The building will be built in phases, due to not having enough resources, time and money, to do it all at once.
Phase 1Phase 1 has two steps
First step is to build an 8x12 mini-house to securely live in while I build. This is also going to be a scale model of the actual cabin.
I decided to go with a gothic arch structure because it was more efficient and pretty. I was able to use less material and save money but it took more time and skill to build.
Because the wall is thicker it will be insulated better. The top will have at least 2 feet of insulation, but it will only be 3 feet wide. Much of the rafter is hollow, it won't thermally transfer as much heat.
Because the top is so narrow, there is half the air volume to heat or cool, and a single ceiling fan should rapidly circulate the air. The top will also be rounded.
The roof is too steep to hold snow and rain will run off easily. The curve will reflect away solar rays better, resulting in less heat being transfered into the structure.
A curve is much stronger than a strait edge. Any wind that hits the curve gets deflected up rather than catching like it would on a normal wall.
|The stack slowly but surely accumulated over 2 weekends.|
|Fixed a crack in a board.|
|Had to fix an arch.|
|I put together one side by myself.|
|Had to get a second person to help me set it up.|
|Held in place with a board on each side. Fastened at the bottom of all rafters.|
|Added a rafter to each side to tilt the ridge board to correct angle.|
|All 7 in place, just as the battery ran out of power.|
|Tarped it until I have the resources to put real plywood sheeting on it in the middle of next month.|
|Ladder is sitting on the 8x8 shed floor that I am going to build this coming weekend.|
I keep getting asked what plans I used... didn't use any. I just winged it and built it how I felt it should be.
Second step of phase 1 is to build a more conventional 8x8 storage shed with a barn style roof. :D This is my plan on downsizing. Whatever doesn't fit in the storage unit, gets tossed.
Phase 2Second phase is to build the full home. Thinking of scaling up the Gothic arch structure with an overhead area. Using metal roofing for the side.
Collect rain water from all buildings with roofs. store water in tank below house. Slowly pump through a
Collect all the grey water in an aerated tank, the extra oxygen in the water helps stop anaerobic bacterial action and prevent odor. Use this water to water crops.
Tall, continuous operation compost heap. Brick or concrete block,surrounded by insulation. Southern facing single pane windows allow the sun to heat the composting brick. Curtains close at night, or on cloudy days to hold heat in.
Top of composing system will accept input and the processed soil will be shoveled from an access door.
Tiny washing machine. $85 on ebay.
Got one and have been using it for 4 months now. Works perfectly.
Super insulated energy efficient.
Solar panels charge a couple of marine batteries. Battery pack will keep things powered.
The main energy draw day to day will be a solar powered fridge and freezer.
Solar water heating for shower. Backup on cold days? Copper tubing on rocket mass wood stove.
Buying small fridge and super insulating it.
Data connection and local network.
DSL data conneciton. VPN preserves data privacy against ISP and government spying.