I'd like to introduce you to a project of mine that I'll be working on in my free time. It was partially inspired by the thread in here asking for a
network for survivalists, it just went in an utterly different direction than I originally intended, due to various situations in between.
For the moment, it is a blog that I will be posting house designs to on a weekly basis. The designs will be for buildings of under 1000 square feet,
primarily intended to be built with Cob due to its ease and price point for the first-time builder. All designs will be created with the intent of
being built for under $5000 CAD.
In the long run, I would like to build it into somewhere that people can go not only to find free and intriguing designs for shelter, but also where
they can go to find cheap land and interesting people to build with. Whether this will be facilitated by aggregating classifieds from around the
globe, or some other means, I do not know yet. I've found that one of the greatest problems outside of affording to build a house, at least where I
am from, is first being able to find a buyer for your first-born son in order to finance the land to build your house, so this would act as a partial
aid to stopgap that.
Of course, now you are wondering, "How does this apply to the survival forum". Why, it has everything to do with you guys! I'll be generating and
giving away plans for shelters that are under 600 square feet, that are intended to be built with as little non-scavenged material as possible, by
someone with no construction experience, for very very cheap. Isn't that something that would come in handy for the end of civilization?
In any case, you can check out the site at House A Day
I'll be putting the first finished design up this weekend,
if all goes well, with another coming every Friday afterwards.
But, a disclaimer, I am in no way an accredited architect. I simply happen to have voraciously read a disturbing number of books on the subject over
the past few years and done a few designs that impressed people. So I decided this would be a fulfilling hobby. As a result, if you follow a design
and your shelter explodes, please do not sue me
Edit: A subscription function is available for those wishing to be notified when a new design is uploaded!
[edit on 16-9-2009 by D.E.M.]