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  • in reply to: Home/Land near Traverse City MI #66567

    Wow, thank you for the detailed response. Your house sounds nice. Would love to see some pictures if you have any posted somewhere.

    And a HUGE congratulations on paying it off!! That has to feel amazing.

    The humidity issue w/large indoor garden is especially helpful as we were planning to make it as big as possible. (Wife has a serious green thumb) Can you tell me how many sq ft of garden you have, as well as sq ft inside the house? …so I can figure out what ratio will mean too much humidity. I was hoping to (eventually) mimic the double greenhouse idea they have on the Phoenix for maximum food production.

    Also great to know about the windows. I’ve read that’s one of the larger investments, and have decided to go all out on the roof and windows.

    The wife and I are a very skilled in cutting costs and DIY, so we’ll definitely take your advice on the sweat equity. Plus we won’t have much to work with when the time comes, after wall street shrunk my 401k and walked away with bonuses. But I won’t go there :)

    Thanks again, and sorry it’s taken me so long to notice your reply. Hope you see this.

    in reply to: Home/Land near Traverse City MI #66246


    Thank you for the hopeful reply. I have two little boys (2 & 4yo) and what you described IS my dream. Though it sounds like you didn’t have to deal with an underwater mortgage, having started in 93; it’s great to know of others with the same aspirations that were able to make it happen!

    Once our kids are big enough to travel better we plan on renting one in NM to see if we really like it. Can’t imagine we won’t. I bought and have been studying those Earthship books for a couple years now. I’ve probably seen every picture and video on the internet as well. haha

    If you don’t mind I’ve been DYING to ask someone that actually lives in one…from an earthship owners standpoint, what would you have done differently, and what worked well? How’s the upkeep? Any words of wisdom?

    Take care

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