We’re a couple who seems to be always getting into some new on a regular basis. Our first adventure was when we bought a sailboat, learned how to sail on our own, then cruised into the Bahamas. We spent nearly two years living on it, working on it, and sailing on it.
After that, we took jobs in Antarctica. We’ve spent the last five summers (and one winter) working at the bottom of the planet. In between polar seasons, we travel the planet. That’s not even the best part; working in Antarctica has given us the money to start the next big adventure.
Now, we’re a couple building our own “regular”, energy efficient home; out of pocket. We just wrapped up almost a year and a half in Antarctica in hopes of drumming up the last bit of money we hope to need before we start the build. No mortgage for us!
Our dream to build our own house is multifaceted. First, the desire to design and implement a plan for our ideal home was a driving factor. Additionally, we like the idea of understanding and thoroughly knowing every square inch of our home. On the boat we learned a few concepts that we plan to incorporate into the house: A. it’s better to build it right the first time then to try to improvement it and B. redundancy is critical when it hits the fan.
Like a lot of other people, we want a house that’s energy efficient, yet still appeals to the average American. In other words, not everyone wants to live in corncob homestead.
We’ll be building 90% of the house with our own hands. Some things we’ll learn along the way, others we might need help on, but in the end we’ll have a home we built ourselves, with sweat, heart and soul.
We welcome any questions or advice. We don’t claim to be experts on this, but we’re always happy to share knowledge.