The next big thing I want to accomplish in my adult life is to own a home. While riding my bike to work in the morning I pick out my favorite houses and think, "I would put the vegetable garden there...flower boxes there...vermi-composter there..." In my mind's eye, I can already see the solar panels. Sadly, my current enthusiasm for a casa to call my own soundly dwarfs the budget to make it happen. Thanks to the women of Sarasota Green Marketplace, however, building your own sustainable home has taken a very convenient (and affordable) turn.
Purchased as an architect designed kit house, "My Green Home In A Box™ is a completely healthy cottage that incorporates universal design features, is affordable, quick to build, hurricane resistant, energy efficient, and pre-designed to be certifiable in several categories including the Florida Green Home Designation of Florida Green Building Coalition."
At a total of 956 square feet, including ground floor, covered porch, loft and upper level storage, the Green Home in a Box is definitely small, but isn't smaller and simpler really better? Looking at the interior mock ups, it looks perfect for two or three humans that really like each other (or in my case, two humans plus a kitty who likes us sometimes). If you need more room, several Green Home in a Box kits can be built together to form a larger structure or small community of homes.
The best part? The designers estimate that a Green Home in a Box can be can be walk-in ready for under $100,000! And for that modest chunk of change, you'll enjoy a solar water heating system by Eco Technologies, Home Front Homes structural insulated panels (SIPs), interior finishes and fixtures from Sarasota Green Marketplace, kitchen cabinets and appliances by Ikea. Hell, the designers will even train the contractor of your choice to build it!
So what do you need to get your own Green Home in a Box? 1. A lot or approved co-housing community site, 2. Financing, and 3. A willing contractor. After that it's only a phone call away!