Thanksgiving Monday saw us take the first step toward the Greening of Knight, our project to build a self-sustaining house, when we had a meeting with an architect keen to examine our project idea. He’ll remain anonymous for the immediate future as we haven’t finalized our working agreement yet and I am not sure if he will take on our project. Needless to say, both Josée and I were impressed with what he said, the options we might have going forward but most importantly the fact that he could identify with our project and be willing to think outside the proverbial box.
Over the last few months, I spoke with a number of architect firms and project designers. While some of them were interested in our project, I was disappointed that many of them looked at the negatives of such an endeavour; it will cost too much, the technology is not advanced enough, why not just use conventional construction strategies? Both Josée and I like to dream and think big – look at the glass half full, a world of opportunities! We plan to think through every idea and strategy, incorporate them into this house project then weed out what we can’t use or what is too expensive – it’s a sort of reverse engineering process, I guess!
Our first meeting basically consisted of us outlining some of the ideas we have regarding building styles, alternate energy systems, net zero construction, material types and sources and a draft timeline. We have no real idea where things will go from here but I suppose that is the topic for my next post. Stay tuned – more updates to follow as additional developments happen.