As part 2 of my last post, Straw-bale, Cordwood, and Earthbag Homes, I’ll mention the fourth green building option that I’ve found–shipping containers. They come in various sizes, and there are many ways to combine them together for more space. The inside can be coated with natural materials to make it cozy. And large porches made from one of the container’s sides–some can even rise from a crank like a draw-bridge–are common. So it may even be possible to make a moat!–bringing me one step closer to castle-like living.
One of the benefits of shipping container homes is that they’re portable and easy to add additions to, which could make it a good option for us. These homes often appear a little too industrial, for me at least, but there are some out there that feel warm and inviting. There are possibilities. And re-using something unattractive to create something beautiful and useful is a nice prospect.
Our plan seems even more real now that I know of some low-cost, green, and easily sustainable home options. We’re not sure which method we’ll end up using, and there’s even the possibility of remodeling an old stone home, or even an old wooden barn. We’ll let the land decide, and keep our minds open in the mean time. What we do plan for is an eco-friendly home that we can live in off-the-grid (not meaning away from culture, but literally off-the-grid of powerlines). And this makes me feel a tiny bit closer to achieving our ideal lifestyle.
Fae is sorting through the clean laundry, naked, on the floor. We just took a nice family shower, which always seems to be followed by nude play-time in the living room. She loves sorting through piles of things.