Sunday, May 17, 2009

Building your own house!

Have you ever thought about building your own house?

Think about it.... When most young couples buy a house they finance it for many many years, they will be paying for their house almost until the day they retire. Most house payments around the Southeast are in the $1000 a month range. Also, the first ten years of payments on a house are generally just enough to pay the interest off, so until the eleventh year people are just now paying for the actual house! It's so difficult to imagine, but it's true.

I have putting alot of thought into building my own house one day. There are alot of different things that I want my house to be.
-energy efficient- solar panels, excellent insullation, lots of natural light, LED light fixtures, and many more "green" things
-designed with future additions to the house in mind
-modern looking

I love the thought of not having a house payment every month, have low or no utility bills, the satisfaction of building my own house. I am a carpenter and I am capapble of building a house on my own right now. But like most people, money is a current issue but things can be done about that!

1 comment:

Vancouver Island Lass said...

I, like you, have given a lot of research to a green home. Dollar for dollar, the best insulated, earthquake proof home is post and beam strawbale home. In Toronto, the building codes now include this type, after several modern high end builds were completed several years ago. To look at them, you'd never know these homes were straw bale except for the generous window ledges and a small peek door built into the wall. No vapour barrier needed which is another plus, a warm yet breathable home. This type is aboveground build but another option is a bermed or sunken home into the ground. This has advantage of constant temperature that needs very little additional heat to warm it to pleasant room temperature in winter, summer its just right no heat needed. Both have some issues to be aware of, the strawbale needs to be built on a foot to foot and half waterproof pony wall as straw and groundlevel acces to outside splash of water not desireable.second, a generous roof overhang to protect oarged walls from rain loading. The walls can certainly absorb and dry in moist conditions as is the point of the desin materials, like effectively used in the Pacific northwest where many have successfully been built. The berm or buried home depends on 2 percautions, perimiter drainage below home grade and plastic skin on ground of house, tightly enclosed with a single vent stack from below barrier up to roof so any ground gases do not accumulate in the home. Not everywhere has dangerous off gasses but since they donot smell and are
Very toxic, it is a sensible percaution.
I guess it depends the climate you live in and the site condition where you chose to build, but I'd rather decide the type of home I'd like to build and then search for the right kind of property that accepts the plan rather than buying land and having its limits tie my hands on what I can build there. This is my best advise to you, develop what you want and use its needs to determin where it will work best as a guide to land purchase. Finally the most important thing is definately different kinds of roof systems. It should be insulative, screen rainwater for purity for use and provide stage for solar generation. Obviosly be waterproof and maintain its effectiveness over at least 80 plus years. Infact a living roof, fits these parameters very well as does a slate covered insulated roof. Both need strong structural support, post and beam or solid soil wals fit the bill or a cobination of both.
Mostly old tech is superior to new tech, but the addition of some strategic new tech like solar, water barrier materials etc make for the best of both worlds. Ideally build a home once to last a century with minimum upkeep means also less new tech. Your initiall
Planning and effort will be rewarded over your life time