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Thank you for replying to my post about living off grid in the UK.
Have you read Rob Roy book “Timber Framing for the rest of us” ISBN 0-86571-508-4
It is about a man that designed a house for a woman and three teenage daughters to build out of wood. It is using these principles that we built Aylmer’s Palace. It is 65 square feet and I am sure you will be able to live in it.
I could send you some photos as I don’t know how to post photos on this forum or if I can. If you want to see what we have built email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will send you some. It took us 2.5 years to build on a part time basis. Just my husband and I built this.
Hello Emily, sorry for late reply.
David and I would be interested in finding out what Leopardfilms are expecting of a TV programme. Whilst we have the land which is part of our garden, nearly a half acre, we have not made any planning application or even approaches informally to the local planners. This is for a variety of personal reasons. We are however, just about to start. My husband is in fact a town planning consultant and former local government planner. We have not got an architect/designer although David knows dozens. There is not too much specialism about in designing Passivhouses and this is also our intention. Both David and I have set out to learn as much as we can about off grid living and powering it and we are appalled at many people we contact who set themselves up as experts. They appear to know less than we do and many do not seem to be living off grid.
We have already built a summer house as an experiment for the passivhaus. We can supply details. It was built under the exemptions to control (General Permitted Development Order) as a garden building. Our house will be self build, not self contracting as many so-called self builders seem to be. We literally are going to do as much of the work as we can. Probably only the wiring, rainwater harvesting and plumbing will go out to someone else. David thinks the system does encourage a true self buider. It forces you to build in ways which are expensive and unimaginative as well as environmentally unfriendly.
We are about to start on a journey in 2013 but it did seem to me our timescale may perhaps be longer than you have in mind. The offgrid will be complete. We have no grid water. grid sewage, grid gas etc. Ours will be the complete job. Rainwater harvesting and composting toilets, here we come. We actually have done a composting toilet experiment for a year. The garden loved it and it doesn’t produce as much poo and sawdust as you think. It rots down and thats why its called compost.
We have a plan for a 4 bed house single story.
Contact us if you are interested for more information.
Yes I have read your book. It has a campervan on the front. It was a journey for you. There are varring degrees of off grid but I think that more and more people want to go off grid.
I have looked on landbuddy. I have also replied to one person who is having trouble with planning. My husband David is a planning consultant. Have a look at his website http://www.thorpefieldtownplanning.co.uk
We think Kevin McCloud is playing at it.
Thank you for your help.
We are going to have a twin tub as this will reduce our washing time and need for electricity by 5 hours. If we wash 6 loads and an automatic it will take 6 hours. If we wash in a twin tub it will take an hour.
WE can do lighting and TV but we are going to have to invert up. However, we are going to watch Kevin Mccloud on sunday building off grid.
I thought the caravan world would help but they go to site and hook up to the mains.