A lot of people aren’t aware of what I have been up to for the last 12 months and to be honest its been a trial and error scenario which is why its taken so long. Basically I have been looking at sustainable living projects here in Cebu and getting an idea of how possible it is to live “off grid” or low impact as well as low cost. Then I looked at the type of other people who may be interested in a similar idea of what we want to do and the initial concepts just got bigger and bigger. A few companies and NGO’s (Non Government Organisations) also took an interest and its now looking more likely that its going to be where I spend most of my time. Reason being for me is that I want to show its not only possible but cheap to do in comparison to normal living. Below is something we will be starting in January based on the same type of 20ft container’s being done in Costa Rica :-
Advantages of these will be that they are cheap, easily mobile and offer minimalistic living. If your like me I generally just want to travel light and I will be looking at varying designs to help add storage to the property.
Why would I want to live in this?
- Cheap to buy and with that alone is also easy to sell in the future if you outgrow it.
- Modular construction allows addition to the unit or adding a roof deck.
- Minimalistic space allows it to be positioned on a lot easily.
- Foreigners can lease a lot and this gives you full ownership of the property on it.
- Can relocate the entire building if you decide to move to another area.
- Offers up multiple uses from a single/couple studio to an office or even a small restaurant (depending on design).
- Pre-constructed so no escalating building costs and very little extra labour required except for base.
These will start to be built from January 2011 and I am looking for some feedback on interest as well as thoughts on the concept. There are bigger buildings available as well as different designs. One of which is a 20ft container split into 2 rooms with 2 bathrooms allowing bed spacer units of 2 bunks per room they are stackable and we can add a staircase to it as you expand. The concept is based on affordable housing. I am also drawing up this week a 40ft container home that is also stackable and mainly for marketing towards government and NGO projects as a sustainable,secure and environmentally friendly home. If you want something designed to order we can pretty much construct most things to your needs and I will be showing some of my plans and 3D walkthroughs shortly.
Why trust me? One thing I can say is I have done it before, I came from modular construction and most of the methods here are in line with what I have previously done. On top of that I have a lot of new ideas and concepts that I want to introduce over time which will offer a learning curve but not anything that affects the construction method. I have constructed buildings with modular methods as big as hotels as well as clinics, morgues, canteens and even military urban training grounds.
Originally posted 2010-12-28 21:04:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter