Since my beloved LifeEdited contest is no longer taking entries, I’m motivated to apply the mentality to something far more replicable — something new!
I’ve been thinking about the constraints for this for months. I’ve even tried out a few designs, with admitted difficulty.
Here’s the plan so far (continued after the break):
- Design a tiny house
- Implement open-source Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB) of the Open Source Ecology project’s “The Liberator”
- Limit the house to 200 sq. ft.
- Build each floor as 100 sq. ft (just to make it interesting and maybe climatically efficient). (There’s also maybe some greywater awesomeness to building up!)
- Don’t rely on the CEB’s for structure but for facade and thermal properties
- Internal structure will consist of
- 1″ sheathing
- 1/2″ drywall
- 3/4″ sub-floors
- spray-in insulation
- Implement rainwater collection, filtration and storage
- Maximize sunlight while minimizing window size
- Everything must be modern and as efficient as possible
- Build price would be should be under $50,000 US
- Foundation is poured concrete with proper footings
- No ignition-based anything (no fireplaces, gas stoves or water heaters)
- Should be enough for two parents and two small kids (hey! someday I might get married..lol)
- Be acceptable to structural regulation in Montgomery County, Ohio building code (If I have to pick a place, why not home?)
- Desk should use The Tread in its design (NOTE: just their treadmill, not their desk).
I’ll edit this post later.. These are my constraints.. I’m going to try putting up a SketchUp file for the world to work on with me soon. The pictures are what I got done on it tonight.
This project is for fun and to share with the world. AKA, I can’t pay you, even if I wanted to..lol. Maybe someone can help me figure out how to properly GPL it?