Steve Lansing

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Grew up in and around Savannah GA. Moved a little for job, settled in N. GA around 1994. Been in or around Cumming GA every since. Have four children, two live with me. Want to build a cob/timber/straw bale homestead and have a garden, chickens, rabbits, goats, bees and as much as possible, live off the land.
Cumming, GA
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Interested in Straw Bale construction. Want to learn how to build a house. How about a straw bale house. Give me a buzz and come visit me this weekend in Dawsonville GA for some fun, learning and a little labor. Free classes on straw bale construction and some hands on using straw bale as infill as insulation in a wood framed structure. Nov. 10 and 11. Give me a call, Rich at 770-480-3048 or email at GA_seagull@yahoo.com Love to hear from you. Permies folks are the best.
2 months ago
Hello Fellow Permies. After missing several goals, I have decided to seek help from fellow Permies. I am building a home in North Georgia that uses Straw Bales in insulation in a frame house. I will also us cobb in the floor and tadelakt on the shower walls. All the cabinets in the house will use recycled pallet wood. Here is my delimna. I am one person and rarely convince family members to assist. I plan on making future structures on the property and teach building straw bale skills as well as modern homesteading skills as well as permaculture. So, anyone interested in learning about cobb, straw bale construction, or a hundred other ideas I have, drop me an email, GA_seagull@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance.
2 months ago
Interested in Straw Bale construction. Want to learn how to build a house. How about a straw bale house. Give me a buzz and come visit me this weekend in Dawsonville GA for some fun, learning and a little labor. Free classes on straw bale construction and some hands on using straw bale as infill as insulation in a wood framed structure. Nov. 10 and 11. Give me a call, Rich at 770-480-3048 or email at GA_seagull@yahoo.com Love to hear from you. Permies folks are the best.
4 months ago
Ok, so perhaps this is not free, but depending on how you work it out, it could be. The idea I have had for years and now older with adult children, I still feel like it could work. Now, my sister is working where she is basically paid to sleep sometimes, so better than free. Here is the idea, as the nation ages, there are many people that need attention or some "care". Now, not talking about true medical care, but help with basic tasks, maybe family is not able to help or too far away or the person is well off and just needs help with preparing food, light house work, maybe driving back and forth to doctor appointments. Here is the bottom line, my sister works as a care giver for 12 hours at a time and paid. Sometimes the shift is at night and she sleeps, getting paid. That is one thought, that maybe can be extended into taking a room over in a house for someone you are caring for. The other idea that I have had for years is just that. Perhaps an older retired couple or single person needs help with light house work, cooking, cleaning, transportation to church or meetings or doctor appointments. You can provide that for the payment of staying on site for free. Now, you still need to make money to purchase things, so not sure that would work for a family, but it could depending on the arrangement. Perhaps the person has a vacation home and the security fees are high or problems with break ins. Well, you live there when they are out of town and keep in real clean. They give you a few days notice and you find alternative space while they visit their vacation home for a weekend or week, etc. Maybe you work in a condo complex watching multiple homes and staying in different ones making a small amount from each one. That may work for a family, rather like a house sitting permanent location or a caretaker for a condo complex. If you can do minor repairs and contract out the major ones, even better. The bottom line is flexibility and adaptability. If you have home improvement skills, gardening skills and social skills, I believe it would not take long to find someone willing to let you stay in a location for rent free or nearly rent free in exchange for work/ services/ guard duty, etc. Obviously it would get more complicated for a family. I have even seen a situation where someone live on a storage lot for home items storage, rent a closet type idea and provided night security and daytime assistance for those that needed into their storage units. This can even apply to boats at a dock. If someone has a house boat and uses it every other weekend in season, but the rest of the time is was sitting vacant and liable to damage or theft, then you could house sit a house boat, or boats while owners paid you to live there. Again, just ideas for you to pursue, but I firmly believe it is doable, just takes some research. Obviously if you have a spotty record with the law, these may not work out for you. I would highly recommend some character witnesses and recommendations to help settle anyone's fears. Hope that helps someone looking.

Richard
11 months ago
OK, Permies folks...need some help. The item I feared has come to pass. My previous inspector had worked with a straw bale house before. Now a new guy, has no clue. He words are, if it is not in the code, I can not sign off. I realize there is straw bale code in a newer year, but my county is using the 2012. Truly, the straw bale is not the issue at this moment. I am doing a few different wood construction techniques that are stronger than code, but the new inspector says he can not inspect it if it is not listed in the code. So, I have been told to find a structural engineer that will sign off on it and he will accept that. So, items like 2x8 stud walls, 36" OC, hybrid truss/ rafter, etc. They seem stronger than code to me, but again...if not in code, he will not sign off on it. So, anyone know a structural engineer in North Georgia? Many thanks in advance. Regards. Richard
1 year ago
Hello Northern CA folks. I and my family will be visiting Northern CA Sunday. Anyone working with permaculture in Northern CA that we could examine. Drop me a line. Thanks. Richard
1 year ago
Hey Paul, I can follow directions...even year, purchased, paid the .01$, process took me throught a Permies login, then to Paypal, all worked. Watching video. Good Luck! RB
2 years ago
OK Permies, gotta quick and easy question. Where, who has any info on avacado or nrctarine trees this time of year? Will place in pots for a year or two, but may keep in pots for winter green house. I would be interested in a business or purchase from an individual person, like another permies. Thanks. Rich
Ben, sounds great. Of course, I have a few quetions to help me picture exactly what you need. On a 1/2 acre, the pond would be small. So, a drawing of said property before and how you want it after would be great. Is the area access0 to a very small excavator. Some can drive though a doorway. If very small, yes, shovel fun may be it. Also, the elevation of your property with water flow would help.
  Btw, wife and I are planning a trip to giant redwoods next year. Would love to chat more on that in private. Drop me a line here. All my best.
2 years ago