Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
August 7, 2014
...a room of one's own, within a sustainable, multi-generational, creative community. Planning for active retirement, using a co-housing model of major necessities & comforting amenities being owned collectively by the whole group. Categories of tools need living space of **their** own, to create & keep in repair complex civilization, yet major tools, supplies & machinery can be maintained in a shared shop, without each of us having to house a carpentry workshop, a plumbing warehouse, mechanical equipment, garden center, laundry, etc.
...all of the above. Favorite word pairings, though, are cozy cabins, charming cottages, rustic hide-aways & dramatically-sited dwellings. Snug bungalows are nice, too, along with trunk-hugging tree houses, architecturally distinctive shacks, chambered cairns, Iberian teito & yak-hair felted yurts. For building from scratch, foam-dome-homes have numerous advantages in design flexibility & energy efficiency. Operating net zero as many months of the year as possible is ideal, & can realistically be achieved through passive solar design & orientation, along with frugal integral systems powered by renewable resources.
Presently gutting a 1991 Ford Fleetwood SouthWind RV to super-insulate & cottagize for tiny home about 250 square feet, as one of the on-going projects at the CommonWealth Solar 'campus'. The SouthWind is still moveable if necessary, although the rehab is not intended for cruising.
...as long as it takes. Happy to work on a team sharing work/parties with other tiny house builders. Grateful to have been urged to join the Tiny House Meet-Up. Thanks, y'all, for putting this group together.
Transitioner, educator, builder, family-oriented parent & grandparent, drummer, tree-climber, editor & home energy audit intern. Dogmatic & judgmental.