Im putting up a post and beam one story house on reinforced concrete sono-tubes. One story houses without a solid foundation are least susceptible to cracking of the foundation, and to movement moment between stories. My significant other would not agree to an underground house.
- Power is the first item:
- Right now I can be connected to the grid, but when the brownouts and blackouts start in 1-1-2000, I need protection and back up. Im using a 2300 watt diesel generator($1300--runs for 30,000 hours between overhauls), to power a Trace DR 1212 1500 watt inverter/charger($800--85-95% efficient, with 1/2 watt idling mode), and a set of 6 Trojan T-105 6 volt batteries to give 700 amp hours of service($450). I will be using one PV array but only to power a 75 watt separate fan or heating coil as an option for the toilet composter.
- Heat is the second item:
- Ill be using a used wood stove(about $300, assorted pipe). I have plenty of wood on the property, but my gas for the chain saw will only last so long before I have to do it by hand.
- Water is the third Item:
- My property appears to have a viable spring on it within 300 feet of the house. Using 2 steel galvanized garbage cans I will be developing a mini-spring house. The spring is above the house in elevation. This allows me to use a small 100 watt Shurflo P-SF AC 120 volt 2088 pump and also the same to pump the water into a pressure tank. Ill be using a cistern from the spring, with the addition of water from the roof. (Total $600)
- Hot Water: At the moment Im planning on using a Paloma Propane gas tankless heater which puts out 2 gallons per minute($755). However, with the abundant wood on the property I could go for a Pronto combination wood/diesel 15 gallon fired water heater at a much reduced price of $230.
- Sanitation: I plan to use a Sun Mar Centrex AF-NE non electric composting toilet ($1400). Ill also be using a 60 foot lined trench for gray water(about $200). This will be gravity feed and drop.
- Additional appliances:
- Either a wood cookstove or a Peerless Propane Stove($400-660)
- For washing:
- A Staber 200 watt washing machine($1000), and for back-up a small Staber two gallon manual non-electric model for $49.
Offered by Glenna.