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UPDATE Jan. 2015: New DVD On Growing Survival
1. The House - concrete hexagon (slip-form construction), two storey, insulated
outside (R-19), stucco; self-heating, self-cooling; kitchen, hot water, etc.
Update 2014: I'm now building the house underground. The hexagon will be a guest
cottage and will be completed at a later date. The new house is 15 x 24 feet and composed of two main rooms,
concrete walls, stucco and stone roof.
2. Rainwater Harvesting System - surface catchments (1260 sq ft, 525 sq ft, 500 sq
ft), 4000-gallon total storage, gravity fed to house and garden.
Update 2014: The two tanks (each 1100 gallons) were to supply the house, but the
house moved to the garden, so they now will supply the new garden. The 1500-gallon tank for the garden will supply
the house. Both systems are connected so any tank can supply any need.
3. Solar Heating - Hot-air system on East and South walls, passive (no power
Update 2014: The south-facing wall of the underground house is exposed (all others
backfilled), so heater is on this wall.
4. Solar Hot Water - South-facing batch heater (34 gallons) supplies kitchen and
5. Underground Air-Cooling System - two chambers, air travels about 60 feet
underground before entering room through floor slab in one corner.
Update 2014: The new house is underground and requires no cooling
6. Raised Enclosed Vegetable/Tree Bed - 500 sq ft total enclosed space, 250 sq ft
beds, 9 barrel fruit trees, automatic watering system + greywater from house.
Update 2014: This garden was excavated to make room for concrete beds, but I
realized I could break through another 3.5 feet of granite and put my house in that hole. So the garden will be
relocated to a spot near the hexagon house.
7. Projects: Sand & Gravel Harvesting, Tool Shed/Storage, Quartz Lights,
Manure Harvesting, Access Path, Dam
Update 2014: I built a sheet-steel storage shed about 10' x 20' for keeping all
gear and tools out of the weather.