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The on-site well supplies plentiful good quality water. Well water was tested by the owner in 1998 when buying the property, and twice since. No problems have ever surfaced.

The existing septic system is permitted to discharge from a six-bedroom house. A 10-bedroom septic system design for the site, stamped by an engineer, is approved and on file at the Weston Westport Health District (WWHD). As part of the approval process of the connection of the new construction to the existing septic system, the septic system was inspected by the WWHD on 06/16/2014.

Two one-thousand gallon propane tanks on site are owned by the house owner, which ensures freedom to shop around for price and purchase fuel from any provider. They provide a plentiful supply of fuel on-site to heat the house for a long period, independent of the electric grid and disruption of fuel supplies. Further, the ability to buy from any propane supplier and store the fuel when prices are low, enables a potential saving of about $1/gal, which translates to $3,000–$4,000 annually.

A high-efficiency propane fired boiler to produce heat and hot water was recently installed, and is sized to serve the Addition as well as the original house.

Should the owner finish the upper area of the Barn, a pipe to contain a water supply line, a sewer connection, conduits for electrical and other cabling, as well as a propane supply line, are already installed so the cost and disruption of further digging up of the site is avoided, as well as the cost of additional permits and inspections.

Broadband internet service to the house is superb over a dedicated cable from the street, separate from the cable over which cable-TV service runs. Connection speeds as measured by the owner at are just under 120 Mbps download, and just under 40 Mbps upload, which exceed the advertised maximum speeds for the area.

Cell phone coverage is solid on all major carriers.

Electric service to the house is 200 Amps. Should the need arise for 400 Amps service, conduits in the ground from the street pole to the house are sized for increased service. A spare conduit from the street pole runs to the house for future services that may become available.