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Posted: 5/3/2015 1:07:49 PM EDT
I'm talking around about a 1000 square foot, 6" walls, super insulated, etc home that is not a hunting shack.
Something that would be easy to upkeep, on a crawlspace so that plumbing and such can be repaired.
Since I'm single with no kids, I've been thinking about how great it would be to live in such on a few acres.
Oh, I do want a two car garage / workspace, too.
Is it even possible to get such thing done these days?
I never see anything like that, as it is either cookie-cutter homes in subdivisions, or shacks.
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Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:12:25 PM EDT
Tag for interest as I was thinking the same thing. Metal roof and set up for solar. I just want a large garage.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:13:33 PM EDT
where?
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:19:24 PM EDT
Bachelor pad? 4 car garage/shop with an upstairs apartment on a couple acres.
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have, not has.
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AR.
Must I add that it need be methhead proof, too?
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:28:42 PM EDT
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Bachelor pad? 4 car garage/shop with an upstairs apartment on a couple acres.
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That would be cool, for now, but I would hope to find a spot to live until I die.
No upstairs.
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Must I add that it need be methhead proof, too?
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where?

AR.
Must I add that it need be methhead proof, too?

really?
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:35:38 PM EDT
I recently heard about a building concept for maximizing efficiency called "passive homes". I have no idea if it's a new idea or not.

Basically, instead of building a house that can "breath", they build it as airtight as possible. The entire structure, including crawlspace and attic, is climate controlled. The air handler has an intake and exhaust to the outside atmosphere with a heat exchanger that preheats the intake air with waste heat from the exhaust. Apparently, moisture isn't an issue due to a somewhat constant climate inside.

They claim it only costs 10% more to build, but is 60 - 80% more efficient than current code homes.

Here's a website that explains the concept

Passive House

I heard about it on Adam Carolla's home improvement podcast "Ace On The House". The episode is called "The Pure House" if you're interested.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:40:39 PM EDT
poured walls or poured CBS walls, double pane impact windows, metal roof with foam insulation, variable speed heat pump
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:49:20 PM EDT
My house was built in the 70's and we've gutted it and used Mooney walls when rebuilding it for efficiency. They're more efficient than 2x6 framing since there is less solid wood contact with the sheet rock. It's about 1050 square feet on 3 acres.
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Originally Posted By nsl:
I'm talking around about a 1000 square foot, 6" walls, super insulated, etc home that is not a hunting shack.
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How tall are you?
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 2:14:42 PM EDT
Talk to your local custom home builder. Engage a home designer.
All of what you ask for can be done.
Efficiency is usually a higher upfront cost with a long term payback.
The upfront cost is typically why you don,t see more of what you ask for.

2x6 @ 24 w. Rafters and ceiling joist aligned over stud and single top plate.
Tankless water heater gas fired (electric if you must)
Heat and cool by geothermal wells

If you really want get efficient, look into a timber frame house (not a log home)
w insulated panels. Seals up tight and no studs to interrupt the thermal envelope.

Insulated concrete form house.
Of course you may need to add studs strictly for looks on the inside of the house.
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Originally Posted By nsl:
I'm talking around about a 1000 square foot, 6" walls, super insulated, etc home that is not a hunting shack.


How tall are you?


2"x 6" studs vs 2"x 4" studs....for thicker insulation.

Not 6' tall walls.

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2"x 6" studs vs 2"x 4" studs....for thicker insulation.

Not 6' tall walls.

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Originally Posted By MotorMouth:
Originally Posted By nsl:
I'm talking around about a 1000 square foot, 6" walls, super insulated, etc home that is not a hunting shack.


How tall are you?


2"x 6" studs vs 2"x 4" studs....for thicker insulation.

Not 6' tall walls.



He wrote 6 inch walls, and I made a joke.
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He wrote 6 inch walls, and I made a joke.
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Originally Posted By MotorMouth:
Originally Posted By nsl:
I'm talking around about a 1000 square foot, 6" walls, super insulated, etc home that is not a hunting shack.


How tall are you?


2"x 6" studs vs 2"x 4" studs....for thicker insulation.

Not 6' tall walls.



He wrote 6 inch walls, and I made a joke.


Shorter ceilings would be more efficient.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 2:31:44 PM EDT
... Yes

As a young man, I designed and built a cabin in the Ponderosa pines on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona.

Self sufficient, and efficient. Had public power and local water
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OP I built a 1500sq ft 2 bedroom 2 bath ranch style with wrap around porch.

No basements here in NM, I sub contracted out foundation, plumping and electric.

It is stickbuilt 2x4 with closed cell insulation walls and roof, also has a metal roof, septic and propane

Total cost $80,000 including seer 18 central air

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Edit: reading comprehension sucks today. I didn't even drink yesterday.

ETA: I considered straw bale construction back in '00 when I built. Today I would seriously consider EARTHBAG FORTRESS.
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