I thought of something. Creating homes on wheels, though beautiful with the wood, like the homemade RV's, I keep seeing, the lightest footprint on
the planet and the most economical is a kind of cob or even paper crete, hemp slurry for sides. However I also like the wooden planks they make out
of renewable bamboo and think there should be lots of alternatives to cutting down our forests and especially old growth or any form of clear cut
However, making homes portable, and not fit under their standards of permanent dwellings, is a good idea, but a little cramped for families.
I immediately thought of, building it as big as you could pull on a truck, for RV size, and making it modular. For example, a good sized, hall way
joiner, also on wheels and could be hauled separately, and then another module parallel to the first, possibly the same size or shorter, so it would
be a U shape or a partial U, with the interior being a natural greenhouse space or courtyard..
I'm referring to this idea, but as large as you can legally pull, and then a snugly fitting module on the back side of where it would be placed, and
another one fitting together to form a partial or full U shape, a greenhouse inbetween.
I'm literally planning to do this for our family within the next couple years, with the plan of putting the older boys to work, and picking up a group
of older trucks, diesel, but they're going to get modded over time to HHO conversions, perhaps one or two bio/fuel electric. But nothing you have to
buy or purchase, and start getting some energy solutions going this fall winter, ie. we have a sunroom that needs heat, and if you plug anything big
like the vacuum or heater it throws the breaker for the house.
Now, I see a larger family like mine, putting modules together to form a more roomy, but still compact and easy to clean.
At 49 I have no intention of going for the bigger house, more looking forward to escaping to hobbit sized and easy to maintain.
So I see myself, the youngest in one. Two of the older sharing one, with a module at the back for a nicer bathroom, and my truly adult son,
relatives, having their own. But basically an entire family could spread out, with additional modules.
Throw up a yurt for some overflow space, laundry and guest room and a big family kitchen for special meals, and good to go.
I'm not going to teach my children to feed the machine in their lives but opt out.
I got some backing from my adult sons too. We did the math on how many incomes it took for one expensive rental home, never mind a morgage. At lower
income levels it takes 3 full time incomes to feed the beast and that doesnt include large puddles of savings for additional properties.
I think its outrageous anyone is putting up with this.
With a big family property somewhere out of the way, low taxes, and greenhousing, the costs go down to hobby money to supply what is required and
repairs, anything you want to work at, is your choice.
And if you're doing something like the aquaponics, your own food production can cover costs and repairs. Plus have plenty to donate to the food banks
and adopt some needy families in your area.
edit on 2-8-2012 by Unity_99 because: (no reason given)