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Sketches…

Tom giving us the low down on basic house shapes.

Tom giving us the low down on basic house shapes.

Well, we’ve had a few meetings now with Tom who is the architect working with us on this project.  So far, we’ve showed him a bunch of our ideabooks and had a few discussions about features of the project, the overall feel and some of our needs and wants.  We’ve set a very rough budget although this will probably be firmed up a little more accurately over the next few weeks as we get a better idea of where we’ll focus our funds.

Tom prepared a few concept sketches for our last meeting.  At this point, we are mostly looking at layout issues; what room goes next to what room; do we want a linear house or something curved or an L-shape?  We don’t have anything completely fixed but rather are just playing around with different ideas.  I have a pretty good idea of some of the layout features so it is just a matter of working with Tom to make them come to life.  He’s definitely captured a few of them thus far!

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Introductions

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.

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