fireplace surrounded by sculpted cob - a mixture of clay, sand & straw - that absorbs the heat from the fire and stays warm long after the fire is done burning. Much more efficient than a regular fireplace (which can have a net cooling effect).
What are your thoughts on something like this for your storage wall between the middle room and sitting room? (we can design it so that each of the compartments has a particular purpose for your specific objects)
I absolutely love this. Reminds me of an adobe bubble house I saw in an article many years ago. Richard Olsen's Book Handmade Houses Showcases Beautiful and Unusual Homes : Architectural Digest. Probably for my future little house in Europe.