I actually had my barn builder draw up a plan for the 500sf 2BR/1BA one (not shown on this site) with a 3-stall barn attached.
His total estimate was quite affordable including adding septic & well, running electric from the pole and prepping the house so it was finished up to the primer coat of paint.
Then the RE market tanked, so selling my place made the figures not workable.
I still have the (tearstained) plan and some day.......
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That refers to the Planning ie; land usage laws. My concern is more about the engineering and safety of the structure, something that here in the states would be permitted by the Building department.
They may not have earthquakes or high snow loads in Wales, but there are other considerations. Fire, wind, insect and waterproofing. While I think that our planning and building fees are ridiculously high, I do believe that safety is important and looking at that house I have concerns. As I said, I really hope he at least had a civil engineer do some calculations, even more so because it is an unconventional building style.
It is very beautiful and my favorite residential structures are unconventional. The firm I worked for last specialized in zero energy homes and green design. We used a lot of unconventional building methods, but it was all properly engineered.
Non of these were ours but check out some of these. Different styles than the original post but some very cool ideas.
There was an old tradition in Wales that if you could build a house in one night, you would own the land it was built on.
Unsurprisingly the county council got all upset about the Lammas project that followed this house. Shame they couldn't wrap their heads around it.
Certainly a lot cheaper for someone to build this way than buy modular or any other type of home. Not to mention it's less satisfying than living in a home you built yourself, to someone who cares about that stuff. He spent £3000 plus 1000-1500 man hours on it. I suspect it quite a lot more low impact than anything pre-made/modular, too.
sorry, i really do know what permits are. i was kidding.
dh is a retired building code official and plumber, so we'll all be up to code.
nonetheless, i am so looking forward to getting my hands dirty getting this done. i've done a lot of remodeling, this will be so much more organic and creative.
Very cool looking but certainly not up to the UBC. God forbid that you live in an earth quake zone, or any place with other types of natural disaster!
I'm all for green design, in fact I'm a LEED AP, but the "plans" are scary. I hope he at least had a civil engineer look at it.
I do think it's very pretty and cool looking though.
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I assisted my DH in planning and building his dream off grid cabin in Montana. He asked the locals where the building department was - they laughed. Building code: If it stands up to 10' of snow on the roof, it's good enough. Electrical code: If it works sufficiently off grid, it's good enough. Plumbing code: If that is working come spring, it is good enough.
Thanks - I've saved some of these sites. I'm in the process of designing an"elder-hause" for ourselves - to be sustainable, inexpensive, small and very simple but have all we oldies need. No fancy roof lines, etc. but with a simple, low maintenace attactive garden and hardscaping...in case a wheelchair is ever needed! A house one can live in even after the other of us goes on our way.
me too foxtrot. the beauty of this is that while i have a large-ish house with a larege-ish mortgage, i own my land outright. when building this hobbit home i'll pay outright for materials and avoid a loan altogether, so when i'm ready to slow way down i'll have a simple and very pleasing place to live.
not entirely off grid, but as self sufficient as is possible.
i have enough waterfalls to generate my own power, that will be a huge monthly bill i can do without.
which reminds me, gotta get to work on that too.
btw, i have super plans for a 1200ft single level home if you are interested...