Grow your own Home

Follow my thoughts and allow me to convince you why we ought to dream, design, build and live differently.

We need to build dwellings that expand and grow as our families grow.

My arguments hinge around some of my own house buying experiences, however don’t let this stop you from a wondering what it may be like if we choose to live like this.

Having read this article, don’t allow yourself to dismiss these ideas with trite comments like “It’s a great idea, but we will need permits and Council won’t allow us to do this!”, or “it’s not what big business wants,” you may be right, (they don’t want this) but it’s not about council or big business, it’s about you and I and our families and our children’s “inheritance.”

If we don’t make sensible choices about the homes we live in, we are throwing our children into the current system (estate home living).  This is, as far as I can tell, only creating modern day slums, or at the very least a lifestyle which relies on “big business”.   This is based on the premise that we will be willing to live in debt all our lives, and that our children will go out and start establishing their new lifes from scratch and begin the cycle again.  This is certainly not the future we should want for our children.

What is wrong with the current system?

Our current system is based on families buying into the housing market. After a while most people typically sell up and purchase a bigger and better home, the house they now realize they needed for their growing family.

The current system demands that you extend yourself to your maximum or future potential, and then buy in at that level.  Many people at this point in their lives,  commit to a lifetime of commitment and hard labor, by exchanging life comforts for a 20 or 25 years of mortgage commitment.  This is the beginning of a “manufactured economy” of supply and demand, manipulated marketing.

This single act of commitment sets you up for all sorts of problems, most of which will only become clear as you continue through your life.  Some of them are immediate and others become apparent further down the road of life.  Some of them are:

  • We settle for small blocks of land in estates which have significant physical and social limitations.
  • We invariably need to purchase a bigger home later, as our family grows, and are again in mercy of the current market, “the economy”, the lenders, and by what is available for purchase.
  • We rely on something called “inflation” to edge us up a notch or two.  This is not only unsustainable, it’s unfair.

I don’t wish to spend too much time berating a broken system.  Let’s rather look forward to a new way of doing things.

What is a Transportable Pod Home

It will help if I explain the term “Transportable Pod Home.”

A Transportable Pod Home, typically has 2 bedrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom, 1 toilet room, a lounge, and a walk in closet room.  They are made of timber, steel, and glass.  They are modern and architect designed, are modular and insulated, and are affordable; typically cost $60K – $80K.

  • It’s modern and stylish, constructed of glass, hardwood and steel
  • It’s designed to last 100 years
  • Its strong, well thought out, (architect designed) and environment friendly
  • It’s constructed of material which won’t easily damage therefore no ”chip board” , “chalk board” or any fabrics which will easily degrade
  • It needs to be removable or re-transportable after about 20 years or so.  It may be deconstructed and then reconstructed or it may be transported as a whole unit.

How it Works

1) We first select and purchase a block of land that we feel will suit our purposes.

This is probably the most important step, choosing 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 acres of land with peace and quiet, views, water, and access.  We can revisit this later, but the main thing about purchasing land is that this is where your value is: – remember, God stopped making land long ago, but he is still making people.

2) We build our first Transportable Pod Home.

Our first home looks like one of these “transportable pod homes”

This is your “love nest” this is that little shack, that place in your mind where you and your wife wanted to settle down.  Think back to that time in your life and compare what you actually did versus what you wanted to do. You probably moved into a rental, or purchased a small starter home. Perhaps you were lucky and the value doubled because of a property boom, or  “your ship came up the river”.  Good for you, but now, if you are honest, you didn’t get what you wanted, so you needed to sell and purchase another home, (and then you move two or three times hence).

1) The First Phase   

This is the first phase of building your elastic home, during this phase you landscape and plant your property.  If you have a bit of extra to spend, you might desire a swimming pool or shed.

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2) The Second Phase

The second phase is when you build your second Transportable Pod home, and double your assets.  You will now be the paid up owner of two Pod homes on the same property.

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Toilet Rooms
  • 2 Walk in Closets
  • 1 Kitchen
  • 1 Lounge
  • 1 Study, Rumpus or Craft Room
  • 2 Decks or 3 Decks – if you link both your homes together wisely

Courtyard Living: This is what could happen when you start to join the pods together.

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3) The Third Phase

The third and final phase for most families will take them to a 6-bedroom home.  If you have built three Pod homes you have:

  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Toilet Rooms
  • 3 Walk in Closets
  • 1 Kitchen
  • 2 Lounge
  • 1 Study, Rumpus or Craft Room
  • 1 ( A room for anything you like)
  • 2 Decks or 4 Decks – if you link both your homes together wisely

For examples I have collected, please look at:

http://www.pinterest.com/draynum/transportable-pod-homes/

I have not yet included photos of the third phase, but remember that this is the growing family phase.  It’s the swimming pool, the shed, the gazebo, outhouse, the spa bath room corner, the music room, the granny flat,  or the guest accommodation and rental cabin.

I would love to know what you think, since this is a work in progress and I would love some feedback.  Please send in your comments and thoughts.

Start Here
http://www.small-cabins.com/small-cabins/start-here/

Elastic Homes
http://www.small-cabins.com/small-cabins/elastic-homes-and-living/

What is a Transportable Pod Home
http://www.small-cabins.com/small-cabins/definition-transportable-pod-home/

 

Author: Roland Munyard

  • Created: 8th September 2013
  • Modified:  19th October 2013

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