Monthly Archives: July 2014

I changed the design again

I figured I needed to limit the amount of doors and windows and walls etc. I also thought its much better to get into something than nothing at all. This decision will give me a jump start on a new campaign, smart off grid small dwellings.  https://schwinghamerproject.wordpress.com/offgridpods/ Home automation is becoming a smart thing because you can control things in your house with your cell phone which in turn makes your home safer and more comfortable.

We want to create an off grid community for people to live a simpler life. This is a very small house, perfect for a couple or someone single. Yes you can add onto this home base for a family.

Smart home technologies

OK so we are planning for the whole off grid living home methods, now I should think about how to make a house smarter. Essentially I have opened another pandoras box with this topic. Almost everything can be controlled remotely from a smart phone so why not tap into what is available. We will be showing you what is possible with an overhead view of our latest micro dwelling pod home. Please check out the smart house image on the off grid kickstart campaign page.

Recent property visit

Last week I visited my show property this last week and have forgotten how much of a mess it is as far as those juniper bushes and all the rock. Friday I went there and measured so I can locate my property lines with stakes and string. Soon I’m going to go up there and start removing the junipers where my house will be, well actually all the juniper bushes, there so damn ugly! A friend suggested something that made sense, he said why don’t I cut them so they look more like pine trees. I also discovered something that made me very happy, our lot has water! I also found out that compost toilet is possible use the one that I designed. It has electricity so I think I will start with that but eventually go full solar and wind power with 12v lighting. Speaking of solar, I am trying out some systems from Northern Arizona Wind and Solar at my PV home. We want to get solar to run our pool pump, power for our home electronics and a few lights. I was thinking of using a grid tied system for the pump but now Im thinking dc for battery power storage.
I went to Navajo County planning and zoning also this last week to show them my plans and ask if you questions. They said that they allow composting toilets but in order to use my design I will need an engineer to stamp. Fortunately an engineer also needs to stamp the building system I want to use.

 

Just for giggles, I wanted to go see what was also available for properties around the White Mountain Lake area. I was shocked to find out there is quite a few choice sites for sale. The first one being near a river off the lake on a developed cul de sac.

wmlriverprop

This isn’t quite beach front but the views are pretty spectacular! This peculiar property is going of 25k and has been on the market for over ten years. The funny thing about this is there is a site on the next street that is also river front going for 10k. Im seriously thinking of putting a bid in for one of these beauties.