Do you feel a poor man living in an old grain bin should pay the same amount as a millionaire living in a mansion? I doubt it.
Why should the millionaire pay more property tax, that is such b.s. He is already paying more income tax, and uses the exact same services as the guy sitting around all day watching Dr.Phil. That's the problem with socialism, there is no drive to succeed or work/try hard, because even if you are a bum, you get what the hard worker/intellectual gets.
So if you drive a 1990 Honda Civic, should you pay more for registration than a 19yr dope smoker making half your wage driving the same car? Even if you drove a nice car for that matter.?
 

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Why should the millionaire pay more property tax, that is such b.s. He is already paying more income tax, and uses the exact same services as the guy sitting around all day watching Dr.Phil. That's the problem with socialism, there is no drive to succeed or work/try hard, because even if you are a bum, you get what the hard worker/intellectual gets.
So if you drive a 1990 Honda Civic, should you pay more for registration than a 19yr dope smoker making half your wage driving the same car?
Other than our socialist inclinations, it has a lot to do with this Willie Sutton and his famous quote when asked why he robs banks "because that is where the money is" Can't get blood from a stone from the guy living in a granary.
 

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I know, it just sucks.. when you think of all the tax a man pays..
Fuel for example.. tons of tax already in fuel, that you buy with your income after that was taxed, that you paid gst/pst on that fuel as well! Never mind all the taxes paid by businesses to make and deliver that fuel. It's just psycho when it all starts unravelling, we seriously pay like 70-80% tax at the true end of the day.
 

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Getting back on topic, the reason I ask about in floor heating, is I am very much against basements, due to my bedroom location during my formative years. And the fact that most basements just end up being places to store excess junk which I'd rather not have in the first place.

Considering the option of a slab floor. Which greatly complicates heating duct installation, unless using only under floor heat.

However as it turns out, in this country we need to build a 4 foot frost wall even with a slab, so that is nearly the cost of a basement, already have the cost of the floor and half the walls.
 

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I love the idea of a house built on slab, along with attached garage. No stairs anywhere ! As you get older I’m sure it looks even better. If space isn’t an issue I don’t see many draw backs.
 

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We've got heated floors and love them main floor, basement and garage. Floor drain in the garage is a must. One thing I've noticed with heated floors is they are always a day behind if the temp really drops outside our main floor takes a day to warm up. We are using Geothermal but I wouldn't do that again I'd spend the money for gas. We built 8 years ago did a lot ourselves but also hired trades when needed something I noticed about the trades is that ones that built houses on a regular basis know about all the newest things out there. They used things I've never even seen or heard of all over the house. If that makes any sense.
 

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JVW if you put in floor heat in put in a wood burnng firplace or wood stove as well. Everytime you burn the wood it will heat your house and give you great air exchange for free. Even better yet put in a massonary heater or fireplace like we did. You burn it once a day and the stones and rocks heat your house for the next 24-48 hours like a furnace. It is the easiest firplace you will ever have. The stones store all the heat of the burn and release it slowly over the next few days. You can see a lot of pictures of them if you go to the massonary heater association.
 

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Getting back on topic, the reason I ask about in floor heating, is I am very much against basements, due to my bedroom location during my formative years. And the fact that most basements just end up being places to store excess junk which I'd rather not have in the first place.

Considering the option of a slab floor. Which greatly complicates heating duct installation, unless using only under floor heat.

However as it turns out, in this country we need to build a 4 foot frost wall even with a slab, so that is nearly the cost of a basement, already have the cost of the floor and half the walls.
Bingo. Your basement is essentially free space anyway. Trick is to make it warm and dry. Forced air on main floor and toss the pipe in basement floor for future hookup to hot water.(pipe is cheap) I have icf basement which is good. Btw we tailgated the concrete off truck you just have to smooth your site so truck can get to all sides. ICF is a pain to work with tho. Screwing electric boxes to concrete is way harder than a stud. I just hung a closet rod and its impossible to hit the little plastic ties with a screw through drywall.
 
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