posted on Dec, 19 2013 @ 07:25 AM
I suggest earthships. Made from the earth (and other recycled materials) they can be created cheaper then a normal house and with the right planning
you could have an amazing home for 10k or less. Most sites that talk about them claim 45k or more is needed but my husband and I have researched
enough to know you can build with less. Add the fact that most supplies can be found online for free and you're golden!
The earthships themselves are made primarily out of earth, concrete and recycled bottles. They use passive solar heating and an earth cooled air
system for natural air conditioning in the summer. They stay at an almost constant 58 degrees.
On top of those benefits, you can grow the majority (if not all) of your own food. It might be a bit more difficult to do on 3 acres, my husband and I
planned it all out and we will be needing about 5 acres but we also plan to make our own biol diesel so that definitely takes extra land.
Water for an earthship comes from rain, though you could have a well if you needed and all power is solar/wind.
I know that many successful earthships have been build in Mexico and I know of some in western Canada so that shows how diverse of climates they can
succeed in. We are in eastern Canada and there are no earthships here right now so we will be the first.
You should really look into the earthship option. They are brilliantly designed. I'm not sure how well they will stand up to tornadoes or hurricanes
but I would imagine they would do better then a normal home.