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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

It's bubble bursting time

I have stated my position about comprise in a twelve year old girl tantrum way. That, I regret to inform you, does not work. No matter how much you wish to pretend that it did work when you were twelve, it doesn't have the same effect when you are 29. The reaction one gets from the attended fiter, is one of mirth, and if you don't watch it, it will turn into anger.

Because of a few factors, we will not be able to do the decahome, and because of finance and the risk debt ratio, the house can not be a complete berm. My compromise is a slightly more traditional home {think dead wood log home} with a small footprint. This home shall be easily resalable so that some day in the future we can sell, move out of this county, and find a place without building codes. Then we will have our dream home.

I was informed that I should never allow people to tell me that I can not build my dream home. And believe me when I say, I have tried everything. The biggest problem is that we have to go through a lender, and construction loans are not an easy thing to obtain. So far the lender that told me it is cheaper to go out than up has the best deal {low interest and such} Another problem is that building green is expensive. Don't let the sales men fool you with this talk of "initial cost are more, but you will save in the long run" However true this may be, it doesn't help when you only have so much to spend on the initial. So our home will not be as green as it could be, but we are going to try our hardest to be as green as we can afford at this moment. Too bad I don't have a popular blog, then maybe I could convince some of these green dealers to give me a price break.

So, now think Little House when you think of our home, at least for now. Who knows what other road blocks will be set down in front of us. A dead standing timber home can be bermed, we are still looking at the Rastra system {just got their DVD in the mail} solar, greywater, wood burning stove {no furnace} and deconstruction companies.

The Green Home Guide

5 comments:

Rebecca said...

My inlaws have a log cabin, my husband grew up in that house. He loved it. They claim it is much easier to keep warm/cool because the wood provides such great insulation. All they do is open and close the curtains as needed.

Caroline said...

I have to admit, I adore log cabins. I have a floorplan in my head for my ideal home, and it is log. The downstairs has the kitchen, a half-bath (and perhaps a laundry room) and a huge great room with enormous windows and a cathedral ceiling. The upstairs has the bedrooms over the kitchen, bath and other rooms, with the great room entirely open. Has to be big enough for spinning wheel(s) and a big loom.

Check out the Path To Freedom site for perhaps more ideas that you might find helpful. http://www.pathtofreedom.com/journal/

Chelee said...

Is the main problem the financing or the codes? If it's financing, could you just save up and finance it yourself? I know it wouldn't happen as soon as you like but 5-15 years for your dream isn't that long.

Cheryl said...

Rats, I'm sorry to hear that you can't do all of the things you wanted to. A log house sounds fantastic though!

Stephanie said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear that! I know you must be very disappointed!

A green log house sounds like a good compromise though! (is your inner 12 year old convinced? LOL)

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