Category Archives: planning phase

Playing with Mud

This could be called Adobe part two, but really it was a lot of playing with mud. Now some folks may not like getting messy, but it’s like going back to childhood when you’re mixing adobe. It’s all about the … Continue reading

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Adobe

We’ve thought a lot about building materials – the motto here is “green and green.” Meaning we’re looking for what makes sense both for the environment and the pocket book. It’s amazing how often those two go together. Straw is … Continue reading

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The Airstream

We’ve been thinking of what to build, and along the way the one thing we keep coming back to is that a huge part of building green is building with reclaimed or reused materials and using things that are not built to consume lots of energy. So we’ve bought a 1966 Airstream Overland trailer to be one of the first structures on the land. Continue reading

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New Mexico

Years ago, we’d spent a weekend outside of Taos in an Earthship. A weekend away is a great way to see advantages and disadvantages to any house, environment, or location. Taos is rugged beauty–very flat, dry and having grown up next to mountains, not my idea of a place I could call home. The earthship also had good points–but it had drawbacks as well (as in the best room in the house was the bathroom, and the idea of sleeping on a concrete box matress is just not a good one since it sucks the heat right out of your body). But I think it planted seeds. Continue reading

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Requirements (sort of)

It’s a work-in-progress and will evolve (I hope)…. Continue reading

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New Land, Ho!

First big lesson of getting off the grid seems to be–find the land that fits your need, don’t fall in love with land and then try to make it fit when it won’t. Continue reading

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The End of Azul Drive

Today we asked our real estate agent to cancel escrow on the Azul Drive property. We spent four months and thousands of dollars attempting to develop this lot for our eco-community. It was 2.1 acres, 16 lots, and was in … Continue reading

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Hampton House is SOLD

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi  The West Hills property is of course the top choice. Near town, beautiful views… breathtaking! However, plan B and plan C are … Continue reading

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West Hills Lot Photo Gallery

These are photographs of the West Hills lot. Click on them to see a much larger version:

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Drawbacks

One of the first things you learn when looking a property is that no place is 100% what you want and need. It’s a question of how much of your needs are met, and what’s not, and are the red flags deal-breakers. Continue reading

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