Hello All, New member to this site, who doesn't know even where to begin researching. Looking for tips on how and where to focus research time as we begin this project: Want to build a new home 1000-1500 sq ft (plus comparable basement size that could eventually be finished as well) this Summer-Fall in the Midwest. Rural location. Electricity available. Will need a well-for sure, and probably septic too (probably go that route?). Would like to minimize dependency on propane for heating and hot water, maybe as a back up only, and would like to keep electricity requirements for cooling reasonably low and take advantage of design for natural airflow as much as possible. Might find ourselves sleeping on a screened in porch as much as possible Plenty of wood available on property. Can orient and design home to maximize solar for electricity, hot water, passive temperature control, etc. and design can take advantage of natural air flow and ventilation. Can design for wood storage to accommodate quantity and easy access for refueling. Am thinking there will be an unheated greenhouse, earth or brick or stone floor, attached to home to extend gardening season so only out of growing at least some crops for 2-4 months. Flexible as to size but probably at least 1000 square feet. If this greenhouse can be part of the home heating or water heating plan, all the better. Can you provide any general tips or to do's or not to do's if this was your project, and where on this site or other sites I should direct my research? thanks in advance!