Jay Angler wrote:Hubby agrees with your figures, John.
More seriously, I can remember reading "A Pattern Language" and the author stating that we need more "working housing" - small production products for the neighborhood produced in ground floor workshops with housing behind and above. I'd change that to food production behind and housing above. People will eat better if they have some fruit trees and veggie gardens on their own land. Some people figured that out with the Covid crisis last year, but I really wish more had figured it out 3 decades ago before our communities were filled up with big houses on tiny lots. Unfortunately, most communities actually consider having a "business" in your home to be a breach of planning rules.
Alternatively, I can remember seeing plans for solid small homes built in China which were sturdy enough to have serious roof gardens. Having the garden on top ensured better sunlight.
Jay Angler wrote:Forest Viridiana wrote:Interesting that you just wrote this. Yesterday my family and I were discussing the whole "high ceiling" thing and I mentioned that I recalled that at Wheaton Labs, one winter they used fabric as a "lowered ceiling" in their tepee. I had had a similar idea at one time that I hadn't acted upon as it hadn't been critical path, so we discussed how something like a fabric "roller blind" that went horizontally across a room in the winter, but rolled up against a wall in the summer might be a cost effective way to improve an existing situation. Your idea of panels that actually made for temporary living space has merit - so many homes are larger than really needed just to accommodate occasional guests!
I want high ceilings in the summer and low ceilings in the winter. I have thought about constructing some type of temporary loft over my living room with panels that could be easily removed or swung upwards and secured during the summer.
Hopefully someone at Wheaton Labs will see this and know whether I'm remembering correctly or not, and how it worked out.
Stacy Witscher wrote: Here in Oregon, one lender is more open to give mortgages for off-grid or alternative housing. Talking to lenders, particularly local credit unions might be a good idea.
Heidi Schmidt wrote:This may not be 100% in the spirit of this thread, but I want to point out another practice I think should be done away with: Scraping all the good topsoil off a new property to build (and selling it, I presume), and then replacing it with a few inches of topsoil brought back in. Really messes with the ability to have decent gardens without a whole bunch more inputs.